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How long can post viral gastroparesis last for and what are the best treatments

How long can post viral gastroparesis last for and what are the best treatments

Hard to know: The condition can be short-lived but can also last for years unfortunately. Eating smaller more frequent meals help. There are not too many fda-approved drugs for this condition and most have side effects. Try to be patient and good luck.

Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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Gastroparesis (Definition)

A condition where the stomach is not able to empty its contents as effectively, but there is ...Read more


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Is it possible to make a 100% recovery of post-viral gastroparesis without remission? I am aware it may never go away and will atleast last very long.

Is it possible to make a 100% recovery of post-viral gastroparesis without remission? I am aware it may never go away and will atleast last very long.

Great possibility: You should seek out an integrative doctor who is knowledgeable about functional medicine to help you with repairing your gut and improving your overall recovery.

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How long can I expect diarrhea to last after my gallbladder surgery 3 days ago? I also have gastroparesis.

How long can I expect diarrhea to last after my gallbladder surgery 3 days ago? I also have gastroparesis.

Diet-Related: App 1 in 5 people will develop diarrhea after undergoing gallbladder surgery. This is usually precipitated by fatty-food intake. Most of the time, the diarrhea will resolve within a few weeks (to-months) after surgery. In the rare case that it does not resolve, this can be managed with medication.

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Long term prognosis for idopathic and complete gastroparesis?

Long term prognosis for idopathic and complete gastroparesis?

Usually forever: Gastroparesis is a slowing of the motility of the stomach and therefore a slowing of it's emptying. Often idiopathic (no clear cause), but can be part of disease, such as diabetes, systemic sclerosis, or after gastrectomy. Once nerves to stomach are interrupted, may not return. Suggest: eat 4-5 smaller meals daily, eat slowly, relaxed, chew fully, drink water. Certain meds may help. Consult c GI doc.

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How long do patients with gastroparesis stay on medication?

Depends: I would assume that depends on the cause of gastroparesis. If this is acute and self limited due to a viral illness then that should resolve in days to weeks. If it is related to a chronic condition then that may depend on how well controlled the chronic condition may be (i.e. diabetes). Sorry but cannot give you a definitive answer

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

Depends: This depends mostly on what the cause of the gastroparesis is. If it is due to diabetes, your ultimate outcome mostly depends on how well you control your blood sugars. If you do well, your disease is unlikely to progress. Good luck.

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How long does it typically take for dietary changes to make a difference in my gastroparesis symptoms?

Immediately: If you are eating small, low-fiber meals, you should notice less pain with eating at that time, because stretching of the stomach causes the pain of gastroparesis. So you should notice pain (or lack of it) while you are at the end of your meal.

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What causes episodes of gastroparesis when you have Bulimia? And how long does it take to stop happening after you recover?

What causes episodes of gastroparesis when you have Bulimia? And how long does it take to stop happening after you recover?

Medical supervision: Please see your doctor, such symptoms may need medical supervision to avoid complications.

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How long does it take for bethanechol to work for gastroparesis?

Here are some. ..: Theoretically, it's sound and "yes" to bring a hope, but in reality, it would be more "no' than "yes" for it merely stimulates parasympathetic nerve, not to help restore the physical deficiency created by aging, illnesses, and lifestyles. So, ask the doc who suggests its use. Likewise, this drug have been used for bladder with high expectation, but resulting in mixed result at best.

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How safe is reglan (metoclopramide)? Used for long term gastroparesis.

How safe is reglan (metoclopramide)? Used for long term gastroparesis.

Risky: Maximum recommended duration of Reglan (metoclopramide) use is 12 weeks. It's because of the increases risk with the long term use including extrapyramidal side effects such as tardive dyskinesia, which is an involuntary movement disorder.

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How long before eating should I take domperidone 10 mg for post viral gastroparesis for optimal results?

30 minutes (or more): You need to find out how long it takes your body to start to absorb the medication -- usually that's about 30 minutes, or more, depending on your degree of gastric emptying. If your gastric emptying is 0-15% at 2 hours, consider taking it an hour before; 15-30% - 45 minutes, and 30%+ 30 minutes should work out well. Good luck! I've had gastroparesis for 9 years, so I can truly sympathize!

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I have gastroparesis which has also caused chronic gastritis w/ reactive gastrophy? What is reactive gastrophy? What happens w/ reactive gastrophy in the long term?

I have gastroparesis which has also caused chronic gastritis w/ reactive gastrophy? What is reactive gastrophy? What happens w/ reactive gastrophy in the long term?

Gastroparesis: Do you have underlying diabetes? If so controlling diabetes will reveal some of your symptoms. Under guidance of your GI specialist, you may want to try metaclopramide, Erythromycin or even a gastric pacemaker if you the right candidate. Reactive gastritis is due to some offending event or substance. Can be controlled by avoiding the offending agent like alcohol or coffee, spices/ antacids help.

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Can't eat any types of meat or lettuce. Diag w/ gastroparesis in 07'. Last empty. Study done standing. Was norm. Is this the rt. Way to do test? Gravity?

Yes: The right way to do the study is to replicate the way you would normally eat. People eat in an upright position. And those with gastroparesis should especially avoid lying down for a couple hours after eating. We aren't interested in seeing what happens if someone lies down immediately after eating. We want to see if the problem exists even when a person is eating correctly. Good luck.

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Can gastroparesis come and go? Had an emptying study done last year and at 4 hours my stomach was 96% empty, but some food feels like it stays for hours

Gastroparesis: Gastric motility can vary and you may not have true gastroparesis but may have some delayed gastric emptying after ingesting certain foods. Fatty and greasy foods are notorious for causing delayed gastric emptying.

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My son has been hospitalized with diabetic gastroparesis 5 times in the last two years and has constant cramps and nausea; any hope of a recovery?

My son has been hospitalized with diabetic gastroparesis 5 times in the last two years and has constant cramps and nausea; any hope of a recovery?

Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, and follow up care.

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How long after stopping bydureon (exenatide) should nausea and gastroparesis end? Should I discuss reglan with md?

Weeks: Bydureon (exenatide) takes many weeks to start working, and also many weeks to get out of your system once you stop it. It will make gastroparesis worse. Reglan can be of some benefit in people with gastroparesis, but it has side effects after you have been on it for some time.

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Can you have gastroparesis long term after treatment for testicular cancer with etoposide and cisplatin chemotherapy? What do you do for this if so?

Not related: Gastroparesis is an ill defined entity of unknown cause. So I would not worry about it. Symtomatic treatment to control your acidity or anorexia may help. Do you have a gastroenterologist treating you for this problem?