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Finally found somewhere where my symptoms make sense.

  • I was diagnosed several years ago with COPD and was given Spiriva. At that time I really had no overt symptoms and felt the medication wasn't necessary so never really went very far with that treatment. I am now 74 years old and am experiencing extreme belching which immediately precedes breathing difficulties. I've had all kinds to gastro testing and nothing has ever been found to cause the belching. I suspect that now by COPD has progressed from the original diagnosis and may be manifesting as this belching problem. I wonder if others have related experience and, more importantly, if there is some recommendations that they have experienced that reduces the problem. From what I read of others, Spiriva may well make the problem worse - which would suggest I shouldn't take it. I would appreciate any comments or observations.

    Post created 4 months 1 week ago

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  • Hello Dave

    Hello Dave
    Belching could certainly be of gastrointestinal origin, in which case a cause indeed needs to be pinpointed. If an endoscopy can be endured, that would be ideal for a diagnosis; ulcer, hernia, tumors, or otherwise, with or without H.pylori. Gall bladder disease and pancreatitis, and Giardiasis, hernia, are also to be considered. In this regard, I enjoyed reading John's post, the chemistry part of it, which makes sense, regardless whether you will apply it, or not. In this same connection, the info about H.Pylori is news, and interesting as to whether it causes or ameliorates the ulcer; I will look this up, yet I appreciate any reference given from John. More, the note about healing effect of cabbage, outside medical prescription, is well known and circulated in our region of the world; there is agreement that it does help heal a stomach ulcer-if there of course!
    On the other hand, Dave, belching results also from other than the stomach and intestines, it may be from the brain-our master. While sex hormones decline impact may be behind it, a lesion up in the brain needs to be ruled out, through an MRI or scan. COPD and spiriva cannot be accused as culprits, before other causes are eliminated.
    I will be glad to be kept posted.
    Dr Hana Fayyad, pediatrician

    (Maria Jasmine Freeman, author of The Cross Of Menopause-Immolation🔥🔥🔥

    4 months 1 week ago

  • As I mentioned in the

    As I mentioned in the original post, I've had all kinds of gastro checks, including an endoscopy, that precluded any gastro related issue.

    4 months 1 week ago

  • Correction:

    Correction:

    If you can get rid of the ulcer through a prescription or (not of) cabbage, the alleged H. Pylori might clear up and stop producing gas.

    4 months 1 week ago

  • Correction:

    Correction:

    If you can get rid of the ulcer through a prescription or (not of) cabbage, the alleged H. Pylori might clear up and stop producing gas.

    4 months 1 week ago

  • You might have an ulcer. Ask

    You might have an ulcer. Ask your doctor but cabbage seemed to get rid of my ulcer very quickly. Maybe it will make you burp. Please read my entire post here to put it all in context at the end.

    1) H. pylori bacteria once thought to cause ulcers. My understanding is that more recently many believe it is symbiotic and actually helps prevent ulcers by producing sodium bicarbonate which neutralizes the stomach acid locally. The bacteria apprently finds breaks in the stomache lining, buries it's head in the exposed tissue, and shoots sodium bicarbonate out it's rear end... lowering the local acidity in a powerful way without endangering the tissue. A strong alkaline could kill tissue. Sodium bicarbonate is not very strong as an alkaline but it has a very strong ability to neutralize acid. It is known as a buffer.

    You may know that when sodium bicarbonate meets acid it releases CO2 gas. Your burbs may be CO2. Maybe burp into a jar with a candle in the bottom and see if the candle goes out. If the burps are methane and the jar explodes... you may not have an ulcer.

    Maybe better... get a universal ph test strip from somewhere. Garden supplies sell them. Put one in a jar/glass that has about 4 oz of distilled water in it. Get a straw. Burb bubbles into the water through the straw. If the burp is CO2, it might make the water acidic.

    2) When I got my ulcer I first tried pepto bismal for a few days. No improvement. The I tried a powerful drug my doctor prescibed for a few days. No improvement, and the side effects scared me. So I did what people do and looked around the internet. Not really a good idea probably, but this time it panned out. I read articles claiming cabbage is good for ulcers. I tried it. In a couple days my ulcer was gone. Period. Of course this may have been a latent effect from the proton pump inhibitor my doctor prescribed... but, open to this, based on the details, I was fairly certain it was just the cabbage. Just regular old cabbage is fine. Maybe a little better to steam it or put it in a soup. Some say it is the vitamin K in the cabbage. I have no idea, nor do I care. But if somebody tries to patent cabbage or Monsanto tries to alter it... I will be there to object.

    3) If you have an ulcer, the H. Pylori may be the fingers in the dam. If you can get rid of the ulcer through a prescription of cabbage, the alleged H. Pylori might clear up and stop producing gas.

    4) I am not a doctor. I am nobody. I know nothing. Try eating cooked cabbage at your own risk.

    4 months 1 week ago

  • You might have an ulcer. Ask

    You might have an ulcer. Ask your doctor but cabbage seemed to get rid of my ulcer very quickly. Maybe it will make you burp. Please read my entire post here to put it all in context at the end.

    1) H. pylori bacteria once thought to cause ulcers. My understanding is that more recently many believe it is symbiotic and actually helps prevent ulcers by producing sodium bicarbonate which neutralizes the stomach acid locally. The bacteria apprently finds breaks in the stomache lining, buries it's head in the exposed tissue, and shoots sodium bicarbonate out it's rear end... lowering the local acidity in a powerful way without endangering the tissue. A strong alkaline could kill tissue. Sodium bicarbonate is not very strong as an alkaline but it has a very strong ability to neutralize acid. It is known as a buffer.

    You may know that when sodium bicarbonate meets acid it releases CO2 gas. Your burbs may be CO2. Maybe burp into a jar with a candle in the bottom and see if the candle goes out. If the burps are methane and the jar explodes... you may not have an ulcer.

    Maybe better... get a universal ph test strip from somewhere. Garden supplies sell them. Put one in a jar/glass that has about 4 oz of distilled water in it. Get a straw. Burb bubbles into the water through the straw. If the burp is CO2, it might make the water acidic.

    2) When I got my ulcer I first tried pepto bismal for a few days. No improvement. The I tried a powerful drug my doctor prescibed for a few days. No improvement, and the side effects scared me. So I did what people do and looked around the internet. Not really a good idea probably, but this time it panned out. I read articles claiming cabbage is good for ulcers. I tried it. In a couple days my ulcer was gone. Period. Of course this may have been a latent effect from the proton pump inhibitor my doctor prescribed... but, open to this, based on the details, I was fairly certain it was just the cabbage. Just regular old cabbage is fine. Maybe a little better to steam it or put it in a soup. Some say it is the vitamin K in the cabbage. I have no idea, nor do I care. But if somebody tries to patent cabbage or Monsanto tries to alter it... I will be there to object.

    3) If you have an ulcer, the H. Pylori may be the fingers in the dam. If you can get rid of the ulcer through a prescription of cabbage, the alleged H. Pylori might clear up and stop producing gas.

    4) I am not a doctor. I am nobody. I know nothing. Try eating cooked cabbage at your own risk.

    4 months 1 week ago

  • i never had any belching with

    i never had any belching with Spiriva.Sometimes if i missed taking it throut would get stuffy when talking

    4 months 1 week ago

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