Understanding Functional Dyspepsia

Functional dyspepsia (FD) occurs when your upper digestive tract shows for a month or longer symptoms of upset, pain, or early or prolonged fullness.

This condition is described as "functional" because with the upper digestive area there is nothing structurally wrong, but bothersome symptoms persist.

This can be a chronic condition and can affect your quality of life. There are several ways to reduce FD-related discomfort, including lifestyle changes, medications, and therapy.

What is Functional Dyspepsia?

Functional dyspepsia is a term used to describe recurring indigestion signs and symptoms which have no obvious cause. Non-ulcer stomach pain or non-ulcer dyspepsia is also called functional dyspepsia. It is characterized by the feeling of fullness during or after a meal or by a burning sensation in the mid-upper abdomen. It can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include eating too much, drinking too much, food intolerance, or taking pills on an empty stomach. Symptoms may be severe enough to interfere finishing meals or taking part in regular daily activities.

Functional dyspepsia is common and can be long lasting

Symptoms of Functional Dyspepsia

Symptoms may vary from person to person, but you may experience the following:

  • burning or pain in your upper abdomen or lower chest

  • bloating

  • An early feeling of fullness when eating

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • burping

  • sour taste in the mouth

  • weight loss

Natural Remedies for Functional Dyspepsia

One of the most important factors in managing FD can be changing your diet. It can be that what you eat or how it affects your symptoms. There are no specific foods linked to FD, but you may find that some eating behaviors or foods are triggering FD.

Consider some of the following changes to your food intake to ease FD symptoms:

  • Eat smaller meals more often

  • Skip high-fat food because it may slow the emptying of your stomach.

  • Avoid foods or drinks that may trigger symptoms of FD (may be spicy foods, highly acidic foods such as tomatoes or citrus, milk, alcohol or caffeine)

  • Decrease stress in your life

  • Sleeping with your head raised by a couple of inches

  • Losing weight if you're overweight to relieve pressure on your gastrointestinal system

To Sum It Up

In each person, FD occurs differently. Symptoms may vary, and it may take time for a diagnosis to be made while your doctor will rule out other conditions.

Remember to get the necessary support you need to help manage your condition. You may find that changes in your lifestyle, certain medications, and mental health help to relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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