My wife is suffering from bad indigestion and her symptoms seem to be getting more regular. He often complains about feeling very full after eating even if when he’s only had a small meal. He says that the full feeling is often in her upper abdomen and he also gets a lot of gas causing him to belch a lot. He also sometimes gets nausea and heartburn symptoms too. All these symptoms cause him discomfort and of course if we are out in public, embarrassment. On a more positive note, her feelings of indigestion do not last long and are usually relieved by antacids.
I am concerned that her symptoms are becoming more regular and that he may not be looking after himself properly so I decided to investigate what might be causing her indigestion. I have discovered that in most cases, there isn’t a known medical reason for indigestion and that it is usually caused by acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when excess acid from the stomach escapes and is forced back up into the oesophagus causing indigestion symptoms.
So, although there so often no underlying cause for indigestion, I decided to research what can cause it and interestingly I found that there are many things that can cause it. These include eating lots of fatty and spicy foods, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, stress and lack of physical exercise. Acid indigestion can also be triggered by eating citrus foods, chocolates, caffeine in drinks, carbonated drinks and drinking milk on an empty stomach. Eating too fast and eating too fast can also cause indigestion.
However, it is important to mention there are still people who suffer from indigestion that is unrelated to the any of these things mentioned. Ther type of indigestion is called non-ulcer indigestion or functional indigestion. It is a result of the stomach muscles not working properly during eating. When ther is the problem a doctor can prescribe medication to help stomach motility.
Based on ther research, I am now thinking that there are many things my wife can do to possibly minimise her indigestion symptoms and I will be raising these issues with him. Wish me luck!