Gastroparesis is a medical disorder that affects the motility or the normal movement of the muscles in the stomach. In order for the food to move through the digestive tract, the abdominal muscles will contract. This is called motility. In gastroparesis, it’s the motility that doesn’t work at all, or sometimes just slows down which results in the stomach not emptying properly.
There are certain medications that can affect the motility of the abdominal muscle. Examples are opioid pain relievers, some types of antidepressants, allergy medications and high blood pressure. For those individuals who are already diagnosed with gastroparesis, these medications can make their condition worse.
Because gastroparesis interferes with the normal digestion, it will usually cause nausea and vomiting. It can also cause problems with blood sugar levels and nutrition. There is no specific cause of gastroparesis, however, the condition can be attributed mostly as a complication of diabetes and as an aftereffect after surgery. There is no clear treatment for gastroparesis. In fact, there is no known cure for the condition. But changes to diet and lifestyle, along with proper medication can offer some relief.
The following are some of the common symptoms experienced by the affected individual with gastroparesis.
- Acid Reflux
- Abdominal bloating
- A feeling of fullness after eating just a few bites
- Vomiting food that is undigested but eaten a few hours earlier
- Pain in abdomen
- Lack of appetite
- Weight loss and malnutrition
But it’s important to know that some individuals with gastropareses may not be seen with any noticeable signs and symptoms.
There is no known cause of gastroparesis. But the damage to the nerve that controls the stomach muscles, the vagus nerve, is known to cause the motility.
If you think you are suffering from Gastroparesis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Gastroparesis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).