Satiety is the satisfied feeling of being full after eating. Early satiety is feeling full sooner than normal or after eating less than usual.
- Gastric outlet obstruction
- Nervous system problem that causes delayed stomach emptying
- Stomach or abdominal tumor
- Stomach (peptic) ulcer
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:
Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals
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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.