What Types of Indigestion are There?

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There are many root causes of indigestion including diet, stress and other lifestyle factors.  Inevitably, these causes produce many types of indigestion.

Painful Indigestion

The causes of this distressing condition are so various that its full consideration belongs to the physician. The stomach may become sensitive to outside pressure of the hand because of neuralgia in its walls or more often because of accumulations of gas in its cavity from indigestion. The seasick or panic-stricken person, or any one whose nerves are very much worn out, may have a spot of sensitiveness at the pit of the stomach, remaining so for a week or more, and rendering even the pressure of the clothes a torture.

Acid Indigestion

Digestion in the stomach is accomplished by the gastric juice, which contains pepsin and muriatic acid. Sometimes there is too large a quantity of muriatic acid secreted, and acid dyspepsia results. Sometimes the excess of add is due to fermentations in the food, which lies a long time undigested in the stomach.

The patient is much distressed by the unpleasant condition of his stomach; and the sufferings are accentuated by the coming up of an acid taste into the throat, or the frequent vomiting of a very sour liquid, mixed with the meal last taken. It is in these states that sufferers so often find temporary relief from soda, soda mint, magnesia and other alkalies which neutralize the acid present.

In cases where the sour taste or acid vomiting is due to unnatural fermentation of the food mild antiseptics are beneficial. In all these cases, however, medical supervision of the remedies is desirable; since all of the agents just referred to are apt to injure the stomach if taken for a long time. There is no class of cases which taxes the resources of the practitioner, and disturbs the peace of mind of the patient, more than these acid dyspepsias.

Windy Indigestion

The decomposition of food in the stomach which takes place in many cases of dyspepsia is often accompanied by the formation of gases. These gases first inflate the stomach itself, and then escape by its orifices. If at the same time a similar process is going on in the bowels, the condition of a feeble patient may become extremely dangerous. The heart is pressed upon by the upward rising of the stomach; and in weak people (as in persons suffering from debilitating fevers, in those with heart disease and in the aged) great pain in the heart region, shortness of breath, blueness of the face and other alarming symptoms may result.


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