It is important to educate patients with indigestion about their illness, particularly by reassuring them that the illness is not a serious threat to their physical health (though it may be to their emotional health). Patients need to understand the potential causes for the symptoms. Most importantly, they need to understand the medical approach to the problem and the reasons for each test or treatment. Education prepares patients for a potentially prolonged course of diagnosis and trials of treatment.
This helps food and acid pass through the stomach instead of backing up into the esophagus. Heartburn and GERD may make you feel like it’s difficult to swallow or you may feel a tightness in the throat, as if food is stuck in your throat or esophagus.
Gravity helps to keep the stomach juices from backing up into the esophagus and assists the flow of food and digestive juices from the stomach to the intestines. Eat smaller, more frequent meals and avoid late-night snacks.
Itâ€™s a good idea to have treatment for Helicobacter pylori infection even if the doctor canâ€™t be sure if the infection is causing your symptoms as getting rid of the infection will reduce your chance of ever having an ulcer (or an even more serious disease) in your stomach. It is important to appreciate that clearing the infection does not always mean that you will stop having indigestion. Patients who have Helicobacter pylori and non-ulcer dyspepsia are not going to see their symptoms improve.
If you like green vegetables and have acid reflux, youâ€™re in luck. Asparagus, spinach, kale and brussels sprouts all are highly alkaline, meaning theyâ€™re good for your stomach and digestive system.
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Fiber not only promotes intestinal health, but it also reduces constipation and makes you feel full a long while after eating it. And, of course, when you feel full, you are less likely to overeat and therefore less likely to regurgitate whatâ€™s in your stomach into your esophagus. Enjoy your oatmeal with low-fat or almond milk, as both are low in fat and highly alkaline.
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Most patients with functional disease live with their symptoms and infrequently visit physicians for diagnosis and treatment. Heartburn symptoms include a burning pain in the center of the chest, behind the breastbone (see Media file 1). It often starts in the upper abdomen and spreads up into the neck. It usually starts about 30-60 minutes after eating and can last as long as 2 hours. Lying down or bending over can bring on heartburn or make it worse.