Treatments for Constant Indigestion

If you are suffering from constant indigestion, it can really lower your quality of life.  For many of us, our meals are one of our main sources of joy in life.  There is nothing quite like sitting down and having a good meal with friends. 

Constant indigestion, however, will really put a crimp in such plans.

What is “constant indigestion”?

Constant indigestion, or chronic dyspepsia as physicians term it, is a symptom rather than a condition in itself.  If you always feel gassy and cramped after every meal, and if you have stomach pain or bloating, or you often suffer from heartburn, this condition is usually a sign that something is wrong in your digestive system.  Let’s not get confused; however, indigestion is not a disease but a symptom.  Curing it depends on treating the underlying problem.  Often this underlying problem is difficult to diagnose, however, even after a battery of tests.

The two most common causes of constant indigestion, however, are diet and stress.

Diet

If you are having indigestion after every meal, you will first want to consider diet.  A good idea is to start recording everything that you eat.  Have you been eating especially spicy kinds of food?  Is there one food item that you have at every meal?  Do you drink a lot of coffee or tea? 

All of these may be possible causes for your indigestion.  You need not necessarily have added something new to your diet either.  You may have noticed your indigestion slowly becoming more frequent and more intense over time.  A new item is most likely the cause if you never suffered from indigestion but are suddenly having intense bouts with it.

Some physicians also believe that foods loaded with fat linger longer in the stomach than other foods, thus causing the problems associated with chronic dyspepsia.

If you can isolate certain food items or beverages that seem to create a high incidence of indigestion for you, then you will want to experiment.  Eliminate that item from your diet for a couple of weeks and see if your indigestion eases with this change.  Often, however, constant indigestion arises from multiple causes making the identification of a particular cause difficult.

In this case, you might try a bland form of diet for a couple of weeks to see if your indigestion eases up.  Eat only rice and potatoes for a while.  Does this help you to digest better?

Stress

If changing to a bland diet has little effect on your overall health and you still feel indigestion symptoms, consider the possibility of stress.  If you have also been having trouble sleeping, are more irritable than usual, or have some sort of difficulty with work or your personal life, this too may lead to a feeling of recurring indigestion.

There is some disagreement in the medical community about whether stress actually causes dyspepsia, but most physicians now believe it may be at least a contributing factor.

If this is the case, you will need to work on stress relieving practices like getting more exercise or meditation.  Look to relieve as much stress from your daily life as you can.

Other Causes

A feeling of constant indigestion, however, can also be a sign of a more serious condition, especially if other symptoms such as pain and bloating or weight loss are present.  Other possible diseases that may be at the heart of chronic indigestion are gallstones, stomach cancer, and ulcers.

For this reason, you should always seek the opinion of your physician whenever you have unexplained medical symptoms, so that he or she may rule out conditions that are more serious.


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