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Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a common medical condition that refers to discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen. It is not a disease itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying issue with the digestive system.
The term “dyspepsia” comes from the Greek words “dys,” meaning difficult or impaired, and “peptikos,” meaning digestion. This accurately describes the condition, as people with indigestion often experience difficulty digesting food.
The symptoms of indigestion can vary from person to person, but some common ones include:
Indigestion can have a variety of causes, and it is often a result of lifestyle choices or underlying medical conditions. One of the most common causes is overeating or consuming certain trigger foods such as spicy or fatty foods.
Other potential causes include:
The presence of these symptoms can help in determining the cause and severity of abdominal pain, and may also be used to diagnose an underlying condition.
Most cases of indigestion can be managed at home with over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes. However, it is essential to seek medical attention if you experience severe or persistent symptoms, such as:
These could be signs of a more serious underlying condition that requires medical treatment.
It is also crucial to seek immediate medical attention if you experience chest pain, as it could be a sign of a heart attack.
Consulting a Gastroenterologist for your symptoms helps in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, giving you peace of mind. It also aids in detecting and ruling out more serious diseases like ulcers and cancer.
At Richmond Gastro, our team ensures a smooth and comfortable consultation and diagnosis process, making endoscopy less daunting than you may think.
Seeing a Gastroenterologist for your symptoms helps in getting an accurate diagnosis. When you know what is causing your symptoms, it gives you a peace of mind.
Seeing a Gastro Specialist also helps in detecting and ruling out any signs of more serious diseases like ulcers and cancer.
Consulting the right Gastro Specialist and getting an endoscopy done is not as scary as you may think. At Richmond Gastro, you can rest assured that our team will make the process of consultation and diagnosis as smooth and comfortable as possible.
The treatment for indigestion depends on the underlying cause. In most cases, it can be managed with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications such as antacids or proton pump inhibitors.
Some tips to manage indigestion include:
In some cases, a gastroenterologist may prescribe antibiotics for bacterial infections or proton pump inhibitors for GERD.
It is essential to follow the doctor’s instructions and monitor your symptoms closely to determine if the treatment plan is effective. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to treat underlying conditions such as ulcers or gallstones.
Indigestion can be uncomfortable and disruptive to daily life, but there are some steps you can take to relieve symptoms:
In addition to these tips, it is crucial to address any underlying causes of indigestion to prevent future episodes.
MBChB (NZ), FRACP (Australasia), MD (Doctorate), FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS (Gastro)
Dr. John Hsiang is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in public and private practice.
Dr John Hsiang’s special clinical interests are gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach conditions, fatty liver, and gastrointestinal cancer screening
Dr John Hsiang spent more than five years in the Singhealth cluster serving in the Gastroenterology Department at Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital.
Indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease, helicobacter pylori infection, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, hepatitis B, fatty liver disease, management of abnormal liver tests.
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