Dyspepsia - Complications

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What are the complications of dyspepsia (indigestion)?

The complications of functional diseases of the gastrointestinal tract are relatively limited. Since symptoms are most often provoked by eating, patients who alter their diets and reduce their intake of calories may lose weight. However, loss of weight is unusual in functional diseases. In fact, loss of weight should suggest the presence of non-functional diseases. Symptoms that awaken patients from sleep also are more likely to be due to non-functional than functional disease.

Most commonly, functional diseases interfere with patients' comfort and daily activities. Individuals who develop nausea or pain after eating may skip breakfast or lunch because of the symptoms they experienc. Patients also commonly associate symptoms with specific foods (for example, milk, fat, vegetables). Whether or not the associations are real, these patients will restrict their diets accordingly. Milk is the most common food that is eliminated, often unnecessarily, and this can lead to inadequate intake of calcium and osteoporosis. The interference with daily activities also can lead to problems with interpersonal relationships, especially with spouses. Most patients with functional disease live with their symptoms and infrequently visit physicians for diagnosis and treatment.

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Comment from: Lynnie, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I experience major chronic nausea. That's the only thing. My doctor said I may have anxiety. I never do vomit though.

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Comment from: wali, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

i have dyspepsia for 8 years ,i have also suffer from halitosis,and depression,what should i do to eleminate it

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