Some people also use the term indigestion to describe the symptom of heartburn.
For many, indigestion results from either:
- eating too much
- eating too quickly
- eating high-fat foods
- eating during stressful situations
Your upset and burning feeling indigestion can also be caused by, or make matters worse, with
- being tired
- stomach cancer
- drinking too much alcohol
- in a state of ongoing stress
- using medications that irritate the stomach lining
Avoiding the foods and situations that seem to cause heartburn is a primary way for upset and burning indigestion treatment. Remember that exercising with a full stomach may cause indigestion, so scheduling exercise before your meal or about an hour later.
Because indigestion can be a sign of a more serious disease, people should see a doctor if they experience:
- weight loss
- appetite loss
- blood in vomit
- black tarry stools
- discomfort unrelated to eating
- severe pain in the upper right abdomen
- symptoms that persist for more than 2 weeks
Also, seek medical attention if your upset feeling heartburn is accompanied by:
Some people have persistent burning indigestion without these associated factors. Consulting your health care provider is advisable if your indigestion is chronic.