What is indigestion?

Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper abdomen. Indigestion is not a distinct condition, but it may be a sign of an underlying intestinal disorder such as peptic ulcer or gallbladder disease.

Who is at greater risk for having indigestion?

People of all ages and of both sexes are affected by indigestion. A person's risk is increased with

  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Use of drugs that may irritate the stomach
  • Other functional disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and
  • Emotional problems such as anxiety or depression.

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