Indigestion is a common condition that can create extreme discomfort and affect your quality of life. Gastroenterologists Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD treat patients with indigestion in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of New York City at their practice, Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology. If you suffer from frequent bouts of indigestion or upset stomach, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.
Indigestion, otherwise known as dyspepsia or upset stomach, refers to discomfort in your upper abdomen. While indigestion isn’t a disease, it may be a sign of another medical condition related to your digestive tract. Chronic indigestion without an underlying disease is called functional dyspepsia.
About one out of every four Americans experience indigestion at least once per year, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Among those who see a gastroenterologist for indigestion, 75% receive a diagnosis of functional dyspepsia.
Common symptoms of indigestion include:
Indigestion may be a symptom of a more severe problem in your digestive tract, such as:
You can experience indigestion even without an underlying medical condition. Certain lifestyle factors may trigger it, including:
First, Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad perform a comprehensive physical exam and thoroughly review your medical history. They may use one or more of the following tests to determine the cause of your indigestion:
If there’s no medical cause for your indigestion, your doctor may diagnose you with functional dyspepsia.
Treatment depends on your situation. The team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology works with you to develop a treatment plan that not only addresses your indigestion but also promotes overall health. This may include changes to your diet, stress-reduction techniques to alleviate anxiety, and medication management.
Simple lifestyle changes, such as avoiding foods and beverages that trigger indigestion, can be highly effective in preventing future occurrences.
If you’re struggling with indigestion and want caring and professional medical treatment, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.