Have you ever had that sick feeling in your stomach after a heavy meal? Have waves of nausea made you regret that extra slice of pizza that you had? Have you felt as full of air as an inflated balloon? Have you ever experienced a burning in your chest area that makes you feel that you ate thorns and needles instead of dinner?
These are all signs of indigestion. Indigestion is an umbrella term for many gastrointestinal symptoms that occur together. Although very common, each person may experience indigestion in a different way. In fact your symptoms may differ from one episode to another.
Symptoms of Indigestion
If you have indigestion, you may have one or all of the following symptoms
Feeling of fullness
Do you ever feel full half way through a meal? You have started with a great appetite, ordered a full course but right after the first few bites, you start feeling full and cannot have another morsel. If this happens frequently, you may be suffering from indigestion. Sometimes it also happens, it is time for meal but you feel like the food you ate at your last meal is still lying there and giving you a feeling of fullness.
Discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen
If you suffer from indigestion after a meal, you may feel queasy, uneasy, and have a sinking feeling in the top region of your tummy.
Tightness or bloating
You may feel as if your stomach has been packed tight with air, and you’re going to burst.
Burning sensation in the chest and upper abdomen area
All these signs may be accompanied with a pricking or a burning sensation in your torso region.
You may experience waves of nausea that make you feel like you’re going to throw up all that you have eaten.
This is an embarrassing symptom of indigestion that is discomfiting not only to you but also those around you. This happens when there is a release of stomach air through the mouth. It is also called burping.