Dyspepsia

Monday, October 03, 2016

Dyspepsia, more commonly known as indigestion, is a term which describes pain and sometimes other symptoms which come from the stomach or esophagus. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dyspepsia, also called indigestion, is a pain or an uncomfortable feeling in the upper middle part of your stomach. The pain might come and go, but its usually there most of the time.

Often, dyspepsia is caused by a stomach ulcer or acid reflux disease. Some medicines, like anti-inflammatory medicines, can cause dyspepsia.

Symptoms of dyspepsia can include a gnawing or burning stomach pain, bloating, heartburn, nausea and vomiting.

Sometimes dyspepsia can signal a serious problemfor example, a deep stomach ulcer. In rare cases, dyspepsia is caused by stomach cancer.

If you have dyspepsia, talk to your family doctor. This is especially important if youre over 50 years of age, you recently lost weight without trying, have trouble swallowing or severe vomiting.

Most often, medicine can take care of this condition. If you have a stomach ulcer, you may need to take an acid-blocking medicine. If you have an infection in your stomach, you may also need to take an antibiotic.

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