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Dyspeptic Complaints

Stomach pain & heartburn

Annette van Gessel & Marta Campbell
24.07.2015  11:18 Uhr

When suffering from stomach pain, heartburn or nausea, those affected ask the pharmacist for advice and seek quick help to overcome their symptoms. PTA-Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "dyspeptic complaints".

Many people react to stress or unaccustomed diet by feeling a pressure around their stomach, having stomach pains, belching or even heartburn or nausea. If these problems occur during holidays or a stay abroad, the well-being of those concerned can be severely impaired. Concentrated work or some relaxing days become impossible. Consequently, they seek fast relief from these symptoms.

To consult a doctor in a foreign country is mostly expensive and difficult. Therefore, many affected persons first seek advice at a pharmacist. Which type of medicine PTA or the pharmacist should recommend, depends on the kind of symptoms. Possible are antacids, H2-antihistamines or herbal medicines. Before recommending any medication, PTA or the pharmacist needs to ask a few questions and clarify if self-medication can be responsibly commended.


Important questions for the consultation

  • Since when have you had these symptoms?
  • Which disorders are especially severe?
  • Did you have a different diet from your normal one during the last few days?
  • Is there any explanation for your present problems?
  • Have you had much stress currently?
  • Do you have any other complaints apart from the stomach pains?
  • Have you already taken any medication for this disorder?
  • Do you take any medication regularly?
  • Have you already consulted a doctor concerning this condition?

Additional information

  • Abstain from alcohol and caffeine.
  • If you are a smoker, cease the smoking habit.
  • Learn a relaxation technique.
  • Treat yourself to regular rest phases in day-to-day life.
  • Change your eating habits to a diet that is easy on your stomach.
  • Eat slowly and chew the food properly.
  • A hot-water bottle too has a relaxing effect on your stomach.
  • If the symptoms do not improve after three to four days, you must see a doctor.
Deutsch / German Englisch / English
Appetitlosigkeit loss of appetite
Aufstoßen belching
Bauchschmerzen abdominal pains, stomach pains
Beschwerden symptoms, complaints
Druckgefühl im Magen feeling of pressure in the stomach
Entspannungstechnik relaxation technique
Raucherentwöhnung smoking cessation
Sodbrennen heartburn
Symptome symptoms
Übelkeit nausea
Wärmflasche hot-water bottle
Vocabulary on dyspeptic complaints