Functional dyspepsia is a pain, indigestion, or an upset stomach that does not have an apparent cause on endoscopy, such as an ulcer. Instead, it is caused by a functional abnormality, where the muscles or nerves that control the digestive organs are not working properly. You may have pain or burning in your upper abdomen, belching, nausea, bloating, and sometimes vomiting, especially after eating. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our digestive care specialists understand how functional dyspepsia can impair your quality of life. We perform the testing needed to determine what is causing your symptoms and then tailor a personalized regimen of care to help you feel better.
Your Healthcare Team
Your team includes gastroenterologists, nurses, and others with the experience to diagnose and treat functional dyspepsia. They may also work with other specialists at the hospital to find ways to help manage stress or quit smoking—factors that can make your symptoms worse.
Making a Diagnosis
We use several tests to see if your digestive tract is working properly, such as gastric-emptying tests or motility studies. Because certain medications may cause dyspepsia as a side effect, we will also ask you about any medications you are taking.
Treating Functional Dyspepsia
Your doctor may prescribe medications that suppress stomach acid production (H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors), stomach muscle relaxers, or low doses of certain antidepressants. You may also benefit from stress management techniques such as yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, and biofeedback. If you smoke, we can help you quit.
NewYork-Presbyterian offers stress management and lifestyle optimization services through our Integrative Health and Well-being program. Our therapies can help to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and relieve your symptoms