Mercy Gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi Discusses Treating Stomach Upset

February 13, 2012
Mercy gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi

Mercy gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi

Unless you're lucky enough to have an iron-clad stomach, chances are you've probably had your share of tummy aches over the years.

Doctors say that's a common problem caused by various reasons, starting with what people put on their plates.

According to gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy, sometimes it's food that triggers an upset stomach.

"Obviously, spicy foods are going to do it. Greasy, heavy, fatty foods and oily foods tend to slow down the emptying of the stomach and tend to cause more discomfort of the stomach," he said. "And citrusy foods you always have to be careful with -- things like orange juice or anything else that's kind of acidic."

Dr. Desi warned that if stomach pain continues, it's important to see a doctor to rule out a serious problem.

"Is there something else going on that this is a common occurrence? Some of those things may wind up being ulcer disease, gastritis or stomach cancer, which are less common. You want to make sure that that's not one of the cases, or any other digestive maladies that may be masking or mimicking themselves as an upset stomach," he said.

Stress also plays a part. That's why some people can enjoy foods that normally upset their stomachs when they're relaxed and on vacation.

Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

Dan Collins, Senior Director of Media Relations

Email: Office: 410-332-9714 Cell: 410-375-7342

About Mercy

Founded in 1874, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated medical facility named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters with a national reputation for women’s health. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine as well as the $400+ million, 20-story Mary Catherine Bunting Center. For more information visit Mercy online at, Facebook, Twitter or call 1-800-MD-MERCY.

News and Events