A father of two who has been constantly burping for the last eight months says his life has become a nightmare.
Michael O’Reilly, 61, bursts into uncontrollable fits of belching every seven minutes.
His first bout of the bizarre affliction happened last June in the middle of a round of golf with a pal.
But medics have so far been able to diagnose the condition and the gassy outbursts have become louder and more violent over the last eight months.
Michael O’Reilly, 61, has burped every seven minutes since his first burp attack last June
Medics have been unable to diagnose the condition although Michael believes he has aerophagia which can last two years
Former taxi driver Michael, of Erdington, Birmingham, said: ‘It just began with a single burp from drinking a cup of tea last June.
‘It was before I went out on the golf course and the old guy I was playing with gave me a couple of boiled sweets to help as it continued during the round.
‘But it only seemed to make it worse, I kept on burping. It was pretty off-putting but I thought nothing more of it – until the burps would not stop coming the next day.
‘They happen every seven minutes now, pretty much without fail, they can be short single burp or a series of sharp ones which come out of nowhere.
‘People have asked if it could be down to anxiety or nerves – but I’m a relaxed, laid back kind of person so I don’t believe it’s that.
‘I have Huntington’s disease and suffer from insomnia too but I don’t think it’s connected to that in any way.
The gassy attacks have made Michael’s life a ‘nightmare’ and he says he is struggling to find a job because of it
‘Whatever it is, I just want it sorted so I can go back to enjoying a cup of tea without worrying about bursting out into loud burps.’
The belching is particularly worse whenever Michael has something to drink – with Weetabix and milk being the worst for triggering the attacks.
And to make matters worse the uncontrollable attacks mean he has struggled to find work.
Michael believes he could have aerophagia – a condition of excessive air swallowing, which goes to the stomach.
He added: ‘If I have Weetabix with milk that sets me off the worst but if I eat pie and chips, they aren’t as bad. It is mainly whenever I have any fluids.
‘It is just so random and I don’t know what is going on. They can last for about three seconds. I just want it to stop though as it really worries me.’