causes & symptoms
Most people will experience indigestion at some point in their lives. The term “indigestion” encompasses a range of digestive symptoms and is a common problem that affects many people, usually after eating or drinking. It is caused by acid breaking down the protective lining of the stomach wall, which leads to irritation and soreness.
Pain may be felt in the chest or top of the stomach. However many people complain of feeling 'bloated' or uncomfortably full and gaseous - needing to burp, belch or pass wind a lot. You may also experience nausea or vomiting and a loss of appetite.
Heartburn and indigestion can tend to have similar triggers.
Many people can identify the triggers for their symptoms and take action accordingly, but if you are suffering regularly, or have any concerns, consult your GP.
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