What is Indigestion?

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a general term to describe discomfort after eating when you are digesting your food, and is a common stomach problem that many people experience at some point in life.

Although most people are familiar with indigestion, the causes and symptoms are often misunderstood.


Indigestion is actually defined under two separate terms; functional dyspepsia and organic dyspepsia.


Functional Dyspepsia

This type of indigestion is appropriately described as ‘functional’: you can live a normal life if you suffer from it, but it can be persistently uncomfortable.

Symptoms can vary from person to person, but common complaints are: bloating, excessive gas and belching, feeling full quickly whilst eating, nausea and vomiting after meals.

The cause of functional dyspepsia is unclear, but a number of things could be responsible:

  • Excessive food in the stomach
  • Delay in food moving from the stomach to the duodenum (first part of the small intestine)
  • Helicobacter Pylori Infections
  • Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Certain trigger foods and drinks, such as: spicy food, alcohol, and coffee

Organic Dyspepsia

Organic dyspepsia, on the other hand, is not functional for those who suffer from it and will often require specific treatment. The symptoms of organic dyspepsia include: gastric or oesophageal cancer, disorders of the pancreas, intolerance to food or drugs, and other infections.

Due to the severity of these symptoms, it is important that you consult your doctor or pharmacist before self-diagnosing and seeking treatment.

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