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Dyspepsia

Chronic indigestion

Indigestion, particularly heartburn, is a common condition said to affect one in three of us each month

About Indigestion

Dyspepsia, also known as chronic indigestion, refers to many different symptoms that cause discomfort or pain in the upper abdominal regions, such as the top part of your bowel (duodenum) or food pipe (oesophagus). The most common cause of dyspepsia is an excessive production of stomach acid or an over-sensitivity to this acid.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of Dyspepsia icon plus

    Symptoms may include:

    • Excessive belching
    • Bloating
    • Fullness
    • Stomach pains
    • Nausea, or even vomiting after eating

    There are a number of factors that are thought to make the symptoms worse including increased air swallowing, poor relaxation of the stomach after eating, a high-fat diet, alcohol and fizzy drinks, obesity, stress, certain infections, stomach ulcers, a hiatus hernia and some medications.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    The most common test for dyspepsia is an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. In this test a flexible telescope is passed via your mouth into your stomach and small intestine. It is usually performed using a local anaesthetic throat spray to numb your gag reflex and sometimes with sedation. The test takes around ten minutes once started. Biopsies are taken at the same time. An endoscopy is undertaken as a day case and, if having sedation, involves being in hospital for about two hours. Other tests include an ultrasound or CT scan of your abdomen or the barium swallow test, where you swallow an x-ray contrast to give images of your upper intestine.
  • Potential indigestion treatment options icon plus

    Treatments vary depending on the severity of your symptoms, but include:

    • Simple steps such as altering your diet or losing weight
    • Over-the-counter medications including antacids to reduce your amount of stomach acid
    • If the indigestion is being caused by a bacterial infection stronger antacids or antibiotics may be prescribed by your consultant
    • Anti-reflux surgery

    If lifestyle changes and medications fail to relieve your symptoms your consultant may recommend surgery. This involves creating a more effective valve between your oesophagus and stomach, called fundoplication. It is performed laparoscopically (as keyhole surgery).

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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