Indigestion, Nausea & Vomiting

Beverly Hills Digestive Disorders

Indigestion, nausea, and vomiting can be normal, but they can also be signs of an underlying cause, like internal inflammation in the GI system. Certain medications can cause nausea and vomiting and they can also be a sign of another, non-GI illness.


Indigestion is a common condition where a person has an uncomfortable, full feeling after a meal. Many people also feel pain or burning with the feeling of fullness. Indigestion is often a symptom of an underlying GI condition including acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis, ulcers, or gallbladder disease.


Nausea is described as a state where a person feels queasy and sick to the stomach. Nausea is often the symptom experienced before vomiting, but not everyone vomits when feeling nauseous. The causes of nausea include emotional stress, pregnancy, motion sickness, stomach flu, cancer, medications, brain injuries, gallstones, gastroparesis, cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, infection, or intestinal blockage.


Vomiting is the elimination of the contents of the stomach through the mouth. It can be involuntary or voluntarily. The common causes of vomiting are:

  • pregnancy,
  • emotional stress,
  • motion sickness,
  • stomach flu,
  • food poisoning

Vomiting will generally go away on its own. However, vomiting can also be a sign of more serious conditions such as a gallstones, concussion or brain injury, cancer, gastroparesis, stomach or small bowel ulcers, cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, or an intestinal blockage.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Center for GI Health can generally make a diagnosis after a physical examination and a review of the patient's history, lab tests, imaging (x-ray/CT scans), EGD/upper endoscopy, or a gastric emptying study. The treatment for these conditions depends on the underlying cause. Treatments often include anti-nausea medication, diet and lifestyle modifications. Occasionally, a procedure or surgery may be necessary.

To learn more, contact our Beverly Hills gastroenterologist today at (310) 657-4444.

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