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While indigestion is usually nothing to be concerned about, if it is constant or reoccurring, it may be an indication of other underlying issues.

If you are worried, you can speak to one of our caring doctors, who can suggest effective treatment for indigestion and look at whether there is an underlying cause that is leading to your discomfort.

Indigestion symptoms

Indigestion usually happens after eating or drinking, although not always straight away.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Heartburn – this is a burning sensation in your chest
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling full and heavy after eating
  • Feeling sick
  • Burping
  • Bloating
  • Stomach cramps
  • Growling stomach
  • Passing wind
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bringing up bitter, acidic tasting fluid
  • Dry cough, worse when lying down

How long does indigestion last?

Indigestion is usually only short-term and the discomfort or pain will pass once the food or drink has moved through your digestive system. However, some people can experience the symptoms for longer, or they can have recurring bouts of it. If this is the case, it is a good idea to speak to a GP for further advice.

If you are worried about the indigestion you are experiencing, or if the frequency of the symptoms is causing you issues, our doctors can help.

They will be able to ask the right questions to identify if the cause of your indigestion is due to an underlying issue or if it could be managed with dietary or lifestyle changes. The doctor will take the time to discuss everything fully with you, to ensure they give you the right advice.