What Is The Difference Between Heartburn And Indigestion?


Q: What is the difference between heartburn and indigestion? They just seem very similar and in the same area with pain. Whats the difference?

A:Heartburn is a symptom of acid indigestion. Heartburn is a burning sensation generally felt in the chest caused by stomach acids traveling up your esophagus. A sour stomach is abdominal discomfort often accompanied by heartburn. Heartburn is caused by acid reflux - acid travelling back up the eosophagus which burns the inside of the tube causing the pain. The pain is felt in the chest which is why its called heartburn - it feels like its caused by the heart, but its just close to it, not actually the heart. Indigestion is cause by many things - over eating, too much alcohol, too much spicy food, too much fatty food etc. The pain is generally felt in the stomach area. I went to a gastroentreologist this week and asked the same thing. Heartburn you probably know, indigestion apparently feels like a meal that sits there for a long time. I think heartburn is more specifically a burning sensation.... indigestion is more of a fullness, like it says lack of digestion or slow digestion. Heartburn is acid reflux. Indigestion is stomach upset (dyspepsia). The two are closely intertwined and often go together.

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