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 recommendations. A liquid diet may be helpful. A detailed diet log (recording what was eaten, how much, and when) may be needed. Small, frequent meals may be more tolerable than large, less frequent 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:

  • Complete blood count and blood differential to check for anemia
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Stool tests for bleeding
  • X-rays studies of the stomach, esophagus, and small intestine (abdominal x-ray and an upper GI and small bowel series)
  • Stomach-emptying studies

Alternative Names

Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals