Indigestion is discomfort in the stomach or chest. It is often called an upset stomach. It may happen every once in a while or often.
Locations of Indigestion Symptoms
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The exact cause is not known.
The following lifestyle factors increase your chances of indigestion:
Indigestion can have number of symptoms including:
Make an appointment to see your doctor if your symptoms get worse. Other signs that suggest a visit to the doctor is needed include:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and any past medical issues. Indigestion may be suspected based on your symptoms.
Other tests that may be done:
Your doctor will suggest a plan based on your specific needs. Treatment options include:
Changes in your diet may help manage symptoms. Habits that may help reduce your symptoms include:
Keep a food diary. Note what your were eating, how much, and what you were doing when symptoms started. Keep track of changes to see if it helps.
Your doctor may need to change your current medicines. Medicines to help manage symptoms may include:
To help reduce the chances of indigestion:
American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
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Last reviewed December 2017 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcie L. Sidman, MD
Last Updated: 12/15/2017
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