What is it?
Dyspepsia also called indigestion or upset stomach is a feeling of unease or pain in the upper abdomen. It is not a disease by itself but a symptom caused by various digestive conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, or gallbladder disease.
Indigestion affects people of all ages and is very common. Some of the factors contributing to indigestion include,
Even though indigestion is not a serious health condition, if left untreated, it may become one. Dyspepsia can cause the patient to eat less making him/her unhealthy in the process and then affect their day-to-day activities. Hence, it is necessary to consult a doctor and find the cause of dyspepsia right away.
Some of the symptoms for dyspepsia are as following,
If the patient exhibits the following severe symptoms then immediate medical assistance is recommended,
There are a variety of causes for indigestion these include diseases, medications and lifestyle habits. Some of the common causes of dyspepsia are,
Since indigestion is a symptom, the doctor might recommend the following diagnostic tests, which may be conducted on the severity of the condition in order to test for diseases related to indigestion.
The doctor usually starts off with a complete physical examination along with laboratory tests such as blood, breath and stool tests. Some of the diagnostic tests that doctors opt for are:
Treatment methods for indigestion include,
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