I Can’t Burp – The Illustrated Guide

Last year I wrote a post about dysfunction of the burp reflex. Looking back on it now, I can see that it’s pretty wordy. Those who mock or doubt the condition would be especially put off from reading so many sentences about those who can’t burp (and it is they in particular who should read it!). Therefore I decided to create:

Can't burp title page

Since I’m an illustrator and all.

DBR - stomach


burp diagram


can't burp - dysfunction of burp reflex

I understand that this is still fairly wordy – some words were still necessary. Hopefully it has helped to explain this much dismissed (and bloody annoying) condition more clearly.

More illustrations about the condition, what can help and why to follow!

6 thoughts on “I Can’t Burp – The Illustrated Guide

  1. Thank you for the illustration! I have this as well and at times I feel so awful and I just have to go lay on my back because then it’s home. I really wish there could be something done about this because this effects my daily life so badly.

    1. Thanks for your comment! Totally relate – sometimes there’s nothing to be done except to go lie down. The search for answers is slow at the moment, but ongoing! I hope to be able to share any news as I come across it.

  2. You have no idea how helpful this diagram is in explaining my distress to others. Like you said, people shoot you looks of derision when you say you can’t burp. SO FRUSTRATING. Again, thanks!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Melissa! I’m glad you found the drawings helpful. Hopefully it might educate some people and show them that it’s actually a real problem.

      1. I am so happy to hear that I’m not the only person that suffers from this problem. I would love to find a way to control it. I do find that carbonated drinks and sugar seem to increase the lovely noise in my throat. I also cannot burp and laying down on my right side is basically the only way to get rid of it. I have tried acid reflux medicine and anti gas pills but as of yet I have no relief and I have had this problem for over 20 years.

  3. This was awesome to stumble across! I just made a Facebook group for this condition and was doing some random googling to find things to link to… will share to my zero community members (feel free to join)!

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