Upset Stomach Treatment in Gaithersburg, MD
Saying that you have an Upset Stomach is a common way to describe indigestion, but the term healthcare providers use to describe indigestion is known as Dyspepsia. Dyspepsia is a functional disease that affects about 20% of Americans and can occur in any of the organs, muscles, or nerves comprising the upper gastrointestinal tract (stomach and small intestine).
Dyspepsia is a chronic condition that can be controlled with the help of a healthcare provider. If you are suffering from a chronically upset stomach, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
Upset Stomach Symptoms
The symptoms of an upset stomach generally happen right after eating, as that is when the digestive system is doing most of its work. Some of these conditions include:
- Pain above the navel
- Feeling full after eating only a little bit of food
These symptoms can flare up every time you eat, or show up periodically. The condition can last for months or even years. Because of this, many people choose not to seek treatment, and just accept it as a part of their life. However, ignoring dyspepsia could lead to additional problems; one of them is malnutrition. Because the symptoms show up after eating, some people may choose to skip meals or avoid the foods they suspect are causing the problem.
What Causes an Upset Stomach?
To put it simply, indigestion happens because there is some dysfunction in the normal operation of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine. This is generally caused by the nerves, whether they're in the organs themselves or the spinal column. These nerves serve the function of sending information to and from the brain and controlling the functions of the digestive organs including contraction, relaxation, or the secretion of fluids.
A number of things can disrupt nerve impulses, but the most common include:
- Stress or anxiety
- Menstrual cycle
- Bacteria overgrowth from small intestine
Diagnosing an Upset Stomach
The first step your healthcare provider will take in determining if you are suffering from dyspepsia is to discuss your symptom. The next step is to rule out any other non-functional diseases that could be leading to your discomfort. Tests for ruling out other conditions include:
- Blood and stool samples
- Breath hydrogen test for bacterial overgrowth
- Endoscopic examination
- Biopsy of the stomach or intestine
- MRI, CT scan, ultrasound
- Food sensitivity panel
Upset Stomach Treatment
If it is determined that dyspepsia is the cause of your upset stomach, your healthcare provider will suggest a number of methods to help ease your pain.
- Education on what dyspepsia is, and ways to prevent its onset
- Diet plans that cut down on fat and sugar
- Stress management techniques
To end the discomfort caused by your chronic upset stomach, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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