Gastroparesis

Monday, October 07, 2013

Gastroparesis is a weak stomach. This condition is very common and can be the cause of a number of abdominal complaints. Dr. Ed Hill tells us more about gastroparesis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Gastroparesis is a condition in which the muscles in your stomach dont function normally. It is usually caused by nerve damage from diabetes.

For someone with gastroparesis, the muscles in the wall of your stomach work poorly or not at all. This prevents your stomach from emptying properly. Gastroparesis can interfere with digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and cause problems with blood sugar levels and nutrition. Sometimes, you get too much bacteria in your stomach or food collects in your stomach and causes blockages.

The symptoms vary, but can include heartburn, nausea, vomiting and feeling full sooner than normal. You might eat less because eating may make you feel uncomfortable. You could feel bloated, lose weight or have trouble keeping your blood sugar steady.

There is no cure for gastroparesis. Making changes to your diet may help you cope with gastroparesis signs and symptoms, but thats not always enough. Gastroparesis medications may offer some relief, but some can cause serious side effects.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.