Indigestion is characterized by a variety of symptoms, including:
Pain or burning sensation in the upper abdomen or chest
Belching or regurgitation
When Should I Call My Doctor?
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:
Having trouble swallowing
Vomiting with most episodes
Experiencing weight loss
Being aged 55 or older
Having a family history of cancer
When Should I Call for Medical Help Immediately?
Call for medical help or go to the emergency room right away if you have:
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