Something More Serious

Stomach issues can be confusing. Most people recognize the signs of an emergency, but other symptoms like nonstop nausea or recurring stomach pain could be a sign of something more serious. While you can suddenly experience similar issues with a food-related concern, it may not always be the leftovers.

These ongoing symptoms can point to a chronic condition:

  • Frequent stomach pain or cramps
  • Sour or bitter taste in your mouth
  • Fever or chills
  • Abnormal bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Feeling of a lump in the throat
  • Waking up with a sensation of choking
  • Difficulty swallowing

Common Digestive Problems

Even if your symptoms aren’t an emergency, it could be a sign of other serious digestive problems. Ongoing stomach pain or chronic indigestion is not only uncomfortable, it can also be a sign that your digestive system isn’t functioning properly. Common conditions include:

  • Heatburn
  • Indigestion
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Celiac Disease
  • Esophagus Problems (swallowing)
  • Pancreas or Gallbladder Problems

What contributes to digestive problems?

There can be many different causes of digestive issues, but these are usually the first issues your doctor will address:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Alochol use
  • Exercising or strenuous activity immediately after eating
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery for heartburn
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications and supplements

Common Culprits to Avoid

Whether you have a digestive problem or not, certain acidic foods can irritate your stomach or trigger heartburn. Eat these in moderation:

  • Caffeinated products
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Citrus fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Fried foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Foods made with tomatoes, such as pizza, chili, or spaghetti sauce