Non Ulcer Dyspepsia
Non Ulcer Dyspepsia - What is it?
Dyspepsia is a typical symptom suggesting the presence of underlying and more severe conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcers, and even stomach cancer. However, there are many documented instances when doctors, after a thorough and comprehensive examination, do not detect any form of abnormality that could cause dyspepsia. The usual suspects of inflamed esophageal tract, inflamed gastrointestinal walls, ulcers and lesions are not present. This is what doctors refer to as non-ulcer dyspepsia or functional dyspepsia.
Non-ulcer dyspepsia only becomes a diagnosis when all other potential causes are ruled out. It simple means there is no obvious cause that can lead to an upset stomach; however, it does not mean that there is nothing that can be done to help treat or manage it. There are multiple management options, both from a medication and alternative medicine standpoint, and the patient has the liberty to choose his preferred method after discussing with the attending physician.
To date, there are only theories regarding the causes of non-ulcer dyspepsia and none of these are definitively proven to be the sole cause of the illness. From a sample of 10 dyspepsia patients, 6 of which have non-ulcer dyspepsia, it is likely that the real cause could be a combination of the following theories and medical guesses and no single thing is to blame for the onset of the disease.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common co-symptom of non-ulcer dyspepsia which can mean an alteration of the sensations in the stomach and digestive tracks which triggers the onset of dyspepsia.
Bacterial infection such as H. pylori, which is a common resident in stomach and its presence does not automatically mean a person has non-ulcer dyspepsia.
Anxiety, stress, depression and other psychological problems can induce or worsen dyspepsia cases.
Drug or alcohol side effects.
Too slow digestive processes which triggers a reaction resulting to an upset stomach.
Common pharmaceutical treatment methods for non-ulcer dyspepsia include acid-suppression drugs which reduce the acidity level in the stomach to more tolerable levels, prokinetic drugs like metoclopramide which aids in the digestion and transfer of food from the stomach to the small intestines. There are also many herbal home remedies that many people have found to be of great help.
Still, any form of medication will have to be balanced with alternative options for treatment. The most common is a diet change to get rid of fatty foods, excessive alcohol, and changing your eating habits to smaller more frequent meals to not burden the stomach with too much food at any given time. Doctors also normally advise their patients to pay careful attention to foods that worsen or trigger the onset of non-ulcer dyspepsia and to avoid these foods later on.
Always consult your doctor for the best methods available in the treatment of functional dyspepsia and seek for a second opinion on diagnosis as well as treatment options. Drug therapy with alternative medical options often work hand-in-hand in reducing the severity of frequency of occurrence of dyspepsia cases and employing more than one method for treatment can help improve one’s condition faster than solely relying on one medication to relieve the discomfort. You will find that with extreme vigilance, proper care, and an open mind towards unconventional treatment methods, non-ulcer dyspepsia can be an easily managed condition so that it would deter you from living your life without fear of illnesses.