Nonulcer stomach pain
Nonulcer stomach pain
Nonulcer stomach pain is a term used to describe signs and symptoms of indigestion that have no obvious cause. Nonulcer stomach pain is also called functional dyspepsia (dis-PEP-see-uh) or nonulcer dyspepsia.
Nonulcer stomach pain is common and can be long lasting. Nonulcer stomach pain can cause signs and symptoms that resemble those of an ulcer, such as pain or discomfort in your upper abdomen, often accompanied by bloating, belching and nausea.
Signs and symptoms of nonulcer stomach pain may include:
When to see a doctor
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:
Many times, it's not clear what causes nonulcer stomach pain. Doctors consider it a functional disorder, which means it's not necessarily caused by a specific disease.
Factors that can increase the risk of nonulcer stomach pain include:
Preparing for your appointment
Make an appointment with your family doctor or a general practitioner if you have signs or symptoms that worry you. If nonulcer stomach pain is suspected, your doctor may refer you to a specialist in digestive diseases (gastroenterologist).
How to prepare
Questions to ask
In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment at any time that you don't understand something.
Tests and diagnosis
Your doctor will likely review your signs and symptoms and perform a physical examination. A number of diagnostic tests may help your doctor determine the cause of your discomfort. These may include:
Treatments and drugs
Nonulcer stomach pain that is long lasting and isn't controlled by lifestyle changes may require treatment. What treatment you receive depends on your signs and symptoms. Treatment may combine medications with behavior therapy.
Lifestyle and home remedies
Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to help you control your nonulcer stomach pain.
Make changes to your diet
Reduce stress in your daily life
Exercise most days of the week
People with nonulcer stomach pain often turn to complementary and alternative medicine to help them cope. No complementary or alternative treatments are proven to cure nonulcer stomach pain. But when used along with your doctor's care, complementary and alternative treatments may provide relief from your signs and symptoms.
If you're interested in complementary and alternative treatments, talk to your doctor about:
Last Updated: 2009-11-17
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