The condition of Gastroparesis is related to the most important organs in the digestive system of human body: The stomach, which is a muscular sac about the size of melon and expands when we eat or drink, to hold the food or liquid as much of a gallon. Once the stomach crushes out the food then the spontaneous strong muscular contractions pushes the food toward the pyloric valve leading to the upper portion of the small intestine, called duodenum. When these spontaneous movements of muscles (motility) do not function properly or their muscular contractions become weak then it leads to a condition called Gastroparesis. In this condition, your stomach’s motility starts working poorly or not at all which prevents the stomach to empty properly thus, interfering the normal process of digestion. There is no known cure for Gastroparesis but dietary changes and certain medications can help manage the symptoms and offer relief from them.
Here’s what you need to know about the symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, diagnosis and treatment for Gastroparesis.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GASTROPARESIS?
The Gastroparesis symptoms can be mild or severe and they include:
- Upper abdominal pain and swollen abdomen
- Abdominal bloating
- Feeling fullness after eating very little
- Vomiting undigested food
- Loss of appetite
- Malnutrition and weight loss
- Changes in blood sugar level
Immediately book an appointment with the doctor if you have any of these signs and symptoms that also worry you and your daily activities.