August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month
Gastroparesis (Gp) is paralysis of the stomach. When someone with Gp eats and drinks, the food/liquid sits in the stomach causing pain, nausea, and vomiting. The objects can stay in the stomach for hours to days. Many complications can occur because of this.
There is no cure for Gp. There are many different treatments depending on how severe the Gp is:
•Central line for TPN
Presently, research is being conducted for a total gastrectomy (removal of the stomach) as a possible ‘cure.’ The downside of this surgical treatment thus far is many patients still have to have a feeding tube for supplemental nutrition.
People with Gp live different lives. During the month of August (and all throughout the year) as you eat your dinner, remember those who can’t.