Indigestion

The term “indigestion” may refer to dyspepsia or other forms of digestive upset and abdominal discomfort such as belching, reflux, and heartburn. Although some people may use the word “indigestion” to describe disorders involving vomiting, diarrhea, and other digestive upset, this isn’t strictly correct. Indigestion (dyspepsia) more properly refers ...

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Indigestion. An uncomfortable feeling that occurs during or after eating. ...Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH)1 ...

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Causes

Simple Causes: Dyspepsia is exacerbated by various factors:

  • Spicy Food
  • Caffeine (coffee, sodas)
  • Fatty foods
  • High-fiber foods
  • Emotional upset
  • Habitual rapid eating

Chronic Indigestion: Causes of chronic indigestion include:

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Causes of Indigestion

Indigestion is not a disease. However, indigestion may be a sign of certain digestive tract diseases or conditions. Indigestion is not always related to eating. Sometimes digestive tract diseases such as peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, and stomach cancer cause chronic ...2

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Diagnosis of Indigestion

Diagnosis: How do doctors diagnose indigestion? Your doctor diagnoses indigestion based on your medical history, a physical exam, upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and other tests. Medical history Your doctor will review your symptoms and medical history. He or she will ...3

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Causes List for Indigestion

Possible causes of Indigestion (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Similar Symptoms

Is it indigestion? True dyspepsia? What exact symptoms do you mean? Some patients may say “indigestion” when they really mean any of these symptoms:

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Clinical Features of Indigestion

These symptoms most often include

  • pain, a burning feeling, or discomfort in your upper abdomen
  • feeling full too soon while eating a meal
  • feeling uncomfortably full after eating a meal

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Treatments for Indigestion

Treatment: How do doctors treat indigestion? Treatment for indigestion depends on the cause and may include

Over-the-counter and prescription medicines

You can buy many ...6

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Prevention of Indigestion

What can I do to help prevent indigestion? In addition to making changes in what you eat and drink, you can help prevent indigestion by making lifestyle changes such as

  • avoiding exercise right after eating
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References

  1. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): rarediseasesnetwork.org/ cms/ cegir/ Learn-More/ Glossary
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ digestive-diseases/ indigestion-dyspepsia/ all-content
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ digestive-diseases/ indigestion-dyspepsia/ all-content
  6. ibid.

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