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Indigestion

Indigestion: Introduction

The symptom "indigestion" is not usually accurate enough for a full diagnosis. People use the word indigestion to mean various abdominal symptoms such as gas, wind, diarrhea, heartburn, reflux, nausea, abdominal pain, abdominal discomfort, abdominal swelling, or other digestive symptoms. The causes of these various digestive symptoms needs to be explored for more precise information....more »

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Causes of Indigestion:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Indigestion. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Indigestion

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Causes of Types of Indigestion:

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Indigestion Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Indigestion may include:

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Stories from Users for Indigestion

Real-life user stories relating to Indigestion:

Message Boards for Indigestion

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Indigestion or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Indigestion:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Indigestion. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Look for evidence of anemia - e.g. pale skin and conjunctiva - may suggest chronic oesophagitis, chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer or stomach cancer.
    • Look for evidence of jaundice - e.g. yellow skin and sclera of eyes - may suggest gallstones that pass into common bile duct or cancer of the pancreas.
    • Abdominal examination for tenderness - e.g. tenderness in epigastric area (midline below ribs) may suggest peptic ulceration; tenderness over the right upper abdomen may suggest gall bladder disease.
    • Abdominal examination for mass - e.g. epigastric mass may suggest stomach cancer.
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Indigestion: Animations

Medications or substances causing Indigestion:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Indigestion as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Indigestion:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Indigestion as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Alcohol and Advil (Ibuprofen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Motrin (Ibuprofen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Nuprin (Ibuprofen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Aleve (Naproxen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Naprosyn (Naproxen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Ansaid (Flurbiprofen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Aspirin interaction
  • more interactions...»

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Indigestion

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Indigestion. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Indigestion: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Indigestion

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, ...read more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called...read more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in the gut. This...read more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an infectious diarrheal illness ...read more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to...read more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see ...read more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, or GERD....read more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Indigestion

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Indigestion: Related Rare Diseases

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Indigestion: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Article Excerpts about Indigestion

Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper abdomen, often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting. (Source: excerpt from Indigestion: NIDDK)

Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper... (Source: excerpt from Indigestion: NIDDK)

Definitions of Indigestion:

A disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort or heartburn or nausea
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Organs affected by Indigestion:

The list of organs typically affected by Indigestion may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Indigestion

The list below shows some of the causes of Indigestion mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Indigestion?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Indigestion. Of the 112 causes of Indigestion that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 7 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 10 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 10 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 96 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Indigestion:

The following list of conditions have 'Indigestion' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Indigestion Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Indigestion based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Indigestion?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Indigestion, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Indigestion:

    Subtypes of Indigestion:

    Dyspepsia (71 causes), Non-ulcer dyspepsia

    Medical Conditions associated with Indigestion:

    Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Dyspepsia (71 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Stomach symptoms (3217 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes), Esophagus symptoms (3079 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes)

    Symptoms related to Indigestion:

    Gas (201 causes), Wind, Diarrhea (2312 causes), Heartburn (163 causes), Reflux, Nausea (2564 causes), Abdominal pain (2568 causes), Abdominal discomfort (109 causes), Abdominal swelling (499 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes)

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    Medical News summaries about Indigestion

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