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Know the basics

What is gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders?

Gastroparesis and Gastric Motility Disorders is a condition that stomach muscle spasms act unusually preventing ability of digesting food. When you have this disease, your stomach will normally contract and crush or bring food into intestine. Food can be formed into solid blocks which cause nausea, vomit and block in stomach.

How common is gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders?

Young and middle aged women often get idiopathic Gastroparesis and Gastric Motility Disorders. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Know the symptoms

What are the symptoms of gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders?

There may be some signs or symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

  • Flatulence and distention
  • Stomachache
  • Hypoglycemia or abnormal blood sugar levels
  • Nausea
  • Feel full after eating a few bites and anorexia
  • Lose weight due to lack of nutrients

There may be some signs or symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

You should contact your doctor if your symptoms last long and cannot relieve. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Know the causes

What causes gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders?

Causes of Gastroparesis and Gastric Motility Disorders are unclear. However, scientists said that gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders are caused by injured stomach control nerves. These nerves can be corrupted probably because you have diabetes or experience stomach operation.

In addition, abusing sleeping medicines, calcium inhibitions, chemotherapy drugs as well as endocrine or immune disease,… are also causes of  gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders.

Know the risk factors

What increases my risk for gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders?

There are many risk factors for (health condition), such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Abdomen or esophagus operation.
  • Infections (often caused by virus)
  • Some medications slow down digestive process like sleeping medicines.
  • Some cancer treatments such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy
  • Connective tissues diseases
  • Neurological disease, such as Parkinson or multiple sclerosis.
  • Hypothyroidism

There is no risk factor does not mean you cannot have the disease. These factors commonly occur and just for reference only. You should consult doctor for more details.

Understand the diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders diagnosed?

There are some tests to diagnose the disease:

  • Take a barium contrast in upper gastrointestinal and measure how barium passes through the stomach
  • Use upper gastrointestinal endoscopy to see whether gastro mucosal has any abnormality.
  • Breathing tests
  • CT

How is gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders treated?

Diabetes patients should control their blood sugar levels to reduce symptoms caused by gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders. You should divide your meals in one day and avoid eating fatty, fiber or solid food to improve digestion. If these treatments are not effective, doctors will prescribe abdomen muscles stimulant medicines such as metoclopramid (REGLAN) and erythromycin (Eryc, EES)

If you get nausea or vomit, doctors will prescribe antiemetics such as prochlorperazine (Compro), thiethylperazine and diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Unisom). If patients cannot absorb any food or drinks, doctors will take surgical procedure to place a tube feeding in intestines

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with gastroparesis and gastric motility disorders:

  • Follow doctor’s instruction, do not use medications without prescription or quit without doctor’s permission
  • Schedule re-examination to control development of symptoms as well as your heath condition
  • Control your blood sugar levels. You need to replace some diabetes medicines or insulin
  • Avoid fiber and fatty food. Fatty food includes vegetable fat, crackers, candies, snack, cooked food, butter, milk and cream. These foods will worsen your symptoms.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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