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Burping is one of the most common naturally occurring phenomena of the human body, and it is rarely alarming. When it is, however, accompanied by symptoms such as chest pains, numbness and a tingling in the hands and fingers, patients should seek medical advice immediately. The disorders known to cause these symptoms are listed below.

Heartburn/GERD

The condition known as "heartburn" refers to a mild to severe pain, and burning sensation in the chest, usually experienced after a meal. Bending or lying down often aggravates the condition. The term is often used synonymously with "acid reflux", which is caused by the splashing of stomach acids back up into the esophagus.

Gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD for short, is a similar but more serious condition. In this condition, the acidic contents of the stomach flow back into the esophagus more often, and antacids or painkillers do not immediately relieve the symptoms.

Other symptoms may include dry cough and trouble swallowing. A change in dietary habits can reduce the occurrence and amount of acid reflux. Surgery may be required in severe cases.

Remember: Patients may experience severe symptoms like headache, tingling in different parts of the body, or mood changes in severe cases. You should seek medical assistance if you experience these symptoms.

DO NOT forget peripheral neuropathy. This is a term for "damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system". This is very rare in young patients but also the second disorder that comes to a doctor's mind if patient complains of numbness in the arms and heartburn.

Stress and Anxiety

Psychologists have established a link between stress, anxiety and gastrointestinal conditions, particularly Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Other accompanying symptoms include feeling faint, shivering, abdominal discomfort, difficulty breathing, and in some cases insomnia. Stress management exercises can help prevent and relieve these conditions. Reading, shopping, listening to music, exercising, or any other activity that you find interesting helps calm your nerves.

Indigestion

Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion refers to a feeling of heaviness, burning and discomfort in the upper stomach during or after a meal. Symptoms such as belching, abdominal pain, nausea, and trembling are common. Treatment advice includes eating healthily and wisely, avoiding spicy foods, consuming adequate amounts of water and some significant lifestyle changes.

Hernia (typically Hiatal hernia)

Th protrusion or displacement of an organ from its normal position is referred to as Hernia. Abdominal hernias are very common and occur when the intestines break through weakened abdominal walls. Hernias can also form in other regions, and the symptoms explained above point mainly towards "hiatal hernia". In a hiatal hernia, the upper stomach squeezes through the hiatus (opening of the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes). Causes of hernia may be muscle weakness, age, strain, chronic coughing, or damage due to any injury or surgery. Symptoms often include burping, heartburn, pain, and gurgling sensation. Treatment is according to the size and severity of the hernia. A simple change in diet can improve your condition, but if matters become worse, surgery is the treatment of choice.

Overeating

Overeating can cause the stomach to churn up more acid in order to digest the excess of food consumed, causing an unpleasant acid reflux and heartburn.

While heartburn and chest pain are common, accompanying symptoms such as numbness and tingling are very rarely seen. These symptoms only appear when the acidity increases to a certain extent.

Some other disorders that may present with similar symptoms are listed below.

  • Peptic ulcers: Sores in the lining of the stomach or duodenum, due to infection or excessive acid production.

  • Eating certain foods

  • Wearing tight clothes

  • Electrolyte imbalance: An imbalance of the essential minerals and salts required by the body to maintain its osmotic balance.

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