Many people look at indigestion as something that happens when eating too much food or eating food that is high in fat and difficult to digest. But the truth is indigestion can be symptomatic of an underlying problem, like ulcers, gallbladder disease or a reflux disease. It’s important to identify if you’re suffering from indigestion and, if so, what may be causing it.
Symptoms of Indigestion
- Bloating of the stomach
- Gas and belching
- Nausea and vomiting
- Extreme fullness during or after a meal
- Burning in your stomach
- Belly pain
If you’re feeling stressed, it may exacerbate symptoms. Also, some people may experience heartburn along with indigestion, caused by stomach acids rising into the esophagus.
Causes of Indigestion
While lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking or eating too fast) can cause indigestion, it is often caused by an underlying condition. Diseases such as irritable bowl syndrome, thyroid disease, pancreatitis, GERD and ulcers are often responsible for indigestion. Medications can play a role in causing indigestion as well. If you’re taking aspirin, birth control pills, steroid medications, antibiotics or thyroid medicines and frequently experience indigestion, it’s worth asking your doctor if the two may be linked.
Some people may not require treatment at all as indigestion often goes away on its own in a matter of hours. However, if symptoms get worse, it’s a good idea to try a few things that may prevent indigestion or at least help treat the symptoms:
- Avoid eating late at night
- Avoid spicy foods
- Drink beverages after meals instead of during them
- Try not to chew with your mouth open as this causes you to swallow too much air, adding to indigestion
- Quit smoking
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- If the above changes don’t help, talk to your doctor about altering your medication
If you believe you’re suffering from chronic indigestion, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.