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Indigestion (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Indigestion symptoms are signs of other medical conditions or problems.

If indigestion symptoms are mild or resolve in a short time, talk to your doctor about how to treat it.

If you have any of the following symptoms of severe indigestion, if your symptoms last more than a few days, or if they worsen noticeably, seek medical care immediately:

  • Vomiting or blood in vomit (blood can be red or dark, like coffee grounds)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Black, tarry stools or visible blood in stools
  • Severe pain in the upper right abdomen
  • Sudden, severe pain in the abdomen, particularly on the right side (the liver, gallbladder, and appendix are located here)
  • Yellow coloring of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Discomfort unrelated to eating
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting due to symptoms

Heart attacks may cause symptoms that are often mistaken for indigestion. If indigestion is accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, chest pain, or pain radiating to the jaw, back, neck or arm, seek medical attention immediately.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2014

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