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Life Expectancy Of Someone With Functional Dyspepsia & Is It A Disability?

Functional dyspepsia implies a non-ulcer type of dyspepsia and/or indigestion problem. The terminology mainly describes a group of symptoms, which affect the patient’s gastrointestinal tract. These include stomach pain and inflammation, discomfort in the abdomen, bloating, nausea and belching. Also, a few people suffer from functional dyspepsia because of a germ called Helicobacter pylori. Although functional dyspepsia is a common type of dyspepsia, it does not cause any severe consequence. In some of the cases, symptoms of functional dyspepsia may be of long-lasting ones. However, you may manage them via a combination of medications and lifestyle changes.(1)

Life Expectancy Of Someone With Functional Dyspepsia

Life Expectancy Of Someone With Functional Dyspepsia

Functional dyspepsia is a type of persistent health condition and it does not have any severe complications, like for instance stomach cancer and/or a stomach ulcer. Many people find that their symptoms frequently go and come with time. Moreover, the symptoms depend on different factors, like lifestyle changes and stress, along with triggers. Many people succeed to manage their functional dyspepsia symptoms effectively, while others experience their symptoms go away eventually.

In general, the problem of functional dyspepsia does not have any specific cure. Instead, many people need to manage their symptoms properly with medications and lifestyle changes. Along with this, a few patients need the treatment of Helicobacter pylori to reduce their functional dyspepsia symptoms.(3)

Other than this, a few doctors said that living with the problem of functional dyspepsia involves many challenges. Severe symptoms in some cases interfere with the ability of a person to accomplish his/her daily tasks or forces him to avoid various events related to eating. Positively, you will expect to get some relief by discussing your problem with your friends and your family doctor. They give you complete support in managing your symptoms and in following the right diet plan as well as a proper lifestyle.(4)

Treatment To Discuss Functional Dyspepsia Life Expectancy

If you suffer from functional dyspepsia, your conditions may not cure completely. Rather, your symptoms may be managed successfully by following a few of the essential lifestyle changes. Besides, you have to intake medication depending on your underlying symptoms.

Lifestyle changes in detail:

  • Reducing, removing or managing any cause of your anxiety and ongoing stress.
  • Avoiding all sorts of foods and beverages, which may trigger your symptoms or make them worse, such as fatty/junk foods and caffeinated beverages.
  • Make a habit to have small but frequent meals instead of having few and large meals
  • Lose your bodyweight if you are an obese person
  • Stop or at least reduce your tobacco and alcohol intake

Recommendable Medicines To Cure Or Manage Functional Dyspepsia Symptoms

If you fail to get any improvement in your symptoms with lifestyle changes, your doctor recommends you to have certain medications to treat your symptoms and condition-

Medications To Reduce Stomach’s Acid: Doctors may recommend antacids, histamine blockers and proton pump inhibitors, all of which intend to reduce the acid content in your stomach.

Medications To Cure Helicobacter Pylori Infection: If you are suffering from functional dyspepsia because of Helicobacter pylori viral infection, doctors recommend you undergo treatment with antibiotic medications and in turn, improve your conditions.

Pain Medications: A few of the medications are useful to treat pain, stress, and depression and so on. You may intake such medicines at low dosages to treat your functional dyspepsia. These are also helpful in patients, who do not suffer from depression.(2)

Is Functional Dyspepsia A Disability?

Functional dyspepsia is not considered a disability. Functional dyspepsia takes place in each individual in a different way. Symptoms of functional dyspepsia vary largely and it requires time to undergo diagnose while your doctor rules out other related health conditions. However, you should always keep in mind to avail right support to manage your condition. You may find various modifications in your lifestyle, techniques to relieve stress to get the right mental health support and specific medications to boost the quality of your life.


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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:December 16, 2019

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