Do you have gastroparesis?
Are you experiencing chronic nausea, vomiting, or abdominal discomfort that medications and lifestyle changes don’t seem to control? You may have gastroparesis.
Typical symptoms include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain
- Feelings of fullness after only a few bites of food
- Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Lack of appetite
- Excessive weight loss or gain
What is gastroparesis?
Gastroparesis is a medical condition that causes food to digest more slowly than normal.
In a healthy digestive system, strong muscular contractions move food from the stomach through the digestive tract. But with gastroparesis, the stomach muscles work poorly or not at all—preventing the stomach from emptying properly.
Gastroparesis has several causes, including type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, post surgical complications and other causes, but in many cases, the cause is unknown.
Impact of gastroparesis
Over time, the chronic nausea, vomiting and discomfort caused by gastroparesis can lead to low blood sugar, malnutrition and more.
But if you’re living with gastroparesis, you know that the pain and discomfort is about more than malnutrition or missing meals—it’s about feeling like you’re missing out on everything else.
Although the journey to diagnosing gastroparesis can feel long, finding answers is possible.
Diagnosis is based on a complete medical history, physical examination, and tests that may include:
- Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
- Gastric Emptying Test (GET)
- Gastroduodenal manometry
- Electrogastrography (EGG)
Because there are many causes, it’s important to speak with your doctor about other medical conditions or medications that may cause symptoms similar to those of gastroparesis.
The information provided on this site is for general educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for your individual situation.
MKT-D-0003, Rev I
Enterra Therapy for treatment of chronic, resistant to medication nausea and vomiting associated with gastroparesis caused by diabetes or an unknown origin in patients aged 18 to 70 years: patients should always discuss potential risks and benefits of the device with their physician.
Authorized by Federal law for use in the treatment of chronic intractable (drug refractory) nausea and vomiting secondary to gastroparesis of diabetic or idiopathic etiology in patients aged 18 to 70 years. The effectiveness of this device for this use has not been demonstrated. What does this mean?