August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month!

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Gastroparesis is also called delayed gastric emptying. The term “gastric” refers to the stomach. Gastroparesis is characterized by the presence of certain long-term symptoms together with delayed stomach emptying in the absence of any observable obstruction or blockage. The delayed stomach emptying is confirmed by a test. Gastroparesis is a long-term condition that can impair quality of life and well-being. Living with gastroparesis affects not only those who suffer but also many others, especially family members and friends. It also touches on relationships in the classroom, in the workplace, or in social interactions.

stomach ache imageAccording to Mayo Clinic (2019) gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But if you have gastroparesis, your stomach’s motility is slowed down or doesn’t work at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly.

It takes skills and strengths to deal with a challenging digestive condition like gastroparesis. It means being a kind of active researcher, always looking for what does and does not help, hurt, and work best. It is important to understand the condition and to advocate for better health. If you or a friend or loved one has gastroparesis, it is also important to understand that you are not alone with this diagnosis. Join the discussion with others affected by gastroparesis through IFFGD.

IFFGD (International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders) works to focus attention on important health messages about gastroparesis diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life issues. The goals include improving understanding of gastroparesis to help patients and families manage the condition, and encouraging preventive strategies.

Note: Health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before you start or change any regimen including diet, medications or exercises.

References

https://aboutgastroparesis.org/

https://aboutgastroparesis.org/living-with-gastroparesis/gastroparesis-awareness-month/

Mayo Clinic (2019). Gastroparesis. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gastroparesis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355787

 

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