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Are you at risk for gastroparesis?

medical illustration showing gastroparesis | GI NorthDelayed gastric emptying or gastroparesis is a condition that happens when the stomach takes too long to empty food into your small intestines. The disorder can be caused by an illness such as diabetes, lupus or other conditions. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, which typically includes bloating, nausea, vomiting and heartburn.

Moreover, gastroparesis can be a temporary reaction to something your body is dealing with. It can also be a long-standing and chronic condition.

Possible causes

Although there has been numerous research done, specialist do not know the exact cause of delayed gastric emptying. However, it is believed to be linked to nerve signals in the stomach that may be disrupted. It is thought that the vagus nerve may be damaged. The vagus nerve regulates the movement of food through the digestive tract. If the nerve becomes damaged it may causes slow digestion or no digestion at all.

Other possible cause s of gastroparesis includes muscle diseases, infections, medications and other conditions. On the other hand, the causes is often labeled as idiopathic which means the cause is unknown.

Are you at risk for gastroparesis?

When it comes to gastroparesis, there are certain health conditions that can make it difficult for your stomach to empty. In turn, the slowed digestion may increase your risk of developing gastroparesis. These risk factors include:

  • Infection
  • Parkinson’s
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)
  • Certain cancer treatments
  • An overactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia
  • Some medications that slows stomach digestion

Signs and symptoms

There are many signs and symptoms that indicate the possibilities of having gastroparesis. According to the Mayo Clinic, the signs and symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Acid reflux
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Pain in the Abdomen
  • Blood sugar level changes
  • Malnutrition and weight loss
  • Feeling full after eating just a few bites
  • Vomiting undigested food that has been eaten a few hours earlier

In addition, there are numerous people with gastroparesis that do not have any noticeable signs and symptoms whatsoever.

Seeing a doctor at GI North

If you suspect that you may have gastroparesis, it is highly recommended that you seek professional medical advice as soon as possible. Generally a gastroenterologist is an optimal choice for the best professional advice and diagnosis.

At GI North, gastroenterologists Dr. Simon Cofrancesco and Dr. Sergio Quijano are renowned for their expertise and outstanding patient care. The two physicians bring many years of knowledge to the clinic. Their specialties in diagnoses and treatment of digestive issues include gastroparesis, gastritis and other stomach issues. In addition, Dr. Sergio Quijano speaks fluent Spanish. Plus our exceedingly trained and professional staff is dedicated to offering the best quality in personal care and service.

For optimum convenience, GI North serves Cumming as well as the surrounding areas of Alpharetta, Dawsonville, Milton, Canton, Johns Creek, Roswell, Dahlonega, Duluth and Suwanee.

Note: This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about gastroparesis, make an appointment at GI North with Dr. Sergio Quijano, Dr. Simon Cofrancesco or an M.D. in your area.

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