Paralysis of all or part of the stomach.
The main nerve (vagus) that travels from your brain to the stomach sends signals to process food. When the nerve is damaged, the squeezing action no longer occurs (or is hindered) in the stomach. As a result, food can sit in your stomach for days creating further issues.
Gastroparesis "GP" can be a result of nerve damage from whiplash in a car accident, certain prescription drugs if taken for too long or taken in large quantities (like pain medication), and certain viruses. Some people acquire GP from a surgery where the nerve is injured or cut. These are some of the ways to acquire gastroparesis, but research continues to look for more.
Most people experience abdomen pain, nausea, and early satiety (the feeling of getting full after a few bits of food). Fatigue, memory problems, and dizzy spells are also common. Because of limited digestion, hair loss and other issues with malnutrition and vitamin deficiency are very common.
First, the medical staff will attempt to figure out what CAUSED the Gastroparesis. The cause will determine what options are available to treat it. However, there are very few treatment options and very little is really known about the many different causes.
When a doctor can not figure out the cause the individual is labeled “Idiopathic” (meaning ‘unknown origin’). The patient will then be given a wide range of treatments to figure out what helps, such as antibiotics. Not everyone will experience the same GP symptoms, and with so many causes, and little medical study of Gastroparesis, the GP treatment to healing time can vary drastically.
Melissa "GP Fight" started blogging about her newly diagnosed condition (idiopathic gastroparesis) in 2013.
Topics ranged from tips for managing bloating and nausea to daily life and traveling with GP.
Here you will find a collection of the most popular blog posts.