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When should I call the doctor about indigestion?

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Because indigestion can be a sign of a more serious health problem, let your doctor know if you have any of the following symptoms:

A heart attack can cause symptoms that feel like indigestion. Get medical help right away if you have shortness of breath, sweating, or pain that spreads along your jaw, neck, or arm.

  • Vomiting or blood in your vomit. It may look like coffee grounds.
  • Weight loss you can’t explain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stools that are bloody, black, or tarry
  • Severe pain in your upper-right belly
  • Pain in the upper- or lower-right parts of your belly
  • Feeling uncomfortable even if you haven’t eaten

From: Indigestion WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institutes of Health. 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Institutes of Health. 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

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