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Employ the same remedies recommended for nausea, applying them with greater energy and persistence. Sometimes ice to the stomach will give relief when other measures fail. If relief is not otherwise obtained, apply a mustard plaster over the stomach.
Many dyspeptics habitually spit up the food eaten very soon after each meal. Often the food is raised to the mouth by an involuntary effort which cannot be controlled by the will, the food spit out being in the same condition as when swallowed. In some of these cases the regurgitation is the result of habit; in others, it is due to a morbid irritability of the stomach. In both classes of cases it is important that the patient should remain very quiet for an hour or two after eating. The food should be dry in character, and restricted in quantity at first, the patient being gradually accustomed to larger quantities until able to take as much as necessary. When the food thrown up is very acid, the remedies recommended for acidity should be employed.
The curious habit of swallowing air, known as wind-sucking, or cribbing, in horses, is sometimes acquired by human beings. After a few acts of swallowing accomplished by much effort, the patient will sometimes belch very large quantities of air. We have met with but a few cases of this rare disease. The only cure is to watch the patient carefully for a few hours after each meal, compelling him to desist should he be observed in the act of repeating the practice.
Persons suffering with various forms of stomach derangements often complain of a feeling of weight or heaviness at the stomach after eating, even though the quantity of food taken be very small. This is particularly common in cases of chronic catarrh of the stomach. Relief will usually be obtained by sipping hot water in very small quantities and applying hot fomentations over the stomach for half an hour after a meal. We have cured several patients by having them wear a hot bag over the stomach for an hour or two after each meal The alternate hot and cold douche daily applied to the spine, opposite the stomach, is an excellent measure of treatment. The wearing of the warm moist abdominal bandage at night is also a good remedy, and may be used with advantage in many cases.
An unpleasant sensation called "faintness," or an "all-gone feeling" occurring before or sometimes after meals is a frequent source of very great annoyance to many sufferers from stomach disorders. One of the best means of relief is taking a few sips of ice-cold water or of hot lemonade. The common practice of eating to relieve the unpleasant sensation, while it affords temporary relief, aggravates the evil in the end. Discontinue the use of condiments; restrict the use of animal food; when very faint, drink a little cold water or a glass of hot lemonade.
Apply hot fomentations over the seat of pain. In case this does not give relief, apply ice over the stomach and fomentations to the spine, giving the patient small bits of ice to swallow. A large drink of hot water will frequently stop the pain at once. Cramp in the stomach can usually be relieved in the same way.