Most commonly, functional diseases interfere with patients’ comfort and daily activities. Individuals who develop nausea or pain after eating may skip breakfast or lunch because of the symptoms they experience. Patients also commonly associate symptoms with specific foods (for example, milk, fat, vegetables).
People often have heartburn (a burning sensation deep in the chest) along with indigestion. But heartburn itself is a different symptom that may indicate another problem.
Atrophic gastritis, gastric ulcer, and gastric cancer sometimes are associated with delayed gastric emptying by mechanisms that are obscure. Medications of a wide variety cause symptoms of indigestion by presumed direct gastric irritation (e.g., acetylsalicylic acid and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), by central effects (e.g., morphine), and by anticholinergic effects or side effects (e.g., atropine, various antispasmodics, and phenothiazines). Dyspepsia — commonly known as indigestion — is a catch-all term for pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen.
Thatâ€™s because the brain finds it hard to distinguish whether pain is coming from the heart or from the stomach and oesophagus. It can be hard to know the difference and, if you are really worried, itâ€™s best to seek urgent medical help. A heart attack may start when youâ€™re exerting yourself – using a treadmill or having sex, for instance. It will usually be a pressure, ache or tight band of pain on the left side of your chest. It can then spread up to your neck and jaw and make you breathless, faint and sweaty.
- If medication doesnâ€™t ease your symptoms, youâ€™re finding it difficult to eat or keep food down, youâ€™re losing weight, or youâ€™re experiencing abdominal pain, talk to your GP or midwife.
- Moreover, the results of treatment must be evaluated on the basis of subjective responses (such as improvement of pain).
- Treatment of these conditions may involve several methods including lifestyle changes, medications, specialist care and/or surgery.
- It can be hard to know the difference and, if you are really worried, itâ€™s best to seek urgent medical help.
- A thorough pelvic exam or transvaginal ultrasound is the best way to diagnose ovarian cancer.
UnityPoint Health Virtual Care works for you to determine whatâ€™s causing your stomach pain. Indigestion is the discomfort a person feels in the upper part of their stomach. Individuals with indigestion often experience feeling full early in a meal or an uncomfortable fullness after a meal, discomfort or burning in their stomach, and bloating. Occasionally experiencing heartburn is common and shouldnâ€™t cause a person to feel alarmed.
Symptoms of dyspepsia include upper abdominal pain or discomfort and frequently include symptoms of burning, pressure, or fullness often, but not necessarily, related to meals. Abdominal bloating is a common complaint that is often blamed on excess gas in the bowel and is often associated with abdominal distension so that clothing has to be loosened. This is usually due to relaxation of the abdominal muscles in an unconscious way to relieve discomfort. The distension usually disappears on lying flat or on contracting the abdominal muscles.
Be sure to consume fluids with every meal, as this helps to move food through the digestive tract. It may help to know that although functional dyspepsiaâ€™s a pain, itâ€™s not dangerous. A one-month trial of acid-suppressing treatment (proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) is often prescribed.