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Dyspepsia (dispepsia) (from the Greek (Dys-), meaning hard or difficult, and (Pepsi), meaning digestion) refers to disorders of the stomach involving symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, pain, or general discomfort.
Symptoms of dyspepsia, heartburn and indigestion can include mild discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen, a burning sensation in and around the breastbone, and up into the throat, and feeling full and bloated after meals. Sometimes indigestion and heartburn sufferers can feel nauseous and there may be vomiting or retching, caused by the dyspepsia.
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For indigestion, dispepsia and heartburn sufferers there is hope. Many dyspepsia symptoms can be self-treated by managing you diet and reducing the intake of substances that are know to contribute to dyspepsia. See the dyspepsia treatment page.
Remember, for treatment for dyspesia, heartburn or indigestion your first port of call should be a health-care professional. So, make sure to discuss your dyspepsia symptoms with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure you are getting the best advice.
Dyspepsia (dispepsia) (from the Greek (Dys-), meaning hard or difficult, and (Pepsi), meaning digestion) refers to disorders of the stomach involving symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, pain, vomiting or general discomfort.
Many cases of dyspepsia are caused by stomach ulcers which may be diagnosed with a barium meal test or a gastroscopy. In some situations, for example, stomach ulcers, high levels of gastric acid may irritate the stomach lining and cause dyspeptic symptoms. Dyspepsia may also occur as a side effect from drugs treating other diseases.
Many cases of dyspepsia are caused by stomach ulcers which are diagnosed with a barium meal test or gastroscopy. Most cases of ulcer dyspepsia are caused by Helicobacter pylori infection. However, some studies also suggest non-ulcer dyspepsia may be resolved from eradicating this infection. In some situations (such as in ulcers), high levels of gastric acid may irritate the stomach lining and cause dyspeptic symptoms.