Indigestion Causes: What Is Indigestion?

Indigestion Causes. Is indigestion and heartburn the same thing? Indigestion pain can be relieved. L...

Indigestion Causes. Is indigestion and heartburn the same thing? Indigestion pain can be relieved. Learn it all here.

Learn how to alleviate dyspepsia symptoms and get your digestion back to normal. 
It occurs with a feeling of fullness during, or after a meal.
It’s really not a disease but a symptom.
You may feel uncomfortable with pain or a burning sensation in the upper part of the stomach. 

Another term for this is dyspepsia. It’s also referred to as an upset stomach and may be accompanied by heartburn.

Indigestion causes come from many conditions like GERD, gastritis, ulcers and many other digestive diseases.
Indigestion causes can be Crohn's disease or other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.
The symptoms of indigestion usually improve when the underlying condition improves.

When indigestion causes can not be found, it’s called functional dyspepsia. It may affect the part where the stomach and the small intestine connect. 

Dyspepsia is thought to be related to the abnormality in gut motility (the speed at which the food moves through the digestive tract). The abnormal contraction and relaxation of the digestive tract muscles may cause problems in food absorption. 

Dyspepsia is not to be confused with heartburn. These are two different conditions. Indigestion is usually accompanied by the feeling of fullness and epigastric pain (between the navel and the lower part of the chest bone). Epigastric pain is often referred as indigestipn pain. Indigestipn pain doesn't have a strong burning component. Whereas, heartburn is usually accompanied by burning pain radiating towards the neck area (acids flow into esophagus area). Patients can have both heartburn and indigestion. 

Indigestion Causes - Signs And Symptoms Signs of indigestion can be nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipations, loss of appetite, etc. These signs of ingestion are pretty general to many digestive system diseases.

It may be a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor. First, you most likely will get a physical exam. Then, the doctor may diagnose you by ordering different tests like CAT scan, X-rays or upper endoscopy. Your doctor may check for presence of bacteria like H-pylori that causes peptic ulcer disease. This bacterial growth will need to be treated with antibiotic.

Indigestion Causes - Diseases:
Sometimes, dyspepsia may be a sign of something more serious like chronic inflammatory bowel disease, Crohns disease, IBS, Celiac disease, Ulcerative colitis, ulcers, cancers, etc. That’s why it is so important to pay attention to your symptoms. Symptoms are like your warning signs. If you notice symptoms like frequent vomiting, bloody stools, rapid and unwanted weight loss, loss of appetite, strong epigastric pain or other abnormalities, you should report this to your doctor immediately and most importantly pay closer attention to YOURSELFT.
If your doctor diagnosed you with simple upset stomach you may decide to go with traditional medicine or any alternative treatment. It's even better if you can incorporate both into your therapy.

Upset Stomach Or Dyspepsia Basics - Say "Good Bye''To Epigastric Pain And to Indigestion Causes:

  • You may want to start eating smaller meals, but more often.
  • Stress-relief techniques often help (Yoga, breathing exercises, meditation).
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol, spicy foods, and stop smoking cigarettes. I realize that this is limiting your fun but you are the one trying to help yourself. Well, maybe you can give yourself one day a month to be “bad” for pleasure's sake because being good to yourself includes pleasurable activities.

Indigestion Causes And Treatments: Traditional medications for dyspepsia would be Antacids like Maalox or Mylanta, PPI like Prevacid or Prilosec, H2 blockers like Zantac or Pepcid, and Prokinetcs like Reglan.
Indigestion Causes - Actual Medications?.. Often times, the patient will get a prescription for PPIs like Prilosec(omeprazole), Prevacid(lansoprazole), or Protonix(pantoprazole), etc. because the doctors want to make the patients feel better by giving them what they want. And what they want is a prescription in their hand, thinking it will solve their problems. PPIs are really indicated for GERD, not for other disorders. Most of the patients getting these medications do not have GERD. 

Some of the PPIs are now available over-the-counter like Prilosec OTC. Possible side effects of PPIs like Prevacid, Prilosec, etc. may include back pain, dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, gas, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea, etc. 

But these drugs work. And they work great even for upset stomach. Initially, patients feel relief and are happy. But what happens later when they try to stop the medication? Without going through the mechanism of action of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), when this medication is stopped the stomach starts to hurt. It really hurts, sometimes even more than before. The patient will think that they need to continue with the medicine because they are not better yet. 

The best way to discontinue proton pump inhibitors is to slowly decrease its dose and temporarily add on an H2 blocker for a week or two to suppress the acid. In my opinion, this may be a more successful way to stop Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, etc. But, the natural and holistic approach should be considered to heal the body so the digestive system will function properly. 

Taking over-the-counter antacids like Tums, Mylanta, Maalox, Rolaids, Gaviscon, etc. may work for indigestion, but will not help the root of the problem. Plus, they work for short periods of time.
H2 receptor blockers include Zantac(ranitidine), Tagamet(cimetidine), Pepcid(famotidine), and Axid(nizatadine). They are available both by prescription and over-the-counter. Side effects of H2blockers may include headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, and unusual bleeding or bruising. H-2 blockers work for a longer period of time as compared than Tums, Mylanta, Maalox, etc. but it takes H-2 blockers a longer time to start working. They will work for indigestion because they are acid suppressing agents and will decrease HCL production. But in many patients the cause of their indigestion is that the HCL(hydrochloric acid) is decreased to begin with. 

Prokinetics like metoclopramide (Reglan) may be used for patients who have a problem with gut motility (in this case, stomach emptying is too slow). Metoclopramide also improves muscle movements in the digestive tract. But prokinetics have very serious side effects that limit their use, including fatigue, depression, , involuntary muscle spasms or movements, drowsiness, anxiety, etc. They are not preferred in the elderly patients.

When looking for indigestion cures, we have to start looking at the things that could be causing the problem and alleviate it.

Avoid Indigestion Causes:

Tips To Relieve Indigestion - Alleviate Dyspepsia Symptoms:

  1. Don’t exercise right after a meal.
  2. Chew food slowly. Fast food and inappropriate diet are big indigestion causes.
  3. Pay attention to foods that may cause most dyspepesia for you and try to avoid them. The digestive system is smarter than you think. It may not tolerate foods because you shouldn't be eating them in the first place.
  4. Reduce sugar intake. Increased sugar intake could be one of the biggest indigestion causes.
  5. Reduce or avoid simple carbohydrate intake. If you really need those grains, try to incorporate complex carbs into your diet like multi-grain or sprouted grain breads.
  6. Reduce or avoid white flour altogether if you show signs of gluten allergy(this can be checked with a test).
  7. Drink lots of good quality water (filtered with minerals preferred).
  8. Avoid going to bed right after eating.
  9. Sleep at least 6 to 8 hours a day.

Indigestion Causes:

  • Smoking
  • Hight fat diet
  • Any type of stess
  • Gastritis
  • IBDs like Crohns disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Celiac Disease
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Goalstones
  • Food intolerance like gluten and/or milk intolerance
  • Heart Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Dehydration
  • And there are other indigestion causes

Avoid Indigestion Causes- Natural And Home Remedies For Indigestion:

  • Digestive enzymes in capsules or liquid form help the stomach to break down food proteins for easier digestion.

  • Peppermint tea, chamomile tea aid, licorice root tea aid in the digestive process.

  • Ginger tea infusions help digestion.

  • If you have low gastric acidity, try a teaspoonful of freshly squeezed lemon juice in a glass of filtered water. If it helps you, then you, indeed, have low acidity. This may sound strange to give acid for indigestion(upset stomach) or even heartburn, but it works in many patients.

  • Homeopathic preparations for indigestion causes and indigestion symptoms by Hylan, HEEL, Boiron, etc. Many patients were happy with the results after taking homeopathic product called Gastricumeel.

  • Slippery elm herb is often recommended by herbalists for soothing and comforting dyspepsia.

  • Licorice is used to sooth gastric mucous membranes.

  • Eat more vegetables and consider juicing.
Crohn's disease patients should really look into these recommendations. We have to invest a lot of time in ourselves. But the returns are priceless. Our health is priceless.
I wish you all to stay healthy and symptom-free! No more indigestion causes, no more indigestion!!!!

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