CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF INDIGESTION OR DYSPEPSIA

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Uncomfortable sensation in your belly during or after a meal. You might have burning or pain in the upper part of your stomach, too. It is indigestion, also called dyspepsia.


Indigestion is often a sign of an underlying problem, such as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, or gallbladder disease, rather than a condition of its own. Any treatment you get will depend on what the cause is. But there are ways you can feel better or avoid getting it.


Symptoms might be worse when you are stressed. If you swallow too much air when you eat, that can make belching and bloating worse.


People often have indigestion along with heartburn (a burning feeling deep in the chest), which happens when stomach acids rise into the esophagus.

SYMPTOMS – YOU MIGHT HAVE

Bloating
Belching and gas
Nausea and vomiting
An acidic taste in your mouth
Fullness during or after a meal
Growling stomach
Burning in your stomach or upper belly
Belly pain

CAUSES

Men and women of all ages can get indigestion. It is a common condition. But certain things make some people more prone to it. Causes include:

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Ulcers
GERD(gastro esophageal reflux disease)
Stomach cancer. This is rare.
Gastroparesis, a condition where the stomach doesn’t empty properly. It often happens to people with diabetes.
Stomach infections
Irritable bowel syndrome
Pancreatitis, an inflamed pancreas
Thyroid disease
Aspirin and many other pain relievers
Estrogen and birth control pills
Steroid medications
Some antibiotics
Thyroid medicines
Eating too much, too fast, or when you are stressed. High-fat foods can also add to the problem.
Drinking too much alcohol
Smoking
Stress and fatigue
Sometimes people have long-lasting indigestion that is not related to any of these things. This type is called functional or non-ulcer dyspepsia.

Many women have indigestion during the middle and later parts of pregnancy. The problem might come from hormones, which relax the muscles of the digestive tract, and from the pressure the growing baby puts on the stomach.