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Treatment for Gastroparesis at GI North

photo of a woman in bed with stomach painApproximately five million people in the United States are afflicted with gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach delays emptying its contents due to poor or nonexistent muscle contractions. There are a number of circumstances that can cause this condition. These causes include viruses, parasitic infections, medications, surgery, Parkinson’s disease, lupis or diabetes. Furthermore, it can be a problem based in the muscle tissue or the nervous tissue; primarily the vagus nerve, which is responsible for the action of the stomach muscles. More importantly, this condition can wreak havoc on the digestive system, and unfortunately, there is no cure. It can cause malnutrition, irregular blood sugar levels, vomiting and nausea. For those with diabetes, the risk is greater, because it causes steep fluctuations in blood sugar. The loss of appetite, chronic nausea and vomiting also increase the incidence of malnourishment. Another risk is food sitting within the stomach and becoming hard or fermented. For some, the symptoms are so severe that it greatly impacts their quality of life, making them miserable. However, with proper diet, medication and skillful management by a knowledgeable medical team, those who suffer from it can lead a more normal life.

An important and easy step that patients can take toward gastroparesis self-help is to modify the diet. Eat many small meals a day, rather than several larger meals. High fiber foods should be avoided or eaten with the fiber removed. Foods high in fat should also be avoided, as this delays digestion. Well-cooked or pureed foods and foods with a simple carbohydrate structure are suitable. No matter what foods are eaten, they should be chewed as thoroughly as possible. Eating ginger or drinking ginger tea promotes digestion and eases nausea. Drink plenty of liquids while eating, as well. Visceral massage manipulates the stomach muscles, which promotes gastric emptying. Likewise, acupuncture aids in gastric emptying while it helps many patients find relief from nausea. Finally, mild exercise after eating, such as walking, can help aid digestion.

GI North Gastroenterolgy Services is expertly equipped to manage the condition on an individualized and compassionate basis. They understand that although patients share similar symptoms, every patient is unique and deserves special attention. An explanation of how they diagnose and treat this condition can be found on their website. In addition to gastroparesis care, GI North offers a full range of services and procedures that provide cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and healing. They can address any digestive complaint, condition or disease. GI North provides outstanding care to the Cumming, GA community, as well as Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Suwanee, Dawsonville, Canton and the surrounding areas. There is no need to continue living with gastric health issues! Contact GI North today at 404-446-0600, and start living life again.

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