Dyspepsia

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dyspepsia is one of the most common gastrointestinal ailments, affecting an estimated 20 percent of people in the United States. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this ailment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dyspepsia is a pain or an uncomfortable feeling in the upper middle part of your stomach area. The pain might come and go, but its there most of the time. You might feel too full after a meal or too full to finish a meal. You can get it at any age.

Symptoms include:

Stomach pain

Bloating

Heartburn

Nausea

Vomiting and

Burping

Stomach ulcers or acid reflux can cause dyspepsia. Some medicines can cause it. Sometimes no cause can be found.

Dyspepsia sometimes can be the sign of a serious problem, such as a deep stomach ulcer.

Most often, medicine can take care of this condition. If you have a stomach ulcer, it can be cured. A medicine that cuts down on the amount of acid in your stomach might help your pain.

Your doctor might want you to have an endoscopy if you still have stomach pain after eight weeks of treatment, or if the pain goes away for a while but comes back.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.