Nausea, upset stomach, and heartburn are common stomach problems that are frequently remedied by changes in your diet and lifestyle, or retail products. In some cases, specialist care might be necessary to identify and fix the problem.
Make Significant Changes
You should start by modifying your diet to eliminate foods and beverages that are common culprits. Try switching to a simple diet for a while that contains foods with less fat and are easier to digest. Some problematic foods can include alcohol, acid beverages, dairy, fatty foods, and tougher meats. You may want to focus on eating simple soups with lean protein, vegetables, and a carbohydrate. Eggs, toast, crackers, rice, and flavored gelatin are other foods frequently eaten when people experience stomach issues. Do not eat close to bed so your food has plenty of time to digest before going to bed. Major changes in your diet might give you a clue of the underlying reason for problems.
Try Retail Medications
There are retail medications for almost any stomach problem. If you are experiencing issues with acid reflux or heartburn, you might want to try acid reducers. When acid reducers are not effective, you might want to try products that are designed to be taken for two weeks. These medications were originally available by prescription and are not designed for regular use. Once you finish your two-week course, your symptoms should improve. If these symptoms return, you should not try another two-week course unless it is okay with your doctor. Be aware that taking acid reducers and similar medications may cause new issues, such an increase in diarrhea or other intestinal problems. If this occurs, taking probiotics or yogurt might help.
Speak With Your Doctor
Your family doctor will likely want to refer you to a specialist if you cannot fix the problem with significant changes in your diet and retail medications. A gastroenterologist can evaluate the problem and recommend tests. The gastroenterologist will want to know if there are any medications you are currently taking that might be causing stomach problems. Long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or some prescription medications can lead to upset stomach, ulcers, and stomach irritation. A specialist might recommend an exploratory test which uses a small camera to look at your upper gastrointestinal system. This can help them discover evidence of ulcers or valves that might not be working properly.
Fortunately, most ongoing stomach problems can be fixed with changes in your diet that allow your stomach a chance to heal and retail medication. If you cannot fix the problem yourself, speaking with a gastroenterologist can help you identify the source of the problem.
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