Stomach heaviness is a condition characterized by an unpleasant and prolonged feeling of fullness that affects the main organ responsible for digestion, the stomach that is localized in the upper abdomen. Symptoms that may accompany the condition are different, including acid indigestion, bad breath, heartburn and stomach pain, nausea and belching.

The causes that may induce a sense of heaviness in the stomach even in people who generally do not suffer from digestive problems are many. The causes may be: overly abundant meals, greasy or too seasoned foods, food difficult to digest, fast eating, endure the cold during digestion.

In most cases, heaviness in the stomach is a temporary discomfort that will usually stop independently or through a few simple behavioral interventions and / or pharmacological (antacids against burning, prokinetic can promote gastric emptying, analgesics). In some cases, however, especially if the condition occurs rather frequently, its onset may indicate more serious conditions (food allergies, gastrointestinal diseases, conditions affecting the digestion).


What kind of diseases can be associated with stomach heaviness?

The diseases that can be associated with the heaviness in the stomach are the following:

  • Food allergy
  • Calculations gallbladder
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gastritis
  • Indigestion
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Stomach cancer
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Peptic ulcer

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for stomach heaviness?

In general, the treatments that can help with the condition depend on the causes that originated it. Often if the disorder is transient, it can stop independently or through a few simple behavioral and / or pharmacological interventions. You should also avoid the consumption of certain foods (minimize, for example, the consumption of alcohol and fatty or highly seasoned) and take specific drugs (strictly on the advice doctor) including antacids against burning, prokinetic (can promote gastric emptying) and analgesics.

If the base of the condition is a physical disease, natural remedies can promote regression of the disorder. Digestive herbal teas or using tablets or candies with natural extracts that can make an improvement of gastric and digestive functions can help. It is good to remember that, although natural remedies help, it is always good to avoid "do it yourself" remedies and consult your doctor, especially if you already suffer from other diseases and / or medicines each day.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of stomach heaviness?

In case of already diagnosed illnesses (see list associated diseases).