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How do I know if indigestion is something more serious?

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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...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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What do you advise if I have chest that occurs every minute or two and my stomach growls. Is it indigestion or something serious?

What do you advise if I have chest that occurs every minute or two and my stomach growls. Is it indigestion or something serious?

Maybe not just GERD: Further evaluation is key to determining if your symptoms are reflux-related or not. Also, if reflux, is it acid or non-acid material that is involved? Sometimes, pulmonary, ent, or dental issues are at play, & sometimes dysmotility or gastroparesis is the issue. Are you sure your acid blocker dose is sufficient & that you have been compliant with behavior & diet restrictions to minimize gerd? ...Read more

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I'm having serious indigestion and need to take prosilac but i also need to take xanax. My doc app is next week. Can i space them so they don't react.

Probiotics: Think about using a probiotic either with or in place of the prilosec. A lot of present day indigestion occurs because we have stripped natural enzymes from our diet or reduced them with processed food, poor fertilization and overuse of antibiotics. Also consider other natural solutions for anxiety if you want to give them a try including meditation and other non addictive naturals for gaba. ...Read more

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I feel indigestion , burning, burping and gas problem. Is this serious health issue? Watz the best remedy and test to diagnose further. Plz suggest

I feel indigestion , burning, burping and gas problem. Is this serious health issue? Watz the best remedy and test to diagnose further. Plz suggest

See your doctor: There may be more than one possibility here. Acid reflux is one common condition causing burning in the pit of the stomach and burping. This can be relieved with antacids. But there are many antacids one can choose. This is where your family doctor can be most helpful. Yet there are simple medications like pepcid, zantac and Prilosec which can provide good relief for reflux(if that is the cause). ...Read more

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Abdominal point tenderness in upper left quadrant. Sharp pain. Also feel a little bloated, not sure if it's related. Indigestion? Or more serious?

Abdominal point tenderness in upper left quadrant. Sharp pain. Also feel a little bloated, not sure if it's related. Indigestion? Or more serious?

Gas trapping or more: gas trapping under the left upper ribs is call "splenic flexure syndrome" - caused by an accumulation of gas in the large intestine as it passes under the spleen on the left. The fact that you are bloated suggests other GI problems which should be addressed by your physician. ...Read more

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I have these severe back pain like internally, & it comes & goes but when it happens it's really painful... & suddenly...It feels like indigestion... ?

I have these severe back pain like internally, & it comes & goes but when it happens it's really painful... & suddenly...It feels like indigestion... ?

Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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11pm severe indigestion pain under breastbone 2 hrs moved to the right then moved to shoulder blades, total 5 hrs pain could it be anything wrong?

11pm severe indigestion pain under breastbone 2 hrs moved to the right then moved to shoulder blades, total 5 hrs pain could it be anything wrong?

Shoulder pain: This pattern of severe digestive symptoms (presumably after a meal) is typical of gallbladder pain (biliary colic). The pain is usually pretty abrupt in onset, just after a meal, can last for hours, with nausea. The gallbladder is relatively unique in commonly sending pain to the r shoulder blade. Many causes can lead to pain under the breast bone (epigastric pain). ...Read more

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Can indigestion cause severe back pain?

Can indigestion cause severe back pain?

Yes: Indigestion, as well as other intestinal disorders, can cause severe back pain. However, anyone with severe pain should see a doctor to identify the exact cause; it is not wise to just assume indigestion as a cause without first ruling out other causes. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is also known as Heartburn. Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more


Stomach Upset (Definition)

Stomach upset can be due to problems in digestion or ...Read more