August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month, which is dedicated to improving understanding and management of the disease.
What is Gastroparesis?
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.
Signs & Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of gastroparesis may differ among persons with the condition. Symptoms usually occur during and after eating a meal.
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain
- A feeling of fullness after eating just a few bites
- Vomiting undigested food eaten a few hours earlier
- Acid reflux
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Lack of appetite
- Weight loss and malnutrition
The treatment for gastroparesis in an individual depends on the severity of symptoms. Treatments are aimed at managing symptoms over a long-term. Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you.
Living with Gastroparesis
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.
A registered dietician can help you understand and meet your diet and nutrition needs.
Note: Health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before you start or change any regimen including diet, medications or exercises.
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