by Doyinsola Adeyemi
Do you know that there is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from your stomach to small intestine, even when there is no blockage in the stomach or intestine?
Naturally, strong muscular contractions should spontaneously push food through your digestive tract, however, when this process is slowed or prevented, one can be said to be suffering from gastroparesis.
The most common symptoms of gastroparesis are vomiting, nausea, abdominal bloating or pain, lack of appetite, weight loss and malnutrition.
Apparently, the cause of gastroparesis is usually unknown but it is sometimes as a result of a complication of diabetes and damages done to the vagus nerve; the nerve that controls the stomach’s muscles. Medical experts reveal that this nerve is often damaged during surgery on the oesophagus or stomach.
Certain drugs such as narcotics, antidepressants, opioid pain relievers and allergy medications have also been discovered to damage the vagus nerve.
So, you may want to ask; Is there a cure to gastroparesis? Sadly, there is no cure for gastroparesis but it can be managed. The first step to managing gastroparesis is by changing your diet, then consult your doctor regularly. Gastroparesis patients are also advised to eat frequently and keep hydrated at all times.
In addition to these, anyone suffering from gastroparesis is advised to avoid or reduce; alcohol intake, and smoking tobacco.
Of course, as we earlier stated, these steps do not cure the ailment in question, but can only reduce the pain of the symptoms, enhance your well-being and help improve your quality of life medically.