Indigestion Specialist

Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Flatiron, Gramercy, New York, NY

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 Q & A

What is Indigestion?

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.

What are the Symptoms of Indigestion?

Common symptoms of indigestion include:

  • Discomfort or a burning sensation in your upper abdomen
  • Feeling uncomfortably full after a meal
  • Feeling full too quickly while eating
  • Bloating

What Causes Indigestion?

Indigestion may be a symptom of a more severe problem in your digestive tract, such as:

  • Acid reflux
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gallbladder inflammation
  • Gastritis
  • Celiac disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach cancer
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Peptic ulcers

You can experience indigestion even without an underlying medical condition. Certain lifestyle factors may trigger it, including:

  • Overeating or eating too quickly
  • Eating fatty, greasy, or spicy foods
  • Smoking
  • Anxiety
  • Drinking too much alcohol or caffeine

How is Indigestion Diagnosed and Treated?

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:

  • Laboratory tests
  • Stool samples
  • Endoscopy
  • Imaging tests, such as an X-ray or CT scan

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.