Indigestion

Synergy Medical -  - Internal Medicine Provider

Synergy Medical

Internal Medicine Providers & Primary Care Physicians located in Livonia, MI

There are few things worse than sitting down to a meal only to get the pain and burning feeling of indigestion just after you start eating. It may be just a one-off, or your indigestion may be a symptom of a more serious problem. Hetal Gandhi, MD, of Synergy Medical in Livonia, Michigan, can help you identify the source of your indigestion. Call or book your appointment online today.

Indigestion Q & A

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What is indigestion?

Indigestion is a common ailment that often indicates that there’s another problem occurring in your body. Each person experiences indigestion a little differently, but common symptoms include:

  • Feeling full soon after beginning a meal
  • A lingering feeling of fullness well after a meal
  • Abdominal pain
  • Burning feeling in the upper abdomen  
  • Bloating in the upper abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Belching or feeling gassy
  • Diarrhea

Indigestion isn’t a serious problem in itself, but it may be an indication of digestive tract issues, such as:

  • Pancreas inflammation
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Intestinal blockages
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Ulcers
  • Celiac disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastritis

Dr. Gandhi recommends that you not take chances with indigestion symptoms, as a heart attack sometimes causes indigestion-like symptoms. If you have shortness of breath, sweating, or pain that spreads along your jaw, neck, or arm, seek medical attention immediately.

How is indigestion treated?

First, Dr. Gandhi may run blood tests, take X-rays of your stomach or small intestine, or perform an endoscopy to look inside your stomach to rule out any underlying conditions. Once she has a handle on your issue, she may recommend medications and lifestyle changes.

Medications

These may include drugs to reduce stomach acid, antibiotics to combat bacteria, or prokinetics if your stomach empties too slowly.

Lifestyle changes

Once you know more about why you’re experiencing indigestion, you can make changes to reduce your risk factors. This might include avoiding spicy food, cutting down on alcohol and caffeine, managing stress, exercising, losing weight, and eating smaller meals.

When should I see a doctor about my indigestion?

Sometimes indigestion goes away on its own. If your symptoms continue, it’s best to make an appointment with Dr. Gandhi. Be particularly watchful for any of these signs:

  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Abdominal pain

There are more than 35 conditions associated with indigestion and related symptoms like diarrhea, Dr. Gandhi can help sort through your symptoms, diagnose your issue, and get you back to feeling your best. Book an appointment online or call today.