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Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a condition in which one's stomach cannot empty itself of food normally. This is due to the damage to the vagus nerve, which regulates the activities of the digestive system. A damaged vagus nerve prevents the muscles in the stomach and intestine from functioning, preventing food from moving through the digestive system properly.

The causes of Gastroparesis include:

• Gastric surgery with injury to the vagus nerve
• Parkinson's disease
• Multiple sclerosis
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Medications such as narcotics and some antidepressants

The signs and symptoms of Gastroparesis include:

• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Abdominal bloating
• Heartburn or Gastroesophagel reflux
• Lack of appetite
• Weight loss and malnutrition
• Changes in blood sugar levels
• Feeling full after eating a few bites

This condition is a chronic condition which means that the treatment usually doesn't cure the disease but there are steps one can take to control it. Treatment options include making changes in the diet, medications and surgery.

Contact your doctor immediately if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you!