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Grandmother mystifies medics by burping uncontrollably for two years
A grandmother has been left virtually housebound for two years because she burps uncontrollably.
Jean Driscoll, 72, said she started belching two years ago and despite visits to two doctors and three hospitals, noone has been able to diagnose what it wrong with her.
The grandmother-of-five from Chelmsford, Essex, has spent hundreds of pounds on medicine and possible cures and said she is being forced to pay to see a specialist privately because the NHS cannot help her.
Mrs Driscoll said: 'I don't go out anymore because I'm too embarrassed. People laugh and stare at me.
'One man said 'Can't you control that noise?' It's awful travelling to the hospital on the train, everyone looks at you. My friend explained I can't help it but people still look disgusted.
'I make them (noises) all day long, they only stop when I lay down.'
Mrs Driscoll, who lives with her son Stephen, 36, worked as a nurse, a housing manager and a social worker before she retired. After retirement she had an active social life, was a school governor and volunteered at Broomfield Hospital in Essex running a refreshment trolley and library service.
But two years ago she started experiencing pains in her chest which developed into noisy belches which she has no control over. Now the pensioner is too ashamed to venture out of her home for fear of being ridiculed for her loud burps.
'I can't go out shopping, someone has to get it for me, I can't go to the dentist, I can't go and get my hair done. They are all little things but they are part of life. I am completely isolated.
'I've got no life know, it's making me depressed to be trapped in my home. I've never had a diagnosis, no one has been able to tell me what's causing this. I find it very upsetting.'
Grandmother Jean Driscoll
Mrs Driscoll began making belching noises three years ago. In 2007 it got so bad that she went to see her GP.
'I was told I could be taking in too much air, I was given medication for trapped wind and acid reflux but nothing helped,' she said.
The pensioner was referred to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford where a tiny camera was passed down her throat into her stomach to see if they could spot a problem.
Mrs Driscoll said results came back clear and she was given an ultrasound of her stomach and a barium meal with x-rays to see if there were any digestive problems which also returned normal.
She said: 'Obviously I'm pleased there's nothing seriously wrong with me but I would really like an answer.'
While her condition her baffled the medics, Mrs Driscoll, a divorced mother-of-four, has scoured the internet to try and find a cure by herself.
She has spent more than £700 on prescription and over the counter medicine for anti wind and acid reflux, undergone allergy testing and given up milk and diary products to see if that helped.
The pensioner has also had acupuncture and hypnotherapy but nothing has stopped her constant burping.
She said: 'It seems to get worse with stress and it is worse in the mornings.
'I'm waiting to see a specialist, who is apparently a really great chap and I'm pinning all my hopes on him. Apparently he's only allowed to work 17 hours a week for the NHS so there is a three month wait to see him. I've paid £200 for a private appointment.
'I cannot wait any longer. It's a shame the NHS has gone this way, you have to fight for everything. I have had to insist on tests, it's terrible it's in this state really.
'I'm left to battle on. I would be so grateful to hear from anybody or a doctor out there who can help me. It's been going on for so long now.'
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