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What is Gastroparesis?

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Gastroparesis

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.

 

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