Are you above 50 yrs? Do you have Dyspepsia?

December 03, 2008

Think of the TV ads of antacids. A disturbed face, an x-ray shot of the burning human digestive system and then a white liquid quenching the fire within and then a happy face endorsing the product. We associate dyspepsia or indigestion with this kind of discomfort.

A painful discomfort in the upper middle part of the stomach, or a disturbed digestion not associated with a definitive pathological condition describes this medical condition. Eating the wrong foods or overeating is the main cause for dyspepsia along. Other than acid reflux and anti-inflammatory drugs more serious conditions like the malfunctioning of either the nervous system or the muscular activity of the stomach or small intestine can also be the cause of dyspepsia.

The symptoms of dyspepsia may be in the form of

  • A gnawing or burning stomach pain
  • Bloating or a full feeling
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Burping
  • Regurgitation

We call this “sick feeling” or “indigestion”. This may significantly interfere with our day to day activities causing pain and discomfort for days.

You may have to be cautious and consult your doctor if you have persisting dyspeptic symptoms. A deep stomach ulcer or stomach cancer can cause dyspeptic symptoms. Take my word of caution if you have dyspepsia and

  1. Have severe vomiting
  2. are above 50 years of age
  3. Have lose weight unintentionally
  4. Have trouble swallowing
  5. Pass black stools
  6. Feel a mass in your stomach area.

That’s it but no need to lose hope. You have good treatment available for dyspepsia. As always, remember not to stop your antibiotic once you start feeling better. Also, try to learn more about your condition from your doctor other than what he recommends. It is your right! Some of the question you need answers are

  • Are there any serious problems associated with it?
  • What is the cause behind indigestion?
  • Advice on diet.
  • Can he suggest any OTC drug to alleviate the problem?
  • What can I do to prevent it?

Additionally, you can avoid greasy foods or solid foods especially meat. People with lactose intolerance should avoid all dairy products from the diet.People with acid reflux will have to eat early before going to bed. It may help you if can limit the intake of alcohol and avoid aspirin, and non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. Manage stress in your daily life and reduce IBS symptoms too.

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