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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,263 Doctors shared insights

Indigestion (Overview)

Indigestion = Difficulty digesting food / dyspepsia.


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Can certain food and drinks cause indigestion?

Can certain food and drinks cause indigestion?

Indigestion: Of course they can but this tends to be person-specific rather than a generality. There are many food types, for example, that can cause gastric reflux due to specific food properties that change the pressure of the gastric-esophageal sphincter: coffee, chocolate, pepper, cumin, and mint. The latter is why the after dinner mint is a popular condiment to allow for easier burping after a large meal. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,263 Doctors shared insights

Indigestion (Overview)

Indigestion = Difficulty digesting food / dyspepsia.


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Beer gives me acid indigestion and bloating. Does this mean I'm allergic?

Beer gives me acid indigestion and bloating. Does this mean I'm allergic?

Gluten Sensitivity: It may be that you have a sensitive stomach but it could mean that you have a sensitivity to the rye in beer. Some people actually posess an allergy to gluten and have GI sensitivity to types of wheat or barley. I would recommend seeing a gastroenterologist if you want a real work-up performed, particularly if you are sensative to other types of breads and carb laden foods. ...Read more

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Treating Heartburn (Checklist)

Use an over-the-counter heartburn medication
Daily
Avoid eating heavy meals
Daily
Limit fatty or acidic foods
Daily
Avoid alcoholic drinks
Daily
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How can I treat indigestion?

How can I treat indigestion?

Habits: 1- minimize caffeine
2- minimize stress as directed
3- full night sleep- raise head of bed
4- avoid nsaids (motrin advil)
5- multiple small meals (no large meals)
6- weight maintenance/ lose weight
7- dietary restrictions/ no spicy
8- avoid late night eating, wait 3 hours from last meal prior to sleep
9- 30 to 40 min brisk walk four times per week. ...Read more

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Constant heartburn and acid reflux for over 2 years. How can I get this treated?

Constant heartburn and acid reflux for over 2 years. How can I get this treated?

Diet, meds&surgery: Avid the foods that cause acid reflux
avoid obesity, if obese loose weight
h2 blockers like ranitidine and others
prton pump inhibiters
if nothing else helps than fundal plication surgery or stretta procedure
se a gastroenterologist or discuss with your family doctor. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/defecating uncontrollably
Once
Hydrate yourself to keep up with fluid loss; water is best
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent the spread of stomach viruses
Daily
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Dear sir, how can you treating indigestion caused by spasm?

Good question!: This occurs in about 1 in three individuals. First, seeing what eating habits are likely to produce it. Fasting during the day followed by a really big meal (Ramadan. Hint hint) is really likely to cause this, and breaking fasts gradually with small intake first.
Spicey food, Dairy, Heavy Meat, Large bulky or poorly chewed food, very hot or very cold food, acidic food, can be triggers commonly. ...Read more

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Which types of food help to cure indigestion?

Which types of food help to cure indigestion?

Tums, (calcium carbonate) antacids: Tums, (calcium carbonate) antacids like maalox, mylanta are helpful. So is ginger. ...Read more

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How do I get rid if indigestion if I'm pregnant?

How do I get rid if indigestion if I'm pregnant?

Good food: The easiest way to improve digestion is by completely stopping grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Also avoid milk protein (milk, yogurt, cheese) since it causes indigestion.

Healthy food items such as eggs, fish, chicken, meats, vegetables, some saturated fat (butter, ghee, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Take a probiotic daily.
All these is nourishing for the growing fetus too. ...Read more

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Which is better drug to treat cronic gastritis and functional dyspepsia? Pantaprazole or famotidine?

Which is better drug to treat cronic gastritis and functional dyspepsia? Pantaprazole or famotidine?

Functional dyspepsia: By definition is not a problem of stomach acid and so will not be treated by either pantoprazole or famotidine. The treatments are amitriptyline, mirtazipine, citalopram, etc. ...Read more

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How does exceeding the recommended dose of indigestion tablets cause symtoms?

How does exceeding the recommended dose of indigestion tablets cause symtoms?

Dose limit exceeded: Drug dosing is set by studies to establish the safest, most effective amount of medication for each indication treated. Short of toxic dosing, too much otc antacids can cause magnesium excess (with diarrhea), aluminum excess (with constipation), calcium excess (increased acid output). Otc doses of h2's or ppi's are typically an eighth to half the prescription strength. If in doubt, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take lanzoprazole or omeprazole everyday due to my frequent heartburn? Spicy foods seems to trigger it again after 14 day treatment.

Is it okay to take lanzoprazole or omeprazole everyday due to my frequent heartburn? Spicy foods seems to trigger it again after 14 day treatment.

See below.: Many people take these meds every day, generally would like to take no meds if possible. Can try taking for thirty days then switching to every other day for a few days before stopping it and see how that works. If discomfort returns you should probably see doc to straighten this out. ...Read more

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I've had mild indigestion 3-4 times in the last week. What am I doing wrong? How can I prevent? Is there something more serious I need to worry about?

I've had mild indigestion 3-4 times in the last week. What am I doing wrong? How can I prevent? Is there something more serious I need to worry about?

Food allergies/acid: A lot of processed foods we eat causes heartburn, especially spicy foods and caffeine cause trouble with the valve between your esophagus and stomach. Others have food allergies or intolerance to for example lactose (milk products), or often these days, gluten. Watch your diet and see what foods cause trouble, then eliminate them from your diet if possible or substitute them. See your doc if worse. ...Read more

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How to avoid indigestion?

How to avoid indigestion?

Few suggestions...: Indigestion is commonly a symptom of acid reflux which is the back flow of stomach contents into the esophagus. Its triggered by many factors. Avoidance may be achieved by: eating slower or eating less; eliminating caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, mints, tomato sauces, citrus, carbonated drinks; lose weight if needed; avoid bending over or laying down after eating. Good luck! ...Read more

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I now take 40 mgs of omeprazole twice daily for GERD and still get bad attacks of indigestion. When I eat it gets better. Is this a normal response?

I now take 40 mgs of omeprazole twice daily for GERD and still get bad attacks of indigestion. When I eat it gets better. Is this a normal response?

Time to see GI: The symptoms are not improving on excellent treatment, so are either complicated or something other than what you think it is--both equal see specialist. Gastroenterologist can do exam / scope / treat. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get indigestion after everything I eat?

Is it normal to get indigestion after everything I eat?

Not normal: It is not normal to have indigestion after everything you eat. You should be evaluated for this. ...Read more

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How long does indigestion usually last?

How long does indigestion usually last?

30-60 minutes: If 'indigestion' is lasting longer than that, an explanation is warranted. And, to be frank, it depends on how you define 'indigestion' and it depends on whether the discomfort is shorter but more intense than usual - it may warrant explanation sooner. In essence - if it bothers you - get an answer... ...Read more

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What factors add to heartburn?

What factors add to heartburn?

Many contributors: There are many factors which can lead to heartburn. Problems with swallowing from medical conditions, diet (fatty, spicy, greasy foods, caffeine, tomato based foods, or citrus fruits or juices). Weight gain appears to be the fastest growing problem leading to increasing gerd and heartburn. ...Read more

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How can I treat indigestion?

Habits: 1- minimize caffeine
2- minimize stress as directed
3- full night sleep- raise head of bed
4- avoid nsaids (motrin advil)
5- multiple small meals (no large meals)
6- weight maintenance/ lose weight
7- dietary restrictions/ no spicy
8- avoid late night eating, wait 3 hours from last meal prior to sleep
9- 30 to 40 min brisk walk four times per week. ...Read more

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What can I use for indigestion?

What can I use for indigestion?

Treat the cause: Indigestion is a symptom and not a disease, you have to find the cause. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. If it gets worse or does not get better see a doctor. You can
avoid eating late at night
relax after eating
avoid alcohol
don't smoke
avoid spicy foods
drink fluid after rather than during meals. ...Read more

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What can I do. Fo bad indigestion?

Tummy ache?: Indigestion is a rather vague term. Think in descriptive terms like cramping, burning, nausea, heartburn, bloating, burping, painful, and also what makes it worse/better, to more accurately describe your complaint.
Hope this was helpful.
Alcohol is a chemical irritant that can cause inflammation in the stomach. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up in the night with bad indigestion?

Why do I wake up in the night with bad indigestion?

Lots of questions: It can depend on what you ate, when you ate it, how much you ate. All these issues should be addressed to your physician and your doctor will be able to advise you and do additional testing if necessary. Try to keep a log of the above questions so when you visit, you can answer the questions based on your findings. ...Read more

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Had bad indigestion for 4 days should I be worried?

Indigestion: It can be the sign of other problems, such as gall bladder inflammation and heart attack, see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Indigestion for 36 hours, concerned. What should I do?

Indigestion for 36 hours, concerned. What should I do?

Needs to be checked: If you have symptoms of indigestion, for 36 hours, you should see your doctor to find the cause and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Am I more likely to suffer from indigestion if I smoke?

Yes: Nicotine decreases pressure in the valve between your stomach and esophagus. This can increase the incidence of reflux or heartburn. Smoking also increases the risk of stomach, esophageal, and colon cancer. ...Read more

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How do I know if indigestion is something more serious?

Evaluation by doctor: This would require an evaluation by your doctor. Obviously you are having enough symptoms that are causing you to be concerned. I recommend seeing your family doctor to get evaluated. They should be able to determine if the symptoms warrant further evaluation and/or treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get indigestion after everything I eat?

Not normal: It is not normal to have indigestion after everything you eat. You should be evaluated for this. ...Read more

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I av indigestion very time I eat sir. What can I do sir?

I av indigestion very time I eat sir. What can I do sir?

See my checklist: You are likely having reflux (GERD). There are things you can due to relieve the problem. Please go to MY checklist TREATING HEARTBURN. Follow the advice given. You can use OTC Zantac (Ranitidine) but don't use Prilosec (omeprazole) or other pills. You may use Maalox
Regular Strength for immediate relief. See also:
http://bit. Ly/ZquHBK ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


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