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?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a gastroenterology expert who would do an ultrasound, Gastric manometry, Barium X-ray or even upper endoscopy.
HOW IS GASTROPARESIS TREATED?
The treatment for Gastroparesis is a stretched one and will involve a combination of oral medication that can help the contraction of the stomach muscles and help making the food move along. There are also many modifications in the dietary habits suggested by the doctors to split the meals to ensure that the quantum of food in the stomach is less and one can maintain good control of blood sugar levels.
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.