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Week of July 30, 2001

    Question:   My doctor told me that the burping I experience is due to swallowing the air while I am sleeping and during my meals. What can I do to reduce the number of burps (2-3 a minute beginning in the morning and many times during the day and finishing at midnight when I go to sleep). Are there any medication or supplements that I can take? It is annoying, embarrassing and my esophagus is hurting.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 61-year-old male, somewhat overweight (6'0" - 235 lbs). For the last several months I have experienced extreme sweating from the head during my sleep. This has interrupted my sleeping pattern, and I am presently exhausted from lack of sleep. At night my pillow becomes so wet with persperation that I must turn the pillow over. I have been to the local physician and he seems to feel that this is strictly due to my weight and lack of exercise. Any possible clues you could provide would be greatly appreciated.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have this really bad burning in my abdominal area between belly button and pubic area. No pain just burning all the time. I had vaginal cultures done, and they were all negative. What could be causing this? Sometimes this burning sensation travels up to my face, just for a split second. What type of doctor should I go to see?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer