Have you ever heard of Gastroparesis? I’m sure your guess consists of something related to the gut, but it is actually a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. Generally, 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. Gastroparesis is sometimes treated with medications, such as opioid pain relievers, some antidepressants, and high blood pressure and allergy medications, and can lead to slow gastric emptying or cause similar symptoms. For people who already have gastroparesis, these medications may make their condition worse. Gastroparesis can interfere with normal digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and cause problems with blood sugar levels and nutrition. The cause of gastroparesis is usually unknown. Sometimes it's a complication of diabetes, and some people develop gastroparesis after surgery. Although there's no cure for gastroparesis, changes to your diet, along with medication, can offer some relief. If you feel that you may have Gastroparesis or a similar condition, call us today and make an appointment to see your doctor.
With healthcare open enrollment upon us, and changes to yearly healthcare plans starting January 1st, it’s more important than ever to choose your primary care physician. As a patient, it’s important to find a physician that fits your needs. Finding a primary care physician is the first step toward managing your health. Your primary care physician is the center of your medical health. It is your medical home for most medical needs, whether it’s a sports physical, routine women’s wellness exam, or place to go when you have a sore throat. “Your doctor”, your primary care physician is the person you can speak to about your health questions and concerns. They get to know you, and if necessary can refer you to a specialist if they aren’t able to make the perfect recommendation. No matter how long you plan to see your primary care physician, it’s an important decision to make. They are there for you when you need them, and they know you and your body when it needs medical care. Contact us for more information on becoming a patient and make one of our wonderful doctors your primary care physician today.