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 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
- 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
Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals