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Medical Procedures and Treatments for GP

Treatments for GP

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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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New Device to Help Gastroparesis Patients (video)

Imagine if you couldn’t even eat a sandwich without getting sick to your stomach…that’s what happens to patients with gastroparesis, which paralyzes the stomach so it can’t function normally.  There’s no known cure, but a new kind of device gets it pumping to help patients beat the nausea.

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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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