Dyspepsia: Types, Causes & Symptoms

Dyspepsia in Greek means indigestion or difficulty in digesting the food. It is a common ailment.  Dyspepsia is often defined as chronic or recurrent discomfort in the upper abdomen. This can be due to various reasons or factors. The symptoms arise from pain in the gut.

Types of Dyspepsia

There are three types of dyspepsia

1) Ulcer- in which the primary symptom is pain.

2) Motility-in which the primary symptoms may be bloating and gas.

3) Reflux-in which the primary symptom is similar to that of Heartburn

Dyspepsia occurs in both man and women.  It is more common in women in age group of 16-60. During pregnancy the women has more chances of experiencing dyspepsia.

Causes of Dyspepsia

  • Overeating
  • Eating food in wrong combination
  • Eating uncooked food
  • Eating food too quickly
  • Improper salivation of food
  • Excessive smoking or excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Intake of fried or spicy food
  • Drinking water while eating food
  • Constipation
  • Lack of exercise
  • Insomnia
  • Jealousy, fear and anger are emotional triggers for dyspepsia

Symptoms of Dyspepsia

  • Heartburn
  • constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling of fullness after eating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Flatulence or gas
  • Foul breath
  • Coated tongue