Painful IndigestionThe 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 IndigestionDigestion 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.