Indigestion

What Is Indigestion?

Most people have indigestion (dyspepsia) at some point, and it’s not usually a sign of anything more serious, so you can treat indigestion easily by yourself. However, if symptoms persist, and you are in severe pain, please contact MyHealthcare Clinic on 0207 099 5555 now for a consultation with one of our private GPs.

Indigestion is having the following symptoms after eating or drinking:

·      Heartburn – a painful burning feeling in the chest, particularly after eating

·      Feeling full and bloated

·      Feeling sick

·      Flatulence and belching

·      Bringing up food or bitter-tasting fluids into your mouth

When it’s not indigestion

Stomach pain or back pain are usually not symptoms of indigestion. If you have stomach pain or back pain you might be constipated.

Indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux – what is the difference?

Heartburn and acid reflux are the same thing – when acid from your stomach comes up into your throat. You’ll have a burning feeling when this happens. This can be a symptom of indigestion.

How you can treat indigestion yourself

There’s usually no need to see a GP about indigestion. There are some things you can do at home, such as cutting down on tea, coffee, cola or alcohol. You can also prop your head and shoulders up in bed, which can stop stomach acid reflux happening while you sleep.

Things you should not do:

Do not eat 3 to 4 hours before going to bed

Do not have rich, spicy or fatty foods

Do not take ibuprofen or aspirin – this can make indigestion worse

Do not smoke