Harvard Men's Health Watch

Upset stomach? Don't write it off

Dyspepsia is a frequent or persistent upset stomach, with pain in the upper stomach, filling up quickly with meals, or bloating after meals. Various things can contribute to dyspepsia, such as over-the-counter pain medications or infection with a stomach bacterium. In a quarter of cases, no underlying cause is identified. Men with dyspepsia and red flags like weight loss, fatigue, blood in the stool, vomiting, loss of appetite, or pain or difficulty swallowing should see a doctor. Otherwise, it may help to identify and avoid foods that seem to trigger dyspepsia, such as fatty foods, and eating smaller but more frequent meals.
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