Gastroparesis Awareness Month
Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the stomach empties very slowly. This delay can result in bothersome symptoms that interfere with a patient’s life. Gastroparesis most often occurs when the nerves to the stomach are damaged or don’t work properly. Diabetes is the most common cause of gastroparesis. It can also occur after stomach surgery for other conditions.
The symptoms of gastroparesis most often occur during and after eating a meal. Symptoms may include:
- Feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Vague stomach pain
- Weight loss due to a decreased appetite
Diagnosis is by a doctor who will perform a physical exam and some tests. Treatments are aimed at managing symptoms long-term. This involves one or a combination of dietary and lifestyle measures, medications, and/or procedures that may include surgery.
The number of people with gastroparesis appears to be rising, yet it is poorly understood. More community awareness is needed about the condition. The more we work together to raise awareness for gastroparesis, the greater our ability to impact positive outcomes, such as additional research and improved patient care for the functional GI and motility disorders community.
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