Dyspepsia Disease

There are a lot of problems that people can experience with regards to their digestive system. The digestive system is one of the biggest systems in the human body, beginning from the mouth to the colon. It involves many different processes and it also involves many of the organs in the human body including the teeth, tongue, esophagus, stomach, colon, and different substances which are used to help in the overall digestion process. Because of the many processes and organs involved, a lot of risks can also be associated with the digestive system. One of the most common problems that people suffer from which is related to the digestion is dyspepsia.

What is dyspepsia?

The word “dyspepsia”  comes from two Greek words: dys, meaning bad or wrong; and pepsis, meaning digestion. In the simplest sense and when translated to English, dyspepsia literally means wrong digestion. This condition is the medical term for the problem of indigestion, which a lot of people have already experienced. Most people are familiar with the term indigestion, which is why dyspepsia is not very familiar to many. However, the condition is fairly common, but this doesn’t mean that it’s easy enough to experience. Dyspepsia can be very disturbing and unpleasant especially if it’s very severe.

Causes of Dyspepsia

In general, dyspepsia is caused by the incorrect function of the digestive system. But there are several reasons why the digestion of a person may not be performing properly. One of these is GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. If you are suffering from this kind of disorder, you experience having too much acid in your stomach. This makes the digestion process more difficult because the normal balance of the stomach is destroyed.

Another cause of dyspepsia is gastritis, which is the inflammation of the lining of the stomach. There are different triggers to this disorder but once you have gastritis, you will definitely experience great abdominal pain and frequent dyspepsia problems.

Peptic ulcers are also causes of dyspepsia, although this is not as common as GERD and gastritis. Peptic ulcer can be a serious problem if not treated appropriately. In very rare cases, gastritis can also be a symptom of cancer.

Symptoms of Dyspepsia

You will know that you have dyspepsia if you are experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Upper abdominal pain that cuts through and lasts for a long time
  • Bloated feeling and excessive gassiness
  • Feeling of fullness even after eating a very small serving or even without having eaten anything yet
  • Tender feeling on the abdomen once palpation or physical examination is performed

Treatment and Management of Dyspepsia

Once you find out that you have dyspepsia, there are some important things that you should know in order to manage it. Your lifestyle will be altered as long as you are suffering from it, especially when it comes to your diet. Eating too much will definitely trigger your dyspepsia problem and it can also cause great pain especially if you ate a lot of spicy, oily, and fatty foods which are all very hard to digest. You should also not miss any meal but only eat in small amounts whenever you feel hunger. This will make it easier for your body to digest the food.

Treating dyspepsia can be difficult if you only address the dyspepsia problem itself. In order to completely overcome the problem, the best approach would be by treating the root cause first. If the problem is caused by GERD, it is better to treat GERD first because after this problem has been corrected, the dyspepsia problem will also be eliminated. But immediate treatments for dyspepsia include the use of antacids, proton pump inhibitors, and anti-flatulents. Nevertheless, it is recommended to visit a doctor first before taking medications.