Gastroparesis

Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

BY: The News Voice

Gastroparesis means partial paralysis of the stomach, the disease where the stomach can't empty itself of food in a normal way.

This is a common condition in people with diabetic history. In non-diabetic people, the condition may relate to acid flux.

Symptoms include heartburn, nausea, vomiting and feeling full quickly when eating.

This is caused by nerve injury, including the damage to vagus nerve. Other causes includes viral infection, medications like anti depressants.

Your doctor can diagnose through a physical examination or some blood tests. Other tests include 4 hour solid gastric emptying study, SmartPill.

Gastroparesis is a chronic condition, means there isn't a solution but you can keep it in control. Some patients benefit from medications.

Consuming liquid foods such as soups, or puree foods helps in easy digestion.

You should also avoid foods high in fat and fiber and take small, numerous meals.

For more severe cases, consult your doctor on how to proceed further.