Gastroparesis may have a funny name, but it’s not a fun condition for those who suffer from it.

Gastroparesis slows or stops the way that food moves from the stomach to the small intestine, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Our stomach muscles normally break up food and move it through our gastrointestinal system; this allows us to digest our food. Gastroparesis happens when the vagus nerve in the GI tract is damaged, so our stomach muscles don’t work like they should. “Food then moves slowly from the stomach to the small intestine or stops moving altogether,” the NIDDK reports. Save & Exit

Gastroparesis Symptoms

So how do you know if you have gastroparesis? It has some specific symptoms you may experience, including

  • feeling full after eating just a little food
  • nausea
  • throwing up food after you eat it
  • stomach pain
  • bloating
  • acid reflux

If you have gastroparesis, you may find that certain foods trigger the symptoms more. This could include greasy or rich foods, high-fiber foods, or carbonated drinks.

Also, gastroparesis is more common in people with diabetes because high blood sugar levels can damage the vagus nerve. “Other identifiable causes of gastroparesis include intestinal surgery and nervous system diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis,” the NIDDK reports. Gastroparesis is more common in women.

If you suspect that you have gastroparesis, make sure to see a doctor. He or she will perform tests and ask about your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend certain changes to the way you eat, such as

  • eating several smaller meals throughout the day instead of three larger meals
  • chewing your food well
  • walking or sitting for two hours after a meal
  • avoiding high-fat, high-fiber foods

Your doctor also may recommend the use of a medication called domperidone to control your symptoms. If you have trouble findings domperidone at an affordable price, give Discount Med Direct a call. We offer domperidone at a cost savings compared to many other pharmacies.

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