Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bacterial Overgrowth Remedies

Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine is a relatively common condition for those with GP.  The overuse of antibiotics, antacids, and other medications can wipe out friendly intestinal bacteria.  These are some natural remedies for bacterial overgrowth.

  1. Low Carbohydrate Diet
  2. Peppermint Oil
  3. Probiotics/Digestive Enzymes

Additional Resources:

About.com Alternative Resources

HealthTap’s Low Carb. Diets and Gastroparesis

LiveStrong – Probiotics for Gastroparesis

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Acetyl L-Carnitine & Alpha Lipoic Acid

Acetyl L-Carnitine & Alpha Lipoic Acid have both been studied recently as an agent that impacts mitochondrial functions, which is thought to play a significant role in peripheral nerve injury related pain.  It can improve neuropathic pain, particularly stomach pain due to damage of the vagus nerve.*

Fish Oil / Omega 3 Fatty Acids have also been shown to have an integral role in the health functioning of nerves and showing improvement of painful symptoms of neuropathic pain.*

* Talk to your Health Care Provider about the recommended dosages and do your own online research.

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Abdominal Pain and Lidocaine

Here are some resources to help you explore if Lidocaine Injections or Mexiletine can be helpful for Abdominal Pain.

Local injection for selective abdominal wall pain patients can produce significant pain relief. The diagnosis of abdominal wall pain is an important component in avoiding unnecessary operations in patients with abdominal pain.

Efficacy of treating abdominal wall pain by local injection – from pubmed.gov

Mexiletine (Mexitil®), an orally taken form of lidocaine, was originally approved to treat irregular heartbeats, but sometimes is effective in the relief of chronic nerve pain. Mexiletine reduces pain by adhering to peripheral nerves and reducing pain signals carried from the peripheral nerves to the central nervous system and brain. Over time, as mexiletine bonds to the peripheral nerves, the feeling of pain is diminished. Mexiletine is being used experimentally to treat pain associated with different kinds of peripheral neuropathy. – From the Center for Peripheral Neuropathy 

Be sure to read about the warnings and side effects of  Mexiletine from  Medline Plus.

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Gastroparesis Facts

Gastroparesis Facts from the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization

Gastroparesis is a condition characterized by impaired transit of food from the stomach. There may also be a total loss of nerve and muscle movement in the stomach and intestines; therefore gravity continues the path for the food through the gastrointestinal organs. Patients may also be diagnosed with a more rare form of Gastroparesis called- Idiopathic Gastroparesis in which there is no known cause.

Gastroparesis is most commonly caused by diabetes, but can also be hereditary or occur as a result of surgery on the stomach or vagus nerve, viral infections, food poisoning, medications that slow contractions in the intestines such as anticholinergics and narcotics, gastric bypass, lapband, gastric sleeve surgery, smooth muscle disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, metabolic disorders, autoimmune disorders, chemo/radiation therapy, Bells Palsy syndrome, Ramsey Hunt syndrome, Mitochondrial disease, Scleroderma, MS/Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease, stroke, Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia.

Many people have what is called Idiopathic Gastroparesis, meaning the cause is unknown and cannot be found.

“GP Facts from the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization” Click to Read More

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