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The reasons for indigestion

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

What is indigestion?

Indigestion is a type of stomach upset. We have discomfort in our upper abdomen. Indigestion is not a disease, but rather some symptoms of some other diseases. So we should not neglect if we suffer from indigestion for quite some time.Although indigestion is common, each person may feel indigestion in different ways.Symptoms of indigestion may be felt occasionally or sometimes on regular basis.

What are the Symptoms?

People with indigestion may have one or more of the following symptoms:

a)Feeling of fullness before finishing a meal.

b)Feeling of Uncomfortable fullness after a meal.

c)Having Discomfort in the upper abdomen.

You feel a mild to severe pain in the area between the bottom of your breastbone and your navel.

d)Having a Burning sensation in the upper abdomen.

e)There is Bloating or tightness in the upper abdomen. You feel an uncomfortable sensation of tightness due to gas formation.

f)Feeling of Nausea.

Vomiting and belching are not frequent.

Sometimes people with indigestion also experience heartburn, but heartburn and indigestion are two separate conditions. Heartburn is a pain or burning feeling in the center of your chest that may radiate into your neck or back during or after eating.

When is it serious and needs a doctor?

Mild indigestion is usually nothing to worry about. If your problems or discomfort continues for more than two weeks then please consult a doctor. The condition is serious if pain is severe or accompanied by:

a)Unintentional weight loss or loss of appetite.

b) Repeated vomiting or vomiting with blood.

c) Black stools.

d) Trouble in swallowing which slowly becomes worse. e)Fatigue or weakness, which may indicate anemia

Seek immediate medical attention if you have:

Shortness of breath, sweating or chest pain radiating to the jaw, neck or armChest pain on exertion or with stress

Reasons for indigestion

Indigestion has many reasons. Often, indigestion is related to lifestyle and may be triggered by food, drink or medication. That is why it is called lifestyle disease.

Common causes of indigestion include:


b)Eating very quickly

c)Eating Fatty, greasy or spicy foods.

d)Having too much caffeine, alcohol, chocolate or carbonated beverages



g)Certain antibiotics, pain relievers and iron supplements

Sometimes indigestion is caused by other digestive conditions, including:

a)Inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)

b) Peptic ulcers

c)Celiac disease



f)Pancreas inflammation (pancreatitis)

g)Stomach cancer

h)Intestinal blockageReduced

i)Reduced blood flow in the intestine (intestinal ischemia).