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does gastroparisis get better over time?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Unfortunately, no: If anything, it can tend to worsen somewhat over time. You should establish a good relationship with a GI dr, as will need progressive assistance in managing this successfully.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How is gastroparesis treated?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Dietary first: Unfortunately there is no great treatment for gastroparesis, if there is an underlying cause, such as diabetes blood glucose control may help. Best management options would be dietary changes. Medications are limited by poor efficacy and side effects (i.e. Reglan). Occasionally a gastric pacemaker can be placed, but this is a new technology so limited experience.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How long do patients with gastroparesis stay on medication?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Long: Mind you the cause matters when answering this question, gastroparesis is usually long term therapy illness, most times lifelong.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the risks associated with gastroparesis treatment?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Depend on medication: Unfortunately the medical treatment for gastroparesis is limited both in terms of efficacy and safety profile. Macrolide antibiotics has been associated with QT prolongation. Cisapride is no longer available in the US b/c of sudden death. Reglan (metoclopramide) has the potential for devastating neurologic side effects. Domperidone has fewer side effects but not approved for use in the US.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of gastroparesis?

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Dr. Anthony Starpoli
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Nausea and vomiting: Gastroparesis is a delay in the emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine. Patients will feel full early when they begin eating. The condition is seen in diabetes, low thyroid function, viral infections and may occur as a result of certain medications. The diagnosis is confirmed by a nuclear medicine gastric emptying study. Small, multiple, low fat meals are a preferred diet.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the long-term outcome for patients with gastroparesis?

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Dr. Andrew Gentry
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Depends on cause: Depends on the cause related to diabetes good blood sugar control will help stop progression but not eliminate symptoms. Idiopathic may or may not get better and regular clinical follow up is needed. Post infection or symptoms after gastrointestinal infection usually gets better after several months.

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