What is gastroparesis? Here are its causes, symptoms and some vital tips for tackling it.
What is Gastroparesis? It can be termed as a disease wherein the stomach cannot empty itself of food in the usual way as this condition tends to impact the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. But if you have gastroparesis, then you will be shocked to know that your stomach's motility is slowed down or doesn't work at all, thereby not allowing the stomach from emptying properly. Thus, the food staying for a more extended period in your stomach when it should not be bothersome and problematic. Do you exhibit symptoms such as heartburn, upset stomach, feel full quickly after eating, or even tend to throw up that undigested food? Beware, then! You may be suffering from Gastroparesis. Yes, you have heard it right! Consult your doctor immediately if these symptoms bother you. Read on to learn more about this condition.
Below are the symptoms of Gastroparesis
Suppose you are one of them who showcase symptoms such as (GERD) gastroesophageal reflux disease or even heartburn, vomiting undigested food, upset stomach, bloating, feeling of fullness immediately after eating, nausea, poor appetite, trouble in managing blood sugar level, unintentional weight loss, and even abdominal pain. In that case, you will have to visit your doctor immediately and seek medical attention. Tests include gastroscopy and radionuclide gastric emptying studies.
Causes of Gastroparesis
The specific cause of this disease is not known, but it is believed that diabetes can be the culprit behind this. Did you know? This condition tends to damage your nerves along with the vagus nerve that is responsible for regulating your digestive system and even individual cells that are present in your stomach.
The following are the complications of this condition: Are you aware?
The food/diet that stays in the stomach for a more extended period can promote the growth of bacteria by getting fermented. Food left in the gut can harden into a solid mass known as bezoar. Do you know that bezoars can cause blockages in the stomach that keep food from passing into the small intestine? Not only this, but people with gastroparesis may also suffer from dehydration and malnutrition.
The medication may vary from body to body, depending on how severe his or her condition is. One will be prescribed antibiotics, drugs, or injections to manage this condition. Remember that you should not self-medicate by opting for over-the-counter medication as doing so can be risky.
Dr Roy Patankar, leading Gastroenterologist & Director of Zen Multispecialty Hospital, Chembur, Mumbai shares some vital tips for tackling this condition
- If you are suffering from gastroparesis, then see to it that you follow some lifestyle modifications by embracing good eating habits. Try to take small frequent meals.
- You must avoid eating raw and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Even eating fibrous fruits and vegetables is a strict no-no.
- Try to include liquid-based foods such as soup and puree in your diet.
- Say yes to foods that are low in fat and bid adieu to fizzy drinks.
- Don't lie down immediately after eating food.
- Stay hydrated by drinking enough water, and this will also help keep dehydration at bay.
- Walking can be a good option. Make sure to exercise after every meal.
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