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Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis  or delayed gastric emptying is a digestive disorder in which the motility of the stomach is either abnormal or absent. People who are suffering from gastroparesis experience nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, feels full soon after eating , bloating and weight loss also can occur  due to poor absorption of nutrients, or less calorie consumption. Diabetes is the most common cause of gastroparesis.

If your doctor suspects you to have gastroparesis , you might need need to have 1 or more of these tests.

Upper Endoscopy: An upper endoscopy or EGD is examining the inside of your stomach through a thin tube with a light at its tip, which is inserted through your mouth down your throat into your stoamch. It allows the doctor to see the inside of your stomach. If there is food present in your stomach after 8 after since you ate ,that is a sign that you might have gastroparesis.

Barium follow through CT scan or MRI:  For these tests you eat a special substance called barium that can be seen on the Imaging study. This can show if there is something blocking the flow of flood , keeping it from leaving your stomach.

Gastric Emptying study:

For this test you eat food that has a small amount of  a radioactive material in it. Then images are taken of the inside of your body for upto 4 hours. That way , doctors can follow where the food goes and how fast it gets there. If you still have a fair amount of food in your stomach after 4 hours , that means you have gastroparesis.

Diet changes

You might feel better if you:

  • Eat 4-5 small meals during the day instead of 2-3  big ones
  • Put food through the blender before eating it
  • Cut down fried foods and fatty foods like cheese
  • Cut down foods that have insoluble fiber such as some fruits , vegetables and beans
  • Avoid soda as they can cause more bloating and gas
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • If you have diabetes it is important to keep your sugar as close to normal as possible.

Do you need treatment for Gastroparesis? Call Gastroenterology Institute of Orlando, FL at 407-201-3686 to learn more about treatment!


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