Loud esophageal noises after swallowing?

Commented on May 05, 2015
Created May 03, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Hi. I have been on Paleo AIP for 8 months and just within the past couple of months I have noticed a strange onset of noisy "squirting" sounds in the left waist region after swallowing, especially saliva or water and sometimes food. I am lost as to what this might indicate: improvement or a problem? Am I swallowing air or structurally misaligned? Why the onset of this though? It ebbs and flows a bit. In the early days of noticing it there was an uncomfortable clutching sensation that accompanied the sounds, but that has stopped. Any thoughts?

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on May 05, 2015
at 01:41 AM

Yes, it's called borborygmus.  It happens to me all the time, particularly if I'm stressed and I'm usually experiencing a lot of heartburn when it's happening.  And yes, water can trigger this.  It was nearly constant when I was pregnant, even in the early days before there was any appreciable pressure on my abdomen. 

I think it's associated with GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)--mine is certainly better when I avoid certain triggers like grains, sugars, and dairy, use digestive enzymes, and occasionally acid blockers. Fluid dairy almost always makes it happen, so I use coconut milk instead. 


on May 05, 2015
at 07:00 PM

Thank you for sharing your experience. I haven't correlated my noisiness with any specific foods and the only liquid I drink is water. I think that in my case, maybe your pressure comment applies. I think the cause may be postural: When I stand "upright" my low ribs are actually thrusted out, so I'm thinking that puts a bend, kink, distortion in my digestive tract. Add an excessively low BMI and therefore no muffling layer, I feel like maybe what I hear is hypertonic valve activity. When I reposition and tuck my low ribs it doesn't happen. My shoulders round way forward in that position though, which is why for years I have used the "smoke and mirrors" rib thrust to disguise that. I think my healing digestive system is complaining about not just food sensitivities but postural abuse. I'm strict AIP, so I'm off grains, sugar and dairy.

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