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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

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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Gastroparesis, what to do?

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?

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

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What can someone with gastroparesis eat?

Liquids: There are different degrees of gastroparesis. Keep in mind, liquids empty faster than solids. Also fat and dairy slow down g.I motility and should be avoided.

There is a 3 stage gastroparesis that can be followed depending on the severity of the gastroparesis. ...Read more

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What are ways to diagnose gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis: The gold standard is a "gastric emptying study" done by nuclear medicine or radiology. An upper endoscopy can provide findings suggestive of gastroparesis. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for gastroparesis?

What is the best diet for gastroparesis?

EAT SMALL MEALS: Frequently, avoid hard to digest foods, drink sips of water every 1-2 bites and chew your food as much as you can. ...Read more

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What's the way people get gastroparesis?

Diabetes?: Although diabetes is the commonest reason, a low thyroid condition or any of several rare connective tissue (arthritis-type conditions) may cause this. Then, as always, there are the 'idiopathic' - also known as the 'unknown by current knowledge'... ...Read more

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Do gastroparesis diets help u get better?

Yes: Overtime yes the special diet gets you better and help the stomach empty better. ...Read more

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What tests do they use fore gastroparesis?

Test: The diagnostic test for gastroparesis is called gastric emptying scintigraphy. It's a 4 hours test.. ...Read more

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What are the complications of gastroparesis?

Malnutrition: Untreated gastroparesis can cause nausea, indigestion, and fullness or bloating. It can lead to weight loss and malnutrition. Gastroparesis can be caused by medications such as prescription pain pills. It can be a complication of diabetes, or occur on its own (idiopathic). There are medications which work in some patients, but treatment can be difficult. ...Read more

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How can I gain some wait with gastroparesis?

Try drinking more: Liquids that are rich in carbohydrates & protein e.g. Ensure, protein shakes, v8 fruits & veggies drink. Hope it works. Bless you! ...Read more

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I've just been diagnosed with gastroparesis?

Define gastroparesis: Gastroparesis means a stomach ('gastro") that's slow to empty ("paresis")--seen in diabetics, with ischemia, pancreatic cancer, after viral infection, post-surgery, with stomach pacemaker problems (yes, the stomach has a pacemaker!), & in systemic illness. The stomach normally empties liquids in 1-2 hours, solids 4-6 hours after meals. A gastric emptying scan measures stomach transit of test meal. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my gastroparesis go away?

Depends on cause: Gastroparesis (delayed emptying of the stomach) can be difficult to treat. If diabetic (most cases are), it may require medications to treat it and likely will not be curable. If due to scleroderma, it may be very difficult to treat. If a side effect of medications (such as narcotics), then stopping the medication (always after discussion with the prescribing physician) should cure it. ...Read more

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Which foods should you eat with gastroparesis?

Few here: Small meals 6 times a day may help. Fatty foods and oils will day gastric emptying even more. Avoid fibrous fruits and vegetables, like oranges and broccoli because they may cause bezoars. Eat low fiber high fiber forms of foods, cooked fruits an vegetables not raw. ...Read more

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How much fat should my gastroparesis diet include?

How much fat should my gastroparesis diet include?

No set parameters: Consume a low-fat diet (without nondigestible fiber like fruits) and frequent, small meals. As minimal amount of fat as possible. Fat and fiber diet delays stomachs ability to empty fast. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a mild type of gastroparesis?

Diet modification: If it is only a mild case then follow a low fiber diet (also called a low residual diet) should be sufficient.

I have included a link from a reputable source regarding diet changes below:

http://www. Mc.vanderbilt. Edu/documents/digestivedisease/files/High_Fiber_Handout. Pdf
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Any advice on what's best to eat with gastroparesis?

Any advice on what's best to eat with gastroparesis?

High protein, lo fat: There are 3 main therapies:
1) small meals, 1 cup or less -- focus on high protein, low fat, low fiber foods. Skip the raw fruits & vegs
2) eat frequently and use supplements like boost, ensure, etc. To get more protein
3) take a motility medication like Erythromycin or Reglan (metoclopramide) (in us), or domperidone (other places).
Good luck! ...Read more

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Do I need to change my diet if I have gastroparesis?

Do I need to change my diet if I have gastroparesis?

Yes: You should eat more frequent, smaller meals and should eat a low fat, low fiber diet. ...Read more