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Norovirus And Gastroparesis
My 6 year old has gastroparesis. He just had a terrible case of norovirus. Is his stomach to blame? My 4 year old also had it. It wasn't near as bad.
New virus: No this new bug, the norovirus is reported to be a very virulent bug. My own wife was pretty ill from it. ...Read more
'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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gastroparesis Rx: Since fatty foods normally slow gastric emptying, we typically recommend a low fat diet with gastroparesis (slow emptying). Sweet, rich foods will also slow stomach emptying. Signs of delayed gastric emptying include early fullness, altered appetite, nausea and sometimes heartburn/vomiting. There are also medications available for the treatment of gastroparesis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complications rare.: Gastroparesis is a broad term to describe delayed gastric emptying and can result in a variety of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, early satiety, abdominal pain and bloating. There are rare adherent complications of and those most commonly occur as as a consequences of poor nutritional intake. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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