Patient Comments: Indigestion - Symptoms


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Comment from: Betina , 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 13

I smell food coming up my mouth as if I don't brush my teeth. The food I eat does not digest, I'm always smelling rotten food. I've been up and down to different doctors but I'm still the same. I suffer from bloating, indigestion, heartburn, I burp all the time, constipation, tummy pain sometimes, and headache very often. Endoscopy was done and the doctor gave me guts medication but I'm still the same. I been suffering with this smelly mouth for about 10 years now.

Comment from: Mother of 10 kids, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I have had pain in my rib cage for about 5 days. It is food that doesn't want to go down or come out. I have a hard time sleeping with the indigestion.

Comment from: Laurie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

Once I start burping I get all of the other icky stuff; flatulence, bad pain in the chest, and nausea. I have read that people are getting this from acid reflux and indigestion. I wonder if these both are one and the same. When I am able to get rid of flatulence, it is very helpful. I also need ibuprofen for the pain always.

Comment from: Perfect, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

With my dyspepsia, I experience pain, bloating, distention, flatulence, belching, heartburn, feeling of a "lump in my throat," feeling of food being caught in my esophagus, food and/or acid coming up with belching, constipation, tightness in my throat, nausea, and a burning sensation in my stomach.

Comment from: Kitty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I have had dyspepsia with nausea, gas, burping, abdominal distention and pain for more than 25 years. Most distressing is when gas gets trapped in my stomach, and a vertebra between my shoulders in my upper back hurts. Rubbing this spot or various other spots causes me to burp and the discomfort is somewhat relieved. Also, twisting my upper torso and various exercises (such as rolling on the floor) seem to help. I have a lot of gas in my ribs, which I consider to be referral pain. I have used Tums, Zantac, Prilosec, Nexium, etc., which didn't really address the problem. Simethicone and charcoal capsules have been very helpful in relieving the gas. I have ingested some probiotics and am in the process of increasing the quantities to saturate my body with friendly bacteria, which aid digestion, I'm told. I've had endoscopies, ultrasounds, motility studies and a colonoscopy, which all revealed nothing. I've had success with digestive enzymes (lots of them) from the health food store, but they don't fix the problem. I am sick and tired of my waistline growing two to three inches from noon until bedtime every day. I have eliminated sugar and wheat and cut down on dairy products and this has helped somewhat. I just did a gall bladder cleanse, which produced nothing and probably won't change a thing. I have decreased the stress in my life by 90% over the past 10 years and now intend to lose 20 pounds, eat more raw foods and check into Chinese herbs.

Comment from: Larry, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

I hope someone can help me. I have very severe pain in my upper abdomen right at the bottom of my ribs. This pain seems to happen about once a week. I had this trouble last year and it was so bad I would have to go to the emergency room for pain management, and all of a sudden it just stopped for 6 months and now it's back again. This pain lasts all day long nonstop and I have to put pressure in my belly to ease it any at all or a hot shower seems to help. I had an upper and lower gastrointestinal test done with nothing showing.

Comment from: jacqueline W., 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I just experienced a minor chemical burn from the toilet cleaner. It really burns.

Comment from: Emma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I have stomach, back pain, nausea, generally feeling under the weather, chronic indigestion and weight loss.

Comment from: Pmh2011, 13-18 (Patient) Published: March 03

I'm fifteen, and two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with dyspepsia. I hate it so much. The pain in my stomach is unreal. The medicine they gave me helps some I'm sure, but there is still pain. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow because I also have anemia. I just want to be healthy again. Besides the stomach pain, I get really impatient. I don't know if it's just because I'm a teenager or if it's because of all of this. I'll also get tired or awake very quickly.

Comment from: missminniesings, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I feel full all the time even when I also feel hungry. A few bites of food make me feel like I have gorged on a lot of food. I feel a lot of pain in the upper part of my stomach, right in the area where my ribs begin to separate. I often feel nauseous and I am very, very bloated. These symptoms are aggravated further by the fact that I am very constipated all the time. A gastroenterologist recommended that I take a "mega-dose" of Milk of Magnesia every day because I was going up to 14 days without a bowel movement this works fine as long as I don't stop taking it. Then I don't go at all again. I have been to a huge number of doctors and am on my 4th gastro-doctor. It is very frustrating when they shrug their shoulders. Further, I am unable to eat any vegetables that are not cooked to mush. Salads are completely out of the question and many cooked veggies are starting to make me hurt as well. I have not been able to eat even a bite of lettuce in over 12 years. I cannot eat apples, bananas or pineapple. Steak often makes my stomach hurt terribly. Forget Chinese or Japanese food!!! I most often eat grilled chicken and salmon...with bread and pasta as my side dishes. The lack of variety is terrible and the diet is definitely not healthy...this is further aggrivated by the fact that I have not been successful in taking vitamin supplements because they will not stay down. I know I am not healthy right now. I am gaining weight...not because I eat that much but because I eat stuff that is really bad for me and my metabolism is getting slower and slower. Exercise might help but I have no energy to do anything. I barely make it to work. Doctors want to put me on many medicines...they tell me I probably have sleep apnea...all I know is I feel terrible...there was no sleep apnea...the medicines they put me on do not help the pain or nausea and only serve to make me really sleepy most of the time. Anyway...I guess I have vented enough...


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Comment from: MorrowMail, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

Two months ago I was hit with a wave of nausea, upper abdominal pain and excessive belching 24/7 and though I tried to modify my diet. It seemed totally unrelated to food or drink. I could roll out of bed in the morning and belch 3 or 4 times just on the way to the restroom. After coffee I did seem to belch more frequently and deeper, but even a sip of tap water could cause the same belching only to a lesser degree. First I was diagnosed w/the H-pylori bacteria so I two 2-weeks worth of strong medication. Felt better, but by day 16 same symptoms back in force. So back to the doctor and 2 weeks ago had my gallbladder removed. Home for recovery and soon same symptoms returned only this time amplified to the nth degree. Today went in and had endoscope and biopsy done. Scope showed normal and biopsy results in a few days. Meanwhile, I am so discouraged. Currently on Prevacid, Carafate, and Reglan which I believe is helping the pain and I'm thankful. The belching persists no matter what. Any shared knowledge on the belching symptom would be most appreciated as I make my living as a full-time public speaker so this one persistent symptom is most troubling.

Comment from: ticktock51, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

My dyspepsia symptoms include fullness in my abdomen, nausea at times, and deep belching with a foul taste. It feels terrible and lasts for hours. I have used Zantac with some relief. I also use Titralac, which is an antacid. I have used the yogurt Activia, and it is true you do get some relief after the 10 days, but you have to continue it daily. I also have IBS, and I think that causes my symptoms to worsen.

Comment from: Bri, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I have the same indigestion symptoms as Kitty. I had the same sort of tests but at the moment they can't sort it out for me. I have not tried charcoal.

Comment from: Charmaine, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I feel full all the time. I have belching, pain in my abdomen, and heartburn. All I do is drink water like every 15 minutes for the past few days because I get dehydrated easily. I got me to thinking somewhat irrationally that maybe I feel full because of the water I drank continuously. It feels like the water never leaves my stomach.

Comment from: Lorrie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 12

Following a total hysterectomy three weeks ago, I have been suffering from dyspepsia following meals, including nausea. I have lost my appetite and am able to eat only very small portions when I do eat. I have post-surgical pain at the incision site, which is lessening every day. I am taking mild laxatives to stimulate my bowels. Before this, I have never had any digestive problems whatsoever. I assume this is a typical reaction following abdominal surgery, but the pain of the constipation can cause nausea and quite a bit of distress. I am an otherwise healthy 76-year-old woman.

Comment from: JJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

My dyspepsia symptoms are stomach pain and belching, bloating, and cramping under my ribs in front. Sometimes I have nausea. It lasted last night for 13 hours! At its worst, I also get heart palpitations and lightheaded. Nothing relieves it. I have been on Nexium for two months and at first it seemed to help. Then, in the last week, it has come back stronger than ever. It kind of scares me. I wonder how bad it can get.

Comment from: EW, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

My dyspepsia symptoms are nausea after eating, then fullness and burping. This fullness and burping can go on for hours. I also sometimes have air that comes out of my esophagus, but not as a burp, as a noise. I cannot control this. I am unable to lie on my left side until late at night when my stomach is empty because of this air/noise. I have been on Prilosec for four years now. It helps me get through the day, but the symptoms do not go away.

Comment from: brnbrklyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

My dyspepsia consists of chest pain, abdominal discomfort, and mild upper back pain, much like gas in the back. I also have water brash at night (excess saliva) and some mild nausea. Basically, I'm a mess. I take Prevacid, but it takes weeks to kick in.

Comment from: debbieo32, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

My experience with dyspepsia was a tightness directly below the sternum typically accompanied by mild nausea and belching even when doctor recommended diet is followed. The feeling recurs, but not after any particular food. It will linger for days at a time. Stress does seem to aggravate it.


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Comment from: MB, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: October 14

With my dyspepsia, my belching episodes last for hours. They are extremely uncomfortable and can leave my throat sore. They often occur at night, and I have seen no correlation with diet. I have tried eliminating different foods, but they still occur.

Comment from: Jay, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

With my dyspepsia, I basically have a feeling of a full stomach, occasional cramping, frequent nausea and an increased body temperature.

Published: July 25

My dyspepsia symptoms are of two different types: My most common are: pain in my stomach, such as an acid-burning feeling, but without any GERD symptoms or esophageal symptoms of any kind. This pain is always accompanied by or followed shortly by, trapped gas and bloating. These symptoms are temporarily relieved best by Mylanta. My less common are: intense episodes of cramping, which are relieved by Levsin. At its worst, this particular symptom is sometimes accompanied by sweating followed by a drop in blood pressure and feeling faint. These symptoms are relieved by lying down and also massaging the stomach.

Comment from: chrissiebht, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

If I go for a walk, I experience what feels like excessive indigestion. I have had a positive stress test and also have had an angio gram. I am on Statin for cholesterol and was taking Rinitidine for the indigestion which I have now stopped as it seemed to be making it worse. I am also on Angina medication but do not believe for one minute that my chest pain when walking is associated with my heart - the reason I don't have the problem everytime I go for a walk and the pain is more of a burning sensation in the chest and slightly affects the right arm.

Comment from: Dano, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I have had symptoms of GERD, IBS and dyspepsia for about 2 1/2 years. It came on suddenly and never went away. The worst problem is the constant need to belch and relieve the pressure in my chest or back. I became very freaked out and still do with the sharp pains in my chest. Usually the burping will help, but it's very annoying and embarrassing. It is interfering with my life. I have seen some doctors and had an endoscopy, which showed nothing but upset stomach.

Comment from: Georgia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have experienced excessive bloating and stomach discomfort for about 3 years, but only when I began having pain in my ribcage, did I start to seek some answers. I was so relieved to read of Kitty's symptoms (in this column). Prior to reading this, I had found no other mention made of pain in the ribs. I began taking probiotics immediately, and my pain and bloating were gone in two days! I now have my life back.

Comment from: Louise, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have nausea, pain in my upper stomach between ribs, tiredness and it usually occurs after I eat but not always. Sometimes the pain is tight and radiates to my back. I had my gall bladder and stones removed about 10 years ago.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I frequently have diarrhea for no reason. I have abnormal bowel movements and maybe later in the day I will have so much gas build up and then loose bowels. Maybe loose for two or three more times and discomfort on my right side.

Comment from: JoAnna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I have very frequent heartburn like symptoms; pain in the abdomina area (above the navel in the breast bone), feeling of nausea, feeling full early, etc, usually brought on by eating or even drinking water. I have had symptoms for nearly 4 years but off and on, the PPI's do not work. Recently, I have been taking PPI's 2 times per day but none of them have been working on the symptoms.

Comment from: countyguy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I was diagnosed with dyspepsia 4 years ago. My symptoms mainly include nausea for hours at a time, stomach gas and sharp pain. I tried many pharmaceutical medications for it and none of them did anything for me. I did some research and found doctors who recommended medical marajuana. I tried this treatment and found it greatly helped. The nausea goes away as well as the pain, not so much the burping but that I can live with. I am hoping that there are more studies conducted on this treatment so that the government will allow this to be used in the treatment of dyspepsia.

Comment from: brightskin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

Upper right side of my stomach is sore to the touch, nausea, hurts more after eating, difficult sleeping, pain in back upper right side, and bloating.

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