Indigestion can have number 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
Having a family history of cancer
Taking medications to ease symptoms for more than one month
When Should I Call for Medical Help Immediately?
Most indigestion is not serious. Some can be a sign of a more serious condition. Call for medical help or go to the emergency room right away if you have:
Severe abdominal pain
Blood in your stool or dark black stool
Blood in the vomit
You will be asked about your symptoms. The doctor will also ask about your health history. The diagnosis will be made mainly on your symptoms.
Your doctor will suggest a plan based on your symptoms. Treatment options may include the following:
Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
Symptoms may be relieved by one or more of the following:
Reduce your intake of fatty and spicy foods.
Eat smaller meals throughout the day instead of 3 large meals.
Reduce your intake of alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages.
Indigestion (dyspepsia). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/indigestion-dyspepsia. Accessed December 15, 2017.
Last reviewed November 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcie L. Sidman, MD
Last Updated: 7/12/2018
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