Indigestion in simple words can be termed as a disturbed stomach or a stomach in trouble. Many people might have witnessed some or all indigestion symptoms. However, there are certain indigestion symptoms which can be recognized and further indigestion can be prevented.
Let’s first understand the meaning of indigestion.
Indigestion is a state in which our stomach is disturbed, and in such a condition we experience pain in the upper abdomen. The abdominal pain can either be severe or a mild one.
Indigestion is not a disease like jaundice or typhoid, it is just a condition where your body is disturbed due to some bad eating or drinking habits, which include eating excess amount of food than your actual capacity, consumption of alcohol while eating food, eating a lot of fried, oily and spicy foodstuffs, eating unhygienic foods from roadside vendors on a daily basis.
Now after understanding the meaning of indigestion let’s see its Symptoms.
A person should be aware of the different types of symptoms appearing, duration of it, intensity level of it; whether severe or not, and when do these symptoms appear. A person may experience symptoms of indigestion immediately after eating food or may experience after some time after a heavy meal.
Indigestion Symptoms can be categorized into 3 types according to the intensity of indigestion. .
Common Symptoms of Indigestion
- Abdominal pain
- Feeling of a heavy/full stomach after overeating of food
- Feeling uncomfortable due to heavy stomach
- Burping or belching
- occurrence of acidic taste in the mouth
- Flatulence (gas passed from your rectum)
During such circumstances one should relax for some time until everything is normal. Usually in these cases a person feels normal after 2 or 3 hours.
Less Common Symptoms of Indigestion
- When the abdominal pain which is one of the common symptoms of indigestion continues for more than a day one should visit a doctor
- Abdominal bloating
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Loss of appetite
Severe symptoms of indigestion that might result in life forbidding status
- Heart Attack (very rare)
- Chest pain, chest pressure, chest tightness
- Burning of chest
- Difficulty in breathing
- Diverging pain down your shoulder and arm
- Excess weight gain during pregnancy
- Blood in vomit
- Black, tarry stool
When a person experiences any of these conditions, then without any further delay or hesitation they should visit the doctor first, and consult their advice for proper treatment.
Let’s go through some of the above symptoms which have biological meaning of their own.
Abdominal pain is pain or discomfort occurred in belly. It may occur in the entire area of abdomen or in any small part of the abdomen.
Burping or belching
Belching is letting out of gas from the stomach through your mouth. When gas escapes from your mouth biologically, a burp sound is produced. This occurs when people eat a lot of food more than their capacity, eat in a hurry or just swallow up food without even chewing it.
Occurrence of acidic taste in the mouth
Acidic taste is a bitter taste in the mouth. During indigestion the sphincter, which is present between the esophagus and the stomach does not function properly, which results in release of acids from the stomach to the mouth thus causing the acidic taste in mouth.
Flatulence (gas passed from your rectum)
This occurs when food molecules are not broken down completely into small units in the stomach and the small intestine, and thus enters into the large intestine in an undigested form resulting into indigestion.
Abdominal bloating means a condition where you feel that your stomach is very full and filled to the brim. In such circumstances you feel heavy and find difficult to move around.
Nausea with or without vomiting
Nausea is a sensation or feeling of vomiting, which sometimes leads to vomiting. Vomiting is throwing the unwanted and undigested food materials from the body.
Loss of appetite
It means that you want to eat food but you are not able to eat. Your mind says to eat, but your body does not support you. Your body intake of calories might have been very less, but still you are unable to eat food. The very first look of food irritates you. If this is the case for 1 or 2 days then it’s normal, but if the condition continues then a doctor’s visit is a must.
All indigestion symptoms are same for both the sexes; male and female. These indigestion symptoms when detected should not be ignored as it may lead to severe problems like heart attack in future. Taking proper precautions at the proper time with proper remedies will help each one of us to lead a healthy life.