Also referred to as delayed gastric emptying, Gastroparesis is a condition that is characterized by your stomach not getting emptied fully. This is usually a result of damage to the vagus nerve that regulates the digestive system. The common symptoms include GERD or heartburn, nausea, vomiting, bloating, weight loss, and poor blood sugar levels.
HOW IS GASTROPARESIS DIAGNOSED?
Gastroenterologists may evaluate your symptoms while diagnosing Gastroparesis. Endoscopy of the upper GI tract and imaging tests like CT scan and MRI help diagnose Gastroparesis. A gastric emptying study and a breath test are prescribed for confirming diagnosis.
HOW IS GASTROPARESIS TREATED?
Treatment for the same includes Reglan (metoclopramide) taken before eating, Erythromycin given post eating along with other Antiemetics that are basically drugs for controlling the nausea. The combination of these drugs along with lifestyle and diet changes helps in treating the same.
DID YOU KNOW?
Gastroparesis affects digestion and blood sugar levels.