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these causes include bloating, gas, colitis, endometriosis, food poisoning, GERD, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), ovarian cysts, abdominal adhesions, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, gallbladder disease, liver disease, and cancers. It is important to educate patients with indigestion about their illness, particularly by reassuring them that the illness is not a serious threat to their physical health (though it may be to their emotional health). Patients need to understand the potential causes for the symptoms.
Because indigestion is such a broad term, it is helpful to provide your doctor with a precise description of the discomfort you are experiencing. In describing the symptoms, try to define where in the abdomen the discomfort usually occurs. Sometimes people have persistent indigestion that is not related to any of these factors. This type of indigestion is called functional, or non-ulcer dyspepsia.
This causes a build-up of trapped air in your stomach that can make you feel bloated and gassy after a meal. One of the simplest ways to reduce indigestion and tummy discomfort after eating is to chew with your mouth closed. Eat slowly and chew your food. Wolfing your food down makes you swallow gas, which can contribute to bloating and gas.
Indigestion is not a life-threatening illness and has received little research funding. Because of the lack of research, an understanding of the physiologic processes (mechanisms) that are responsible for indigestion has been slow to develop. Effective drugs cannot be developed until there is an understanding of these mechanisms. Other dietary factors, fructose, and other sugar-related foods (fermentable, oligo- di- and mono-saccharides and polyols or FODMAPs), have been suggested as a cause of indigestion since many people do not fully digest and absorb them before they reach the distal intestine.
Chew your food thoroughly
- While frequently seen, visceral hypersensitivity in functional dyspepsia has not been strongly associated with any specific symptoms.
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes symptoms and signs that are the same in men and women include skin infections, numbness or tingling in the feet or hands, nausea, excessive thirst or hunger, fatigue, irritability, blurred vision, weight gain, weight loss, urinary tract infections (URIs), and kidney problems.
- Wolfing your food down makes you swallow gas, which can contribute to bloating and gas.
- Heartburn, the most frequent symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, is experienced variably in response to esophagitis caused by the reflux of irritant acid peptic or, occasionally, alkaline gastric or gastroduodenal content.
- In fact, indigestion and IBS may be overlapping diseases since up to half of patients with IBS also have symptoms of indigestion.
- It’s caused by acid reflux, which occurs when the oesophageal sphincter fails to prevent stomach acid from moving back up into your oesophagus.
UnityPoint Health Virtual Care works for you to determine whatâ€™s causing your stomach pain. Indigestion is the discomfort a person feels in the upper part of their stomach. Individuals with indigestion often experience feeling full early in a meal or an uncomfortable fullness after a meal, discomfort or burning in their stomach, and bloating. Occasionally experiencing heartburn is common and shouldnâ€™t cause a person to feel alarmed.
Studies of their effectiveness in indigestion are even more limited. The most studied drug is cisapride (Propulsid), a promotility drug that was withdrawn from the market because of serious cardiac side effects. (Newer drugs that have similar effects but lack the toxicity are being developed.) The few studies with cisapride for indigestion were inconsistent in their results. Some studies demonstrated benefits whereas others showed no benefit.
Most people will experience indigestion at some point, as it is usually mild and an occasional occurrence. It causes discomfort behind the ribs and in the stomach, and often occurs together with heartburn. Although indigestion is rarely a severe problem, persistent indigestion could be a sign of an underlying problem so speak to a doctor if you have concerns. Trust us, we feel your pain. You can blame these not-so-fun pregnancy symptoms largely on the hormones your body is producing (what else is new?), specifically all the estrogen and progesterone.
Worrying about stomach bloating and indigestion
Symptoms may be augmented further by the patient’s anxiety about his or her physical well-being. Only after appropriate diagnostic studies have reassured the patient (and the physician) can both parties begin to deal effectively with an underlying emotional basis for the patient’s symptoms. More serious causes of bloating include Celiac disease, lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome.