Though cancer can cause burping, this symptom can also be caused by psychological factors.

Anxiety can cause a LOT of symptoms, including headache, backache, stomach ache, a knotty feeling in the stomach, diarrhea, a racing heart, a fluttering heart, a lump feeling in the throat …

But what about belching?

Burping is associated with obnoxious behavior and eating too much, and with gulping air with a carbonated beverage.

But can anxiety actually cause one to burp?

“Yes. Anxiety can cause excessive burping,” says Dr. Jeffrey Fine, MD, the chief of gastroenterology at the Medical Surgical Clinic of Irving.

How does this happen?

“When people become anxious, they may swallow excessive amounts of air,” says Dr. Fine.

“This is called aerophagia. When this happens, air goes into the stomach and is then forced back through the esophagus and out of the mouth – more commonly thought of as burping.”

The solution would be to make sure that your mouth is closed during periods of anxiety.

But this tactic isn’t always easy to pull off, especially if the anxiety is of an acute and severe nature.

If you’re still burping, put yourself in a state of mind that induces relaxation and calmness, and see if it goes away.

For instance, settle down in your favorite piece of furniture with some soothing music, and focus on something that will distract your mind from anxiety, such as counting backwards by seven from 100; or counting each tick of the clock in the room.

Or repeat in your head your favorite poem or song lyrics over and over.

Do this for awhile and see if the burping goes away.

Dr. Fine has been in practice for over 30 years and specializes in digestive health, integrative medicine and food sensitivities.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  


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