Indigestion

ExitCare Image Indigestion is discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen).

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  • Avoid foods and drinks that make your problems worse. You may want to avoid:

  • Caffeine and alcohol.

  • Chocolate.

  • Peppermint.

  • Garlic and onions.

  • Spicy foods.

  • Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, or limes.

  • Tomato-based foods such as sauce, chili, salsa, and pizza.

  • Fried and fatty foods.

  • Avoid eating for 3 hours before your bedtime.

  • Eat small meals instead of large meals more often.

  • Stop smoking if you smoke.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing. Do not wear anything tight around your waist.

  • Raise the head of your bed 4 to 8 inches with wood blocks.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You are not better after 2 days.

  • You have chest pain that goes into your neck, arms, back, jaw, or upper belly.

  • You have trouble swallowing.

  • You keep throwing up (vomiting).

  • You have black or bloody poop (stool).

  • You have a fever.

  • You have trouble breathing, you feel dizzy, or you pass out (faint).

  • You are sweating a lot.

  • You have severe belly pain.

  • You lose weight without trying.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.