By My Family Plate at December 20, 2010 | 2:10 pm |
10 Things You Should Know About Indigestion
by Rebecca Rost
- Indigestion is also known as dyspepsia
- Indigestion is a general term covering a variety of symptoms in the gastrointestinal tract
- Ingestion occurs when any part of the gastrointestinal tract functions abnormally
- Symptoms generally include pain in the upper abdomen, bloating, early fullness during a meal, and uncomfortable fullness after a meal
- Common causes related to lifestyle include eating too fast, overeating, excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption, smoking, spicy foods, high-fat foods, nervousness, and pregnancy
- Certain medications can cause indigestion, such as aspirin, antibiotics, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Diseases that can cause indigestion include peptic ulcers, pancreatitis, and occasionally cancer
- It is important to see you doctor if you have recurring symptoms of indigestion in order to rule out any underlying conditions.
- Functional dyspepsia is the term used when a cause for indigestion cannot be found
- If lifestyle changes fail to help your indigestion there are a number of over-the-counter drugs, as well as prescription medications that are available.
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