Wedges are available from medical supply companies. Don’t just prop your head and shoulders up with pillows, which can actually worsen reflux. Don’t exercise immediately after meals. Give your stomach time to empty; wait a couple of hours after eating before exercising.
It probably is reasonable to treat patients with indigestion with psychotropic drugs if they have moderate or severe depression or anxiety. Indigestion is a chronic disease that usually lasts years, if not a lifetime.
I’m severely frustrated at this point in time, and after my appointment next week I think I’ll be trying to find another doctor and get a second opinion. I found a doctor in the hospital who was doing a clinical trial on people with untreated GERD. I got a free endoscopy as part of the trial, and I was lucky to find that I didnâ€™t have any damage to my esophagus despite years without treatment. I was told to follow up with my primary care doctor and get treatment. She put me on a proton pump inhibitor and I canâ€™t tell you how amazing it was – I took the first pill, and that night for the first time in years I didnâ€™t have heartburn!
Until I get a diagnosis I have resolved to be calm, patient, keep a positive mental attitude and distract myself with pleasant activities whenever I can. I am in the fortunate position of not having to care for anyone else and I do appreciate the fact that my time is my own.
In addition to avoiding certain foods, people with IBS or GERD may find relief by losing weight, quitting smoking, and learning stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing, exercise, or yoga. Different stimuli may trigger IBS symptoms in different people.
- My doctor recommended upper endoscopy and found that my esophagus was completely shut, and it was forced opened, however the problem continued and I had second endoscopy with a biopsy.
- It is important to call your doctor immediately if you have these symptoms.
- I hate the fact that I can’t have coffee, tomatoes, spicy food or a glass of wine every now and then.
- The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavities from each other.
If we can measure an associated or causative abnormality, should the disease no longer be considered functional, even though the disease (symptoms) are being caused by abnormal function? The answer is unclear. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection of the stomach. Some patients with mild upper gastrointestinal symptoms who were thought to have abnormal function of the stomach or intestines have been found to have stomachs infected with H.
I know that I should not be eating late at night and should only have small meals but I’m human and sometimes I crave these foods and want to have them but boy, do I suffer the consequences! Last night for instance I had some bean chili with mixed greens and a touch of yogurt and that was it. The bloating sensation, nausea and headache started almost instantly and lasted throughout the night and have not subsided even in the morning.
However I tried antacids as a short term fix which helped immediately. I finally changed doctors who gave me an upper GI and found out that I had GERD, among other gastrointestinal disorders.
The number of promotility drugs that are available for use clinically is limited. Studies of their effectiveness in indigestion are even more limited. The most studied drug is cisapride (Propulsid), a promotility drug that was withdrawn from the market because of serious cardiac side effects. (Newer drugs that have similar effects but lack the toxicity are being developed.) The few studies with cisapride for indigestion were inconsistent in their results.
Sometimes, people confuse the symptoms of heart attack with symptoms of acid reflux disease. That’s because pain in the chest can feel like heartburn. When in doubt, call your doctor. If medications don’t completely resolve your symptoms of acid reflux disease and the symptoms are severely interfering with your life, your doctor could recommend surgery. There are two types of surgical treatment used to relieve symptoms of GERD if daily use of medication isn’t effective.