Safe Ways to Manage Digestive Symptoms When You’re Living with Hep C
July 14, 2015
Symptoms of Indigestion
Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion describes several different types of uncomfortable digestive symptoms such as:
- feeling full or uncomfortable after a meal
- pain in the abdomen
Indigestion is one of the most frequently reported types of digestive complaints. Stemming from food sensitivities, overeating, peptic ulcer disease, liver disease, diabetes, cancer, or other health conditions, there are many potential causes of recurring indigestion.
Because indigestion can be a sign of a more serious condition, a doctor should be seen right away if there is:
- frequent vomiting or blood in the vomit
- weight loss or loss of appetite
- black tarry stools
- difficult or painful swallowing
- abdominal pain in a non-epigastric area (below the belly button or on the flanks) – especially if accompanied by fever
- dyspepsia accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating or pain that radiates to the jaw, neck or arm
- symptoms that persist for more than two weeks
As long as the cause isn’t a serious problem that requires immediate medical intervention, doctors may recommend over-the-counter antacids or prescribed medications to relieve basic indigestion. While many of these medications can be purchased without a doctor’s prescription, they almost always have side effects and exert stress on the liver. Thus, someone with Hepatitis C is better off trying to relieve their digestive symptoms naturally before resorting to chemicals.
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