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REASONS PEOPLE COMPLAIN OF INDIGESTION AND WAYS TO MANAGE IT
Indigestion also known as dyspepsia is a common condition. It can happen when your body has trouble digesting food. It occurs in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract is a sequence of organs that play a part in digestion. Anyone can get indigestion. You can get it on occasion, or it can be an ongoing problem.
Symptoms of indigestion:
- Indigestion can feel like a stomach ache.
- nausea and/or vomiting
- gurgling stomach and/or gas
- acid reflux
- pain, discomfort or a burning feeling in your chest or stomach.
A lot of factors can cause indigestion. These factors can include:
- Eating certain foods that are hard to process, such as foods that are high in spice, fat, acid, and/or fiber.
- Eating too late in the day.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Getting too much caffeine.
- Taking certain medicines.
- A lack of sleep.
Problems in your GI tract or other health issues also can cause indigestion. These include:
- Acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Infection, A bacterial infection
- Stomach cancer
How is indigestion diagnosed?
To start, your doctor will review your symptoms and perform a physical exam. If there are warning signs in your history or during your exam, your doctor may order tests to determine the cause of indigestion. Those tests can include blood work, urine/stool tests, or an X-ray or ultrasound. Sometimes the doctor will perform an upper endoscopy to see inside your stomach. Your doctor will insert a thin tube with a camera on the end into your esophagus.
Can indigestion be prevented or avoided?
There are ways to prevent indigestion. To start, you need to know your body and how it reacts to different food and drinks. Spicy and acidic foods and carbonated drinks can trigger indigestion. Try to avoid those things when possible. Eat smaller meals throughout the day, and don’t eat too late at night. Don’t lie down too soon after eating. Limit the use of alcohol. If you use tobacco, try to quit. Stress and lack of sleep also can worsen symptoms.
Your treatment will depend on what is causing your indigestion. The prevention methods for indigestion also are forms of treatment. These include changing your diet and the way you eat. Getting more sleep and reducing stress also help.
If you have a stomach ulcer, it can be cured. You may need to take an acid-blocking medicine. If you have an infection in your stomach, you may also need to take an antibiotic.
Pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, do not help with indigestion. They can worsen your condition, especially if used often.
Antacids are meant to work against the acid in your system.
Histamine blockers include pepcid. These can help reduce pain and symptoms, but should not be used long-term.
Proton pump inhibitors omeprazole and lansoprazole are now available over the counter. These medicines help block the site of acid production in your stomach.
You may need other treatment, based on the cause of your indigestion.
Thanks for sharing this with us, I'm blessed by this, but my issue is Ulcer.
When it starts I'm always on the floor rolling, please how can I cure Ulcer, I have tried every medicine suggested both traditional and native.
@alexia First you have to run a test to be sure its ulcer, after the test is confirmed there are kits designed for ulcer treatment. You can start with that.
Then check foods you take, you reduce spicy, fried and acidic foods. Also, you reduce stress because stress can aggravate it as well...
My younger brother always complains of this condition all the time. He is unable to toilet sometimes.
He takes alcohol and eats late at night, could this be the cause?
Jemi for Life
@jemila He should see a doctor, it could be a lot of reasons like pile, etc....
@gorgeousg yes it's been confirmed it's Ulcer, please what are the kits for treatment?
@alexia there are various kits such as peptikit, ulsakit, elicorid, etc...
Is it possible for him to have pile at that age?
Jemi for Life
@jemila yeah its possible, pile is not restricted by age, first he should stop alcohol usage and see a gastroenterologist. A proper diagnosis would be done..