Indigestion, also called dyspepsia or an upset stomach, describes discomfort in your upper abdomen. Indigestion is not a disease, but rather symptoms. Although common, it can be a symptom of digestive disease, especially if symptoms are persistent.
Signs and symptoms of indigestion/dyspepsia may include:
Mild indigestion is usually nothing to worry about. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist for more than two weeks. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain is accompanied by:
Common causes of occasional or mild upset stomach include:
Sometimes, indigestion can be caused by digestive conditions, including:
A physical exam may be sufficient if your indigestion is mild and you're not experiencing other symptoms. If your symptoms began suddenly or are severe, or if you are older than 50, Northeast Digestive Health Center may recommend additional diagnostic tests and procedures, including: