You can have occasional indigestion after eating a large meal, greasy food, or foods that “don’t agree” with you. However, chronic or frequent indigestion may be caused by an underlying digestive condition.
Indigestion that is only an infrequent stomachache is not a disease but is rather a symptom of what you’re eating or how much you’re eating. Different people also have digestive issues when consuming different foods – people react differently when it comes to digesting various types of food.
Why Am I Having Indigestion?
Let’s talk about some of the reasons why you might be having indigestion and what you can do about it
Consuming meals too quickly or overeating can both lead to discomfort in the abdomen. Also, caffeinated beverages, chocolate, alcohol, and carbonated drinks can all add to digestive symptoms and make you feel like you’re having heartburn.
Indigestion accompanies celiac disease, whose symptoms also include GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can also have indigestion as one of its symptoms.
Both over-the-counter medicines and those prescribed by a doctor can cause indigestion, especially if they are not taken as prescribed – some medicines must be taken with food, and others must be taken on an empty stomach. When medicine is ingested incorrectly, the lining of the esophagus can become irritated and can cause uncomfortable indigestion.
Dietary supplements, antibiotics, and even pain relievers can cause indigestion or heartburn. Speak with your physician regarding how best to take your medications.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, which is an important organ in the digestive process. The job of the pancreas is to release digestive enzymes into the small intestine for aiding digestion.
The inflamed pancreas will cause pain in the upper region of the abdomen and might also cause diarrhea. The indigestion symptoms are present because the organ is unable to produce enough enzymes to sufficiently break down food.
Interestingly, smoking cigarettes can lead to indigestion, as it permits the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to relax too much. The relaxed sphincter thereby becomes an access point for acids to enter the stomach. The premature release of stomach acid into the stomach causes food to back up into the esophagus, creating heartburn due to indigestion.
Gastroenterologists in Central Pennsylvania
It is imperative to seek medical attention for indigestion that occurs quite often, because it may be a signal that an underlying medical condition is present. If this is happening to you or someone you love, schedule a consultation with the experienced gastroenterologists here at Carlisle Digestive Disease Associates.
Our team of gastroenterologists performs procedures including endoscopy to evaluate for GERD or other digestive issues, colonoscopy to check for polyps and colon cancer (or colorectal cancer), and checkups for stomach issues. Even if your indigestion is just related to stress, we can help you.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment by calling us at (717) 245-2228, or fill out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to seeing you and helping you feel much better!