Gastroparesis is a condition in which your stomach takes longer than normal to empty. The prevalence of gastroparesis is difficult to estimate, but statistics show that about 1.5 million Americans suffer from severe gastroparesis. This condition occurs in 20 to 50 percent of patients with diabetes.
Acute gastroparesis may be caused by drugs, viruses, electrolyte disturbance, or postoperative ileus. Chronic causes include diabetes, GERD, endocrine disturbances, achalasia, anorexia nervosa, and some cancers.
Gastroparesis symptoms include heartburn, early satiety, flatulence, nausea/vomiting, belching, bloating, and upper abdominal pain or discomfort, especially after eating. Complications of gastroparesis include malnutrition, dehydration, and bezoar formation. A bezoar is a solid mass of indigestible material that accumulates in your digestive tract, often causing blockage.
Diagnostic studies inc to measure stomach emptying and diagnose gastroparesis, such as scintigraphy, antro-duodenal manometry, upper endoscopy, ultrasound, barium beefsteak meal, and barium X-ray. Medical treatment facilitates gastric emptying, suppresses nausea, and barium gastric electrical stimulation.
Dietetic recommendations include:
Foods to try:
You can start with this list and expand it based on your tolerance.
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Karen Alexander, BSND, MSCN