The Signs of Indigestion May Include...

  • Abdominal pain - one of the most overlooked signs of (not causes of) indigestion
  • Bloating (full feeling and/or heaviness in the abdomen)
  • Acid reflux of contents into throat or mouth
  • Belching and stomach gas
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Acidic taste/ dry mouth
  • Growling stomach
  • Burning in the stomach or upper abdomen
  • Frequent coughing though not ill
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn (a burning sensation deep in the chest). Heartburn can be caused by stomach acids rising into the esophagus. These acid reflux symptoms may increase in times of stress and can be due to other possible underlying problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, or gallbladder disease.

     

    Who is likely to have these problems?

    Many people have these acid reflux symptoms; it is extremely common. An individual's likelihood increases with excess alcohol consumption and use of drugs that may irritate the stomach (such as aspirin). Pre-existing other conditions where there is an abnormality in the digestive tract such as an ulcer can also induce these signs. Emotional problems, such as anxiety or depression, can also create indigestion. There can be serious conditions that may lead to otheracid reflux symptoms.

     

    Indigestion Causes: 

    Behavior/Lifestyle Indigestion Causes:

    Food Causes:

    One thing we know works extremely well for food indigestion causes are digestive enzymes, read more here... Digestive enzymes help relieve Indigestion

    Medication Causes:

    Always check medication side effects for possible indigestion side effects!!!

    Disease Causes:

    Pregnancy Indigestion Causes:

    During the middle and later parts of pregnancy, many women have indigestion.
    This is most likely caused by pregnancy-related factors such as hormones that can relax the muscles of the digestive tract, and the growing uterus puts upward pressure on the on the stomach. Also, pre-existing indigestion problems may become amplified by pregnancy for the above reasons. 


    References:

    1: McColl KE, Gillen D. Evidence that proton-pump inhibitor therapy induces the symptoms it is used to treat. Gastroenterology. 2009 Jul;137(1):20-2. Epub 2009 May 29. PubMed PMID: 19482105.
    2: Reimer C, Søndergaard B, Hilsted L, Bytzer P. Proton-pump inhibitor therapy induces acid-related symptoms in healthy volunteers after withdrawal of therapy. Gastroenterology. 2009 Jul;137(1):80-7, 87.e1. Epub 2009 Apr 10. PubMed PMID: 19362552.

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