Gastroparesis is a medical term for the condition related to the improper functioning of the stomach, or, more precisely, the condition when the muscles in the wall of the stomach do not work the way they are supposed to. The result of their poor functioning is inappropriate emptying of the stomach that provokes a number of other problems.
Causes and symptoms of gastroparesis
The nerve that controls the muscles in the stomach is called vagus nerve, and it is believed that this condition is the result of its damage. However, in some cases, it is not possible to determine the cause of gastroenteritis and it is not clear what lead to this condition. Most frequently, the signs that might indicate this condition are bloating in the abdominal area, heartburn, loss of appetite, loss of weight, and the feeling that the person has eaten enough, even though they have only eaten a few bites. Sometimes gastroparesis may cause nausea and vomiting, or even affect the level of blood in the sugar. So, in case a person feels one or even more than one of the symptoms mentioned here, a doctor should be consulted, because none of them, if they are really related to gastroenteritis, will disappear on their own. On the other side if ignored, these problems may cause other problems or even complications such as the overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach, due to the fact that food remains there longer than it is normal or the formation of bezoar in the stomach when undigested food turns into hardened solid mass. The reason why bezoar may be a life-threatening complication is the fact that it blocks food from going to the small intestines and the food has to accumulate.
Treatment and cure for gastroparesis
There certainly are medicines that can help in relieving some of the symptoms of gastroparesis, but there is no medicine or surgery procedure that can cure this condition permanently. The available medicines may control nausea and vomiting, or stimulate the muscles of the stomach but the patient should bear in mind that some of them might have much more disadvantages than advantages. Sometimes, a simple change in diet and eating habits may prove to be helpful but the cases in which this is enough to make the condition tolerable are very rare. Severe cases in which medications aren’t of help will probably require a surgery which will help in improving the functioning of the stomach.