Gastroparesis is a medical condition in which the spontaneous movement of the muscles in the stomach does not happen normally. Under normal conditions strong muscular contractions push food through the digestive tract. In people affected with Gastroparesis the stomach’s motility is poor or does not work at all, which prevents the stomach from emptying fully. Symptoms are:
• Fullness after eating few bites
• Abdominal bloating and pain
• Changes in blood sugar levels
• Weight loss and malnutrition
HOW IS GASTROPARESIS DIAGNOSED?
For diagnosing Gastroparesis, the General Physician or an Urologist will first conduct an examination and have the blood sugar levels checked. But a more reliable diagnostic test for this condition is Barium X-ray test. Gastric manometry and Electrogastrography are other specialized tests to detect Gastroparesis.
HOW IS GASTROPARESIS TREATED?
Treatment of gastroparesis depends on the severity of the person’s symptoms. In most cases, treatment does not cure gastroparesis, which is usually a chronic, or long-lasting, condition. Gastroparesis is also a relapsing condition—the symptoms can come and go for periods of time. Treatment helps people manage the condition so they can be as comfortable and active as possible. Changing eating habits can sometimes help control the severity of gastroparesis symptoms. Several prescription medications are available to treat gastroparesis. A combination of medications may be used to find the most effective treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though Gastroparesis is not a life threatening problem it does hamper your everyday activity and recurrence of the same could be a potential warning sign of cancer.