Non-Ulcer Stomach Pain

What is Non-Ulcer Stomach Pain?

Non-ulcer stomach pain, usually called non-ulcer or functional dyspepsia by medical professionals, is a common affliction that can last for a significantly long amount of time. The term is typically used to describe symptoms indicative of indigestion that do not have a definitive cause.

Because it is often not known what creates the discomfort, it is considered a functional disorder, meaning a specific disease is not responsible for the condition. Despite this, patients who smoke, drink a lot of alcohol or caffeinated beverages, or take medications that are known for creating stomach problems appear to be at a higher risk of developing non-ulcer stomach pain.

What are the Symptoms of Non-Ulcer Stomach Pain?

Many symptoms of non-ulcer stomach pain are similar to those caused by ulcers, including:

  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Burning sensation
  • Feeling full quickly

A doctor should immediately evaluate the condition if a patient notices dark stools, bloody vomit, shortness of breath, and pain in the neck, jaw, or arm.

How is Non-Ulcer Stomach Pain Treated?

In many cases, making simple lifestyle changes is enough to control the discomfort of non-ulcer stomach pain. Doctors may recommend various dietary adjustments such as avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, eating smaller more frequent meals, and allowing plenty of time to eat more slowly. Additionally, reducing stress can go a long way in managing the condition. Stress reduction techniques, taking time for favorite hobbies, yoga, and meditation have all proven beneficial for patients with non-ulcer stomach pain.

When lifestyle changes are not effective, other forms of treatment may be required. Nonprescription gas relievers, antibiotics, low-dose antidepressants, and drugs that reduce acid production or block acid pumps are all potential solutions. Behavioral therapy with a therapist or counselor can help if medications are not sufficient. Some patients benefit from adding herbal supplements like caraway oil, peppermint, and artichoke leaf to their daily regimen.


Last Reviewed:
October 07, 2016
Last Updated:
August 10, 2017
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