Gastric Problem: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Gastric Problems are caused by a number of reasons- these include uncontrolled drinking habits, consumption of spicy food, not chewing the food properly before swallowing it, digestive trouble, bacterial infections and as well as stress and tension.

Symptoms of Gastric problem include bloating of the stomach, bad breath, belching and acidity coupled with gas.

The treatment for gastric trouble varies depending on whether you have been diagnosed with non-ulcer dyspepsia or peptic ulcer. Non-ulcer dyspepsia is also called by the name of functional dyspepsia. The treatment for it includes taking of antidepressants of low doses, medications that help to negate anxiety and drugs to help fight stomach acid. Drugs that help to alleviate stomach acid issues comprise of H2 blockers such as rantidine, nizatidine, cimetidinefamotidine and proton pump inhibitors such as pantoprazolerabeprazoleomeprazolelansoprazole. Peptic ulcer if caused due to a H. pylori infection will include treatments such as therapy (Short-term triple therapy). This involves taking an acid-reducing agent and two antibiotics. According to doctors, stress can heighten the condition of peptic ulcer. If your ulcer problem is left untreated it may result in a hole in the small intestine or in the stomach wall region.

How is the treatment done?

Drugs such as H2 blockers are a category of medications that work by minimizing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. When a H2 receptor blocker is consumed the active ingredients contained within this drug travels to certain specified regions of the stomach cells. These blockers inhibit the acid releasing cells in the stomach from reacting to histamine. H2 blockers prevent peptic ulcers from showing up again. Usually, the H2 blockers are quickly absorbed by the body to provide immediate relief to the ailing conditions of peptic ulcer.

Short-term triple therapy treatment is very effective in treating conditions caused by Helicobacter Pylori infection. In an experiment carried out on 65 patients over a period of one week- short term triple therapy consisting of 250 mg of clarithromycintwice a day, 20 mg of omeprazole once daily and 500 mg of tinidazole twice a day it is seen, that after a month of completing the treatment Helicobacter Pylori infection was successfully eradicated in 62 patients.

In cases where the ulcer has started to bleed carrying out an endoscopy test can help to control the bleeding. For patients who do not show any positive results even after taking mediations or doing endoscopy, surgery might be advised. These procedures include vagotmay (cutting of the vagus nerve) and semi gastrectomy (partial removal of a part of the stomach).

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

All are eligible for the treatment of gastric trouble. But your doctor may prescribe the dose depending on your age and the severity of your condition. H2 blocker receptor drugs are also safe for people who are pregnant.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

It is recommended that people who are severely allergic to H2 blocker receptors should avoid taking them in order to prevent any life-threatening reactions.

Are there any side effects?

The side effects that are commonly seen on taking H2 blockers are usually mild. These are diarrhoeatrouble sleeping, dryness of the mouth, ringing sensation in the ears, constipation and headaches. Certain serious side effects include trouble breathing, wheezingagitation, burning skin and vision issues.

Endoscopy is an otherwise safe procedure but complications may have the chance of including bleeding, infection, feverabdominal painvomiting and tearing of the gastrointestinal tract.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Post-treatment guidelines for gastric trouble include taking your medication as prescribed by your doctor on a regular basis and on time, checking if you are taking any anti-inflammatory or pain killers by mistake as that may aggravate the chances of heartburn. You need to exercise regularly but make sure to avoid exercises that are of a high-impact nature. Do ensure to keep a tab on your diet– avoid alcohol, greasy or fried foods, spicy foods, carbonated drinks, and other citrus fruits or their juices. Keep yourself hydrated at all times by drinking pure water and other oral hydration solutions.

How long does it take to recover?

Depending on the seriousness of your case the recovery period of your treatment can range from something between 1 week to 4 weeks, maximum. If your gastric problem is mainly due to indigestion you can also get better in a day provided you take the required medicine on time.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

A single leaf of medicine as prescribed by the doctor for treating gastric trouble can range from something as low as Rs.50 to as high as Rs. 700. The price of an endoscopy test could cost you Rs. 1500 on an average and a biopsy test could cost around 250-500 additionally.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

There are no treatments that will permanently cure the problem of gastrointestinal disorder. The only way to keep your gastric trouble at bay is by avoiding spicy, greasy and fried foods, avoid dairy foods and those rich in sugar. Eat meals small in portion and chew them well before swallowing. Do not stay on an empty stomach for long hours.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The alternative treatment of gastric trouble includes certain home remedies that are readily available in your kitchen. These are turmeric (have turmeric mixed with milk everyday to get the desired results), potato juice (have potato juice pre-meal thrice a day to cure your problem of stomach gas), ginger (ginger is good for treating gastric problem as well as indigestion), baking soda (it works as an effective antacid and gives instant relief when you have it mixed with water on an empty stomach), apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, cardamom, onion and charcoal (having a charcoal tablet before and after your meals which will greatly help in reducing the issues of acidity and gas).

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