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Information in general related to Gastroparesis

Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE)

Those with Gastroparasesis have to experience many Endoscopies in their lifetime which involves having a tube crammed down your throat while under anesthesia.  You might want to ask your doctor about TNE for your next test.

Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE) is a technology that allows for examination of the esophagus, the swallowing tube between the throat and stomach, without the patient being put to sleep. Most commonly, this is done to check for cancer and other esophageal disorders. Indeed, the technology has changed. Doctors can now look inside while patients are awake, comfortable, and without pain, using TNE.

More Information:

TransNasalEsophagoscopy.com – Safe, Comfortable, Awake and Minimally-Invasic Endoscopy

UW HealthQuestions and Answers on TNE

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GP Forum on MedHelp

This is a forum on Gastroparesis on MedHelp.

A particular post helped my husband a little bit:

Standing upright and moving around after a meal helps a little with Gastric  emptying.  Also someone said that lying on the right side after a meal can help.  Others get some relief by using a rocking chair after a meal.  It’s all worth a try.

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GP Defined

Gastroparesis Defined by the Mayo Clinic

Gastroparesis is a condition in which the muscles in your stomach don’t function normally. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But in gastroparesis, the muscles in the wall of your stomach work poorly or not at all. This prevents your stomach from emptying properly. Gastroparesis can interfere with digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and play havoc with blood sugar levels and nutrition.

There is no cure for gastroparesis. Making changes to your diet may help you cope with gastroparesis signs and symptoms, but that’s not always enough. Gastroparesis medications may offer some relief, but some can cause serious side effects.

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Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization

John Travolta donates to this Organization!  Each page has loud music and the site is hard to read due to a dark background but it is filled with great Gastroparesis Info!!!

It is such an honest site and they say it like it is!!!  Below are some examples.

How will I know when I have a GP flairup?

“Think of the worst flu or stomach virus you have ever had, now times that by 100 then add the feeling after Thanksgiving day dinner when you had more than a few extra helpings followed by extreme fatigue that lasts more than a few hours.”

Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization

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Your Signature is needed

Move forward on and pass Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 842)

Gastroparesis affects approximately 5 million Americans. It is a disease that affects the vagus nerve which controls the digestive system. Gastroparesis is a chronic disease which slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestines, with no known cure and few medications that may help with some of the symptoms. Most physicians do not know about this disease, let alone be able to treat this disease. This petition is to show that there is great need to get the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act passed so those of us with the disease can get the help we need before this disease wins us over.

Click to Sign the Petition

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GP info. from NDDIC – vagus nerve damage

 National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) information on Gastroparesis.
“Gastroparesis can occur when the vagus nerve is damaged by illness or injury and the stomach muscles stop working normally. Food then moves slowly from the stomach to the small intestine or stops moving altogether.”
This is is exactly what happened to my husband and there is no cure or way to fix Vagus Nerve damage.
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Gastroparesis Complications

Complications of GP from Puristat.

Diabetes and blood sugar fluctuations:

While delayed gastric emptying doesn’t cause diabetes, the disorder can make diabetes worse by making blood sugar levels more difficult to control. Inconsistent food absorption and unpredictable stomach emptying can cause erratic changes in blood glucose levels, in turn worsening both diabetes and gastroparesis.

Malnutrition and weight loss:

Delayed stomach emptying can affect the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients, leading to malabsorption problems and unwanted weight loss.

Bacterial overgrowth and bezoars:

Food that stays in the stomach too long can cause bacterial overgrowth from the fermentation of food, and disrupt gut flora balance. Stagnation can lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), also referred to as small bowel bacterial overgrowth (SBBO).

Conditions that interfere with muscular activity in the small intestine allow bacteria to stagnate and multiply in the small intestine. The lack of muscular activity may also allow bacteria to spread backwards from the colon and into the small intestine.2

SIBO is a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria are present in the small intestine. Normally, the types of bacteria within the small intestine are different than those within the colon. With SIBO, the types of bacteria present resemble colonic bacteria rather than those normally present in the small intestine.

Undigested food can also harden into a bezoar, a solid mass that can be likened to the hairballs that develop in cats. This may cause nausea, vomiting, and can be life-threatening if they prevent the passage of food into the small intestine.

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Treatments for GP

Visit the following pages on my site  for more information on the research I have done on the treatment of GP:
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~ Medical Procedures for GP ~

Below is a popular list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Gastroparesis.  Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in diet if you have GP.

Prescriptions: Erythromycin although an antibiotic, it also helps digestion (didn’t work for my loved one though), Domperidone and Antiemetics – to avoid vomiting.

Diet changes:  Smaller meals, liquid meals, low-fat diet, low-fiber diet

Other Medical Procedures:

  • Endoscopic injections – for bezoars
  • Feeding tube (jejunostomy tube) – a tube directly into the intestine bypassing the stomach; severe cases only
  • Intravenous feeding (Parenteral nutrition) – severe cases only; often for temporary relief in hospitalization

 

 

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GP and Disability

This forum recently had information on Gastroparesis being a chronic debilitating disease for which many people are disabled from.

Click Here to go to the Forum: Help I have Gastroparesis

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Is Organic Milk Better for Your Family? (Dr. Oz Mag)

I read a great article in Doctor Oz Magazine but can’t locate it on his site www.doctorozmag.com.  It was titled “Is Organic Milk Better For Your Family?” – article by Chrisite Aschwanden

Organic farming is better for the animals and the earth.  If you are concerned about toxins then buy organic milk for peace of mind.  Non-organic milk can have Growth Hormones, Antibiotics and Pesticide residue and is less nutritious.

Some people with Gastroparesis only drink organic milk but others have extreme dairy allergies or intolerance due to Gastroparesis.  We prefer the dairy-free regular milk since it digests well but the taste of organic milk to me is much better than non-organic or dairy free.

It’s worth noting that Raw Milk which has no pasteurization can cause you to get sick 150 times more likely than drinking pasteurized milk.  This is according to the CDC.  It’s best to not give children or those that are ill with digestive problems any Raw Milk.

 

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