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What should I do if I am losing a lot of weight from gastroparesis?

What should I do if I am losing a lot of weight from gastroparesis?

Liquid supplements: Since gastroparesis tends to mainly affect solid food emptying, try to add more calories in the form of liquid supplements such as boost and ensure. ...Read more

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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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I have gained a lot of weight with gastroparesis. How can I lose the weight?

I have gained a lot of weight with gastroparesis. How can I lose the weight?

Weight gain: First thing would be to get the gastroparesis under control. Then, like with all weight loss plans, a sensible diet and exercise regimen may help. ...Read more

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I have severe gastroparesis and am fed via j-tube. Despite getting enough calories according to Gi, I am still slowly losing weight. What do I do?

I have severe gastroparesis and am fed via j-tube. Despite getting enough calories according to Gi, I am still slowly losing weight. What do I do?

Increase calories: J tube feeds require elemental feedings, which have been pre digested. You either are not absorbing your nutrients, or not getting enough of them. Speak with your GI doc to discuss your concerns and get proper feedings. ...Read more

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How can I get Domperidone for gastroparesis in the U.S. (NY)?

How can I get Domperidone for gastroparesis in the U.S. (NY)?

Compounding pharmacy: Some of your local pharmacies that routinely compound medications may be able to obtain it for you with a doctor's prescription. Good luck-- ...Read more

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What is gastroparesis?

What is gastroparesis?

'Relative paralysis': The stomach does not empty effectively. There are a number of common causes - especially diabetes, hypothyroidism. But medication side effects can mimic this condition too. Sadly, treatment can be difficult. Avoid regular (daily) use of Metoclopramide as the body develops tolerance to it and possible side-effects from regular use can be devastating. ...Read more

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Gastroparesis, what to do?

Diet: Small frequent meals, low in fat. Drink plenty of fluids control your sugars if you are diabetic get your thyroid checked ...Read more

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How common is gastroparesis?

How common is gastroparesis?

See below:: Only one single study has assessed the prevalence of gastroparesis. Based on clinical records, about 30 per 100, 000 persons will have sought medical attention for gastroparesis with an increasing prevalence with age. H.-k. Jung, r. S. Choung, g. R. Locke iii et al., “the incidence, prevalence, and outcomes of patients with gastroparesis in olmsted county, minnesota, from 1996 to 2006, ” gastroenter. ...Read more

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How is gastroparesis treated?

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. ...Read more

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Can gastroparesis come and go?

Yes: Or patients with at least symptomatic gastroparesis may have periods of being asymptomatic and other times have symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I treat gastroparesis?

Treat Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis means a slow-emptying stomach. Causes may be mechanical (obstruction, or the stomach outlet narrowed from healing of past inflammation, treated by endoscopic dilation), post-inflammatory (due to swelling of the stomach lining from ulcers, treated with acid blockers), or neurologic (as with diabetes, treated with rx that stimulates motility--domperidone, erythromycin, reglan, (metoclopramide) zelnorm). ...Read more

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Can you explain gastroparesis?

Can you explain gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis is a condition in which food does not progress down the GI tract. It remains undigested in the stomach where it can cause symptoms like gas, bloating, nausea, and reflux among others. Gastroparesis can happen after surgery for a short period of time or this can be a chronic condition from having diabetes for a long time. ...Read more

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How do you treat gastroparesis?

Depends on severity: You can eat smaller meals more frequently. Avoid fatty foods. Consult a gastroenterologist regarding medical treatment, pending severity of your symptoms. ...Read more

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How is gastroparesis diagnosed?

Gastroparesis Dx: The 'gold standard' is a radiology study called a 'gastric emptying study'. That being said, certain conditions identified during upper endoscopy can be diagnostic. For example a large bezoar - a mass of undigested food (typically) is usually diagnostic. ...Read more

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How do you treat gastroparesis?

Multiple approaches: Gastroparesis patients have delayed or slow stomach emptying. We can treat them with medications that increase the motility of the stomach and also by dietary management like small, frequent meals, low fat diet, low insoluble fibre diet. Also keeping an eye on hydration and drinking enough fluid. ...Read more

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How can I live with gastroparesis?

Small meals: Small frequent meals, low in fat. If you are diabetic, control you sugars. Medications are available to alleviate symptoms ...Read more

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Can gastroparesis go away on its own?

Typically not: Usually requires medical or surgical treatment. Many cases are due to effects of diabetes. Some are 'idiopathic.' in any event, it does not usually resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gastroparesis?

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. ...Read more

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How are gastroparesis symptoms managed?

Lifestyle/meds: Some simple lifestyle modifications can help with gastroparesis. These including eating smaller, more frequent meals that are easier to digest. If this does not work, medications like Erythromycin have been shown to be most effective in improving motility, of course, fixing the underlying cause is best. If you are diabetic, best management of the diabetes with a target a1c of 6 is ideal. ...Read more