what causes indigestion

“You should have known better.”

The hubby nearly scolded me for what I had been through Friday night. Right after dinner (dinner composed of small portion of rice, more veggies and more fruits, as I normally would in my daily diet), I started to experience upset stomach. I blamed the broccoli which might have caused the pungent “gas“. I thought it would pass up as usual.

Then, I heard my stomach rumble that palpation caused me to belt out a cry. Dyspepsia? Maybe, I got so engrossed over dinner that I munched on the food with much gusto. I even feast on the ripe mangoes that were so sweet, the husband begged me to stop :)

What transpired next was excruciatingly painful. Upper abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, sweating and finally, vomiting like I had expelled everything out from my digestive system. Worse, I had to literally stay in the loo the whole night. When morning came…

…sleepless, eyes swollen, frail and wan, …dehydrated.

I always hate this sick feeling. I tend to be hypochondriac. Must be the reason why I had to stay longer in bed than what it shouldn’t be. Panic is a lot different from hypochondria. Panicking is something I have learned to suppress when I started having kids. I have learned to stay focus. To think instead of be scared. But, at every onset of illnesses, I tend to start worrying. I tend to picture out on a larger context. Yay!

Studying the symptoms and locating where the pain persist, I took Buscopan tablets that the husband gave me. I was never the one who easily grab medicine at the onset of pain/illness. Some pain can be self-limited and requires no medical intervention. But, serious and often occurring symptoms may require professional diagnosis.

In my case, I took the pain as merely a bad case of indigestion, ruling alongside GERD, acute gastritis, peptic ulcer, or whatever conditions effected by the pain. Hence, the Buscopan is the simplest choice as pain management. The hubby initially wanted me to take Immodium, a drug effective for some diarrhea cases. In as much I am experiencing LBM that time, I shun the idea that it was diarrhea. Besides, Immodium acts to suspend fecal matter in the large intestine, it’s not as good as I am highly constipated at times.

Good thing, after a sleepless night, all symptoms subsided. No need to go to the hospital. But the weakness is unbearable. Need a good diet for fluid retention. Tea, soups, crackers, “lugaw”, were the safest diet to choose. You don’t wanna aggravate things that would send the stomach boiling again.

Today, Sunday, I run towards the feeling of “feeling better” :) Had eaten rice with mashed potato and sips up a cup of “sabaw ng nilagang baboy”. Then, as my body slowly regain its lost energies, so is my mind. I reviewed what had transpired the past few days. My diet, especially. What have I eaten that would have caused my upset stomach? Must I suspect the veggies, the fruits…?

Then, it popped out to me that last Friday, at about 2 in the afternoon, I had taken out an Ibuprofen pill to eased off my headache. Must’ve been the reason that leads me to dyspepsia?

I would normally take Ibuprofen when headache/migraine is too hard to contain. Ibuprofen is a lower dose of NSAIDs, hence, my personal choice to cure stubborn headache. Reaction might be slow, but, I do get better. And, I would always remember not to take a pill on an empty stomach. As an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), it has the tendency to caused gastric ulceration. (Source: Wikipedia)

Ouch!

“I should have known better.

The truth hide in your stubbornness.”

Hubby’s voice reverberated in my psyche :)

Are You Suffering from Hypochondria?

MayoClinic.com defines hypochondria as when a person is excessively worried that he/she may be suffering from a serious illness.

The site listed here several symptoms associated with hypochondriacs:

  • Having a long-term intense fear or anxiety about having a serious disease or health condition
  • Worrying that minor symptoms or bodily sensations mean you have a serious illness
  • Seeing doctors repeated times or having involved medical exams such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), echocardiograms or exploratory surgery
  • Frequently switching doctors — if one doctor tells you that you aren’t sick, you may not believe it and seek out other opinions
  • Continuously talking about your symptoms or suspected diseases with family and friends
  • Obsessively doing health research
  • Frequently checking your body for problems, such as lumps or sores
  • Frequently checking your vital signs, such as pulse or blood pressure
  • Thinking you have a disease after reading or hearing about it

My! I am raising a hypochondriac.

DECEMBER 2010.

Holiday break from school, teenage daughter swears she was feeling a lump in her left neck. After thoroughly and physically checking for movable lump, I found nothing unusual. I found none. All I feel were sort of hard tissues under her skin below her ear. Nothing unsuspecting. I assure her, it was nothing. Maybe, just muscle cramps due to (1) poor sleeping posture, (2) too much hours spent on computers, she hardly had any exercise.

Case closed.

JULY 2011.

I received a phone call on a midweek. Daughter’s voice sounded scared and on the verge of tears. She told me she went to a clinic near her University and the doctor advised she needed either (1) BIOPSY, or (2) CT SCAN. Shocked and fear enveloped me. Told her to pack her things and bound the first bus going home.

The next afternoon, I met her at the station. Again, I try “FEELING” the lump she was saying. I found nothing unusual. No rolling lump. Just a “hardened muscle”. I say it again.

A little disgusted, she nearly blurted out on me, “You wouldn’t know, you’re not a doctor. It’s best that I seek professional advise now, than regret later.”

So, off we went to a doctor recommended by my sister-in-law. A doctor specializing in cancer patients. Holy cow! I got more scared. Never felt scared in my life. Had witnessed two deaths in my family. My mom and dad blew their last breath while holding them in my hands. I was in deep agony. Agony is never the same as FEAR. And, so, I distinguished the difference NOW.

But, being a mom, I need to show not a single FEAR. I need to show, everything is OKAY. I need to show, “IT ISN’T A LUMP. JUST A MUSCLE STRAIN”. Deep inside, I felt like dying…then and there…

“IT ISN’T A LUMP. JUST A MUSCLE STRAIN”.

Felt relieved. THAT WAS EXACTLY WHAT THE DOCTOR TOLD US. The petite but friendly doctor “extensively briefed” us on what to look out as “suspicious lumps”. He gave medicine for a week to lessen the muscle strain. He also cite factors what might have caused the “lump”.

Daughter was not that “relieved”. She has another concern. What if the “lump” can not be “physically” felt? Should there be other ways to see what was inside? Since the doctor rule out the BIOPSY procedure (there is nothing to be biopsied about, he said), and a need for CT Scan is too much a price for the case, he instead, made an ultra-sound request for daughter’s neck and throat.

From there, the doctor said, if anything doubtful manifested in the test, he’ll have to advise further test. From there, too, the daughter seemed to stopped her infinite queries/worries.

“STOP BEING HYPOCHONDRIAC”, the doctor advised.

THE ULTRA-SOUND.

We didn’t understand much of the findings. But, the doctor’s final diagnosis: ALL CLEAR. NO LUMP.

THE CONCLUSION.

It’s been a month since the doctor’s visit. The daughter gets back to her “normal” mood. I guess, the feeling of being sick or the feeling that she has a serious disease caught her off-guard. Hence, HYPOCHONDRIA ATTACKED her.

THE BOTTOMLINE.

It does not hurt to be examined or tested. If it would help alleviate our fears or anxiety.

Case closed. I can :)

rainy day tips for a worry-freak mom like me

Please, make the rains stopped today. Where are thou miss sunshine? Missing the bright rays. It’s 9 in the morning, the little miss is still not up from bed yet. She’s a little feverish last night. Had to wake her up in the middle of the night to give her a dose of Tempra. I got worried when kids becomes sick, especially this rainy season. Worried of Dengue, worried of chicken pox, too. She had the vaccine, but you know how mothers are…always worried…hate to see my kids got sick…i would fall into hypochondria…   Today, the morning precipitation kept on a very minimum level, I am not so sure this late afternoon, as heavy torrents might pour down its mighty. Thus, as a worry-freak mom, let me share few tips on how I try to shield my kids from outside factors  before going to school.

  •  kids’ breakfast consists of fried eggs, mashed potatoes, the usual hotdogs and ripe yellow bananas for dessert. Nothing beats a good health through a full breakfast.
  • milk for the little miss and choco drink for the lad.
  • Vitamin C for both of them, plus multivitamins. ( i prefer Clusivol)
  • made ham and egg sandwiches for them, and “bistek tagalog” as packed lunch for the lad. plus, i inserted a banana on the paper bag. and, half liter of drinking water.
  • candies for the lad, too. it eases boredom toiling at his Biology class and candies/sweeteners are alternative solution to that “sudden hungriness”. Trust me.
  • bought the kids mosquito repellant lotion for them to bring at school. aside from small bottle of hand sanitizer and small pack of wet wipes.
  • Lastly, I asked the lad to please go wear his green nylon hooded jacket (though a little heavy and bulky). Nylons woulds repel the drizzle when he goes from one classroom to another and it would surely protect him from rain shower (he wouldn’t want to bring an umbrella…teens!) while waiting for a tricycle ride going home.

Also, I repeatedly tells them (word dialog every morning, ^_^) to be cautious of their surrounding. Bacteria/mosquitoes roam everywhere. I tell them to stay away from classmates/peers whom they suspect of having colds or coughs. Bacteria can be spread through droplets (saliva).   I know, I am a freakin-hypochondriac. But, I am a mom who wanted to safeguard my kids health. Prevention is still the best cure.