What is gastroparesis?
Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But if you have gastroparesis, your stomach's motility is slowed down or doesn't work at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly.
The cause of gastroparesis is usually unknown. Sometimes it's a complication of diabetes, and some people develop gastroparesis after surgery. Gastroparesis can interfere with normal digestion, cause nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
Although there's no cure for gastroparesis, changes to your diet, along with medication, can offer some relief.
Signs and symptoms of gastroparesis include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain
- A feeling of fullness after eating just a few bites
- Acid reflux
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Lack of appetite
- Weight loss and malnutrition