I had a Botox injection in my esophagus on the 23rd of this month because I had achalasia. The Dr. pumped gas into me with the result I have the feeling of burping all the time. In the beginning, I had terrible hiccoughs and felt terribly nauseous but that has gone. She said it would last a few days, but it has gone on for a week. I want to know if I can take Charcoal tablets to get rid of this awful feeling of burping all the time. Even when I drink water. – June
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I assume you know what Botox is – Botulism Toxin. You may want to look it up here.
“Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems, including…” That is hardly reassuring. Sounds like something the witch doctors would use when I was in Africa (cow dung mixed with cobra venom)
Side effects include “Difficulty in swallowing”. In other words it causes the problem you are trying to treat.
The medical literature says surgery and non-surgery methods are both about as effective or ineffective (depending on how you want to look at it) – at best only temporary – up to a few months.
Meanwhile there are several inexpensive and harmless methods for treating achalasia.
As for the burping, I suspect charcoal powder taken orally will help. I can’t say for certain, but I can say if it doesn’t help, it will do no harm. The doctor can’t say that about Botox. Doctors pretend it is harmless but it can be lethal: The botulinum toxin contained in Botox can spread to other body areas beyond where it was injected. This has caused serious life-threatening side effects in some people receiving botulism toxin injections, even for cosmetic purposes.
Is the burping worse after meals, drinking, getting up in the morning, or “all the time”? If the sensation is associated with the gas the charcoal should work, but I would think the gas has long since moved on. If charcoal orally does not help, then apply a charcoal poultice over the area. Video: How To Make an Activated Charcoal Poultice.
You can purchase charcoal powder here.
How long have you had the achalasia?
Your history before achalasia:
- any previous history of heartburn/indigestion?
- how often do you eat?
- how much snacking?
- do you eat hot spicy foods
- do you regularly drink with your meals?
- do you drink HOT or COLD drinks?
I sometimes have mild spasms of the esophagus that are painful and prevent me from swallowing. Typically it happens when I am in a hurry. Relaxing and stretching my neck usually fixes the problem. I can now remember my father sometimes stretching his neck but I never knew why.
The problem is getting the nerves to function so the muscles will relax.
Simply hot/cold hydrotherapy treatments to the neck area will help improve nerve function, as well as help the muscles to relax. You can use a “Heating Compress” or hot and cold fomentations. Here is a link with video demonstrations that you can follow. The hot fomentations do not need to be blistering hot, but the cold should be COLD.
There is a fundamental principle for good health and that is “Perfect health depends upon perfect circulation”. The life is in the blood, and if the blood is not circulating well for whatever reason, then ill health will develop.
The habit of drinking very HOT or COLD drinks after a while desensitizes the nerves of the esophagus and stomach. Drinking with meals and eating between meals is a common contributor to acid reflux which over time scars the esophagus.
These are some habits you will want to address while you try to treat the symptoms you are experiencing. It will do little good to look for a quick fix solution with drugs or surgery, and as you are experiencing, will only trigger worse problems.
After you give these suggestions an honest try, I would appreciate it if you took some of your valuable time to let me know what you did and what the results were. If you have specific questions please let me know.
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- Video: How to make a Activated Charcoal Slurry to drink