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IntroductionIndigestion is a common condition and affects people of all ages. Indigestion can occur for many reasons. Cigarette smoking and the consumption of certain foods, medications, and alcohol can contribute to indigestion. Indigestion can be a symptom of stress. Some cases of indigestion resolve without treatment. Indigestion may be relieved with medications, lifestyle changes, and by treating any underlying medical conditions.
X-rays may be taken of your stomach or small intestine. X-rays are painless procedures that simply require that you remain motionless while a picture is taken. An abdominal ultrasound is used to monitor blood flow and provide images of your internal organs. An ultrasound image is received from a device that is gently placed and moved over your skin.
Am I at RiskIndigestion is very common and experienced by people of ages. Cigarette smoking and consuming certain foods, medications, and alcohol can increase your risk of having indigestion. Stress and certain medical conditions can also increase your risk.
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