All most out of 10 – 5 to 6 percent of people suffer from indigestion problem. Eating habits or a chronic digestive problem can trigger indigestion. Indigestion is often a sign of an underlying problem, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, or gallbladder disease, rather than a condition of its own.
What is indigestion?
Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper abdomen. It is defined as persistent or recurrent pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen. Indigestion can cause stomach pain or bloating, or heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.
Other common symptoms include:
- Feeling full during a meal and not being able to finish eating
- Feeling very full after eating a normal-sized meal
- Burning sensation in the stomach or esophagus
- Gnawing sensation in the stomach
- Experiencing excessive gas or belching
- Pain or burning in your upper belly — usually in the middle
- Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
- Bloating (that too-full feeling where your stomach sticks out)
- Burping that you have a hard time controlling
- Occasionally, vomiting
Men and women of all ages can get indigestion. It’s a common condition. Indigestion is usually caused by inflammation in your stomach. This is often due to an excess of stomach acid, which your body produces to digest food. If this acid refluxes into your gullet, it can cause heartburn – burning pain behind your breastbone, sometimes accompanied by a bitter liquid rising into your mouth.
Here are certain things that make some people more prone to it:
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Use of drugs that may irritate the stomach
- Other functional disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and
- Emotional problems such as anxiety or depression
- Ulcers in your stomach and the duodenum
- Hiatus hernia (top part of the stomach pushes up into the chest cavity).
- Stomach cancer ( rare)
- Stomach infections
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Pancreatitis, an inflamed pancreas
- Thyroid disease
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Reported by Dr. Himani