Indigestion is discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest. It is often linked to nausea, belching, or bloating.
Locations of Indigestion Symptoms
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The exact cause is not known. Most often, the condition is linked to a number of unhealthy lifestyle factors. These factors can result in poor digestion.
The following lifestyle factors increase your chances of experiencing indigestion:
Indigestion is characterized by a variety of symptoms, including:
It is common to have indigestion occasionally. If the episodes worsen or happen more frequently, make an appointment to see your doctor. If you have indigestion, important reasons to call your doctor include:
Call for medical help or go to the emergency room right away if you have:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. Indigestion is diagnosed mainly on the symptoms listed above.
Tests may be ordered if your symptoms worsen or you have more serious symptoms, like severe abdominal pain. Examples of tests that may be ordered include:
Your doctor will suggest a plan based on the severity of your symptoms. Treatment options may include the following:
Your doctor may advise you to:
Medicines your doctor may recommend include:
If the discomfort persists, your doctor may order tests to determine if the symptoms are related to a more serious condition, such as:
To prevent indigestion:
The American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
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Last reviewed September 2012 by Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 9/11/2012
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