Indigestion is a common condition that people of all ages suffer.
Indigestion is basically a discomfort in the upper abdomen that causes a person to feel bloated, to belch and may also cause nausea. Symptoms of indigestion may vary from one person to another. Two people may both be experiencing indigestion but in entirely different ways. Symptoms of indigestion besides being different can also differ in intensity from one person to the next. Some people only have occasion indigestion while others get indigestion all the time.
What are the symptoms of indigestion?
A person may be experiencing indigestion if they feel full early while eating. They may have just started to eat but feel full already. This feeling of being full is actually a symptom of indigestion.
Some people may experience feeling very uncomfortably full after eating a meal and this feeling of fullness lasts longer than normal.
Another symptom of indigestion is a pain in the upper abdomen that is mild or it may even be severe. The pain can occur in the area between the bottom of the breastbone and the navel.
A person may be having indigestion if they feel a burning sensation in the upper abdomen that is mild to severe and occurs between the bottom of the breastbone and the naval.
Individuals with the above symptoms of indigestion may also experience bloating or nausea too although they usually occur less frequently than the other symptoms.
If you are a person who has experienced any of the above symptoms you may have suffered from indigestion in the past.
A common symptom to have along with indigestion is heartburn. Heartburn is often mistaken for indigestion but it is really a different condition.
If you are a person who suffers from indigestion you should know when to call your doctor. It is important to call your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms of indigestion and you have had unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite. You should also make an appointment to see your doctor if you have indigestion and vomiting at the same time. If you notice black, tarry stools and have indigestion you should see your doctor. You should also see your doctor if you have indigestion and notice a yellow coloring in the eyes or skin called jaundice.
An emergency situation may occur if you have indigestion and also have shortness of breath, are sweating, or experiencing chest pain, or pain that radiates from your jaw, neck or down your arm. If you experience chest pain while physically exerting yourself or when you are stressed you should also see a doctor immediately.
Who suffers from indigestion?
Many different people get indigestion for many different reasons. Some people get indigestion because they overeat. Some people get indigestion because they eat too fast. Others experience indigestion when they eat greasy, fatty or spicy foods. Others experience indigestion as a result of drinking beverages that contain caffeine or when they drink too much alcohol. Sometimes eating chocolate can cause someone to experience indigestion. Others will experience indigestion after smoking, when they are nervous or when they have experienced emotional trauma. Certain medications, including antibiotics can cause indigestion. Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are known to cause indigestion. Individuals with gastritis, stomach inflammations have indigestion. Individuals with pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas may experience indigestion. When a person has gallstones or stomach cancer they can have indigestion. A person may also have indigestion even when a cause for the symptoms cannot be found. When you have indigestion and no cause can be determined it is called, functional dyspepsia. Functional dyspepsia is thought to be a type of indigestion that occurs when the stomach is unable to accept food and to digest it before passing it on to the small intestine.
Mayo Clinic Indigestion http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/indigestion/DS01141/DSECTION=causes