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"Gastroparesis literally means “paralysis of the stomach.”  It is a motility disorder in which the stomach muscles, controlled by the Vagus Nerve, fail to contract and move food from the stomach into the intestines at the proper rate.  Under normal conditions, the stomach is only a brief stop on the digestive journey, where food is broken down into small pieces by contracting stomach muscles in preparation for further digestion in the intestines. This process is slowed in those with gastroparesis, and food remains in the stomach for abnormally long periods of time."1

"Gastroparesis occurs when the nerves to the stomach are damaged or don't work. Diabetes is the most common cause. Other causes include some disorders of the nervous system, such as Parkinson's disease and stroke, and some medicines, such as tricyclic antidepressants, calcium channel blockers, and opiate pain relievers. This condition can also be a complication of gastric surgery.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of gastroparesis are:

  • A feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Food coming back up your throat, without nausea or vomiting.

Gastroparesis may be suspected in a person with diabetes who has upper digestive tract symptoms or has blood sugar levels that are hard to control."2

 

1. http://www.healthstorycollaborative.org/gastroparesis.html

2. http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/tc/gastroparesis-topic-overview#1

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