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Satiety - early

Satiety is the satisfied feeling of being full after eating. Early satiety is feeling full sooner than normal or after eating less than usual.

Causes

  • Gastric outlet obstruction
  • Heartburn
  • Nervous system problem that causes delayed stomach emptying
  • Stomach or abdominal tumor
  • Stomach (peptic) ulcer

Home Care

Follow your health care provider's advice.

  • A liquid diet may be helpful.
  • You may need to keep a detailed diet log. This is a place where you write down what you eat, how much, and when.
  • You may be comfortable if you eat small, frequent meals rather than big meals.
  • A diet high in fat may worsen the feeling.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your doctor if:

  • The feeling lasts for days to weeks and does not get better.
  • You lose weight without trying.
  • You have dark stools.
  • You have nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, or bloating.
  • You have fever and chills.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The doctor will examine you and ask questions such as:

  • When did this symptom begin?
  • How long does each episode last?
  • What foods, if any, make the symptoms worse?
  • What other symptoms do you have (for example, vomiting, excessive gas, abdominal pain, or weight loss)

Tests that may be performed include:

Alternative Names

Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals

References

Tack J. Dyspepsia. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 13.

Update Date: 10/13/2013

Updated by: George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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