Gastroparesis - Symptoms

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What are gastroparesis symptoms and signs?

The primary symptoms of gastroparesis are nausea and vomiting. Other symptoms of gastroparesis include bloating with or without abdominal distension, early satiety (feeling full quickly when eating), and in severe cases, weight loss due to a reduced intake of food because of the symptoms. Abdominal pain also is present frequently though the cause of the pain is unclear. Reduced intake of food and restriction of the types of food that are eaten can lead to nutritional deficiencies.

The vomiting of gastroparesis usually occurs after meals; however, with severe gastroparesis, vomiting may occur without eating due simply to the accumulation of secretions in the stomach. The characteristic vomiting happens several hours after a meal when the stomach is maximally distended by the presence of food and secretions stimulated by the meal. Since the grinding action of the stomach is absent, the vomited food often contains larger pieces and is easily recognized. (Contrast this with the more common type of vomiting in which the food appears as small, uniform, unidentifiable particles.)

Other, less frequent effects of gastroparesis are the promotion of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and malnutrition.

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Comment from: MedicalIssues2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I belched what seemed like all of the time for the first month, now that's lessened to after I eat or drink. I can feel bloated and have no appetite if I've eaten too much earlier in the day. I haven't vomited since my diagnosis of gastroparesis, and rarely feel nauseous.

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Comment from: rapingpeterpan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I had a viral infection and was sick for a week. After the sickness went away I had a stomach ache which led to vomiting; lots of vomiting. I threw up or gagged every 30 seconds for four months. Every 30 seconds! I could not eat, sleep, watch TV, leave my house, or anything. I lived with my head in a bucket 24 hours a day, seven days a week for four long months. I hoped for death often. I was in and out of hospital, hooked up to IVs. My red blood cell count was through the roof and I really thought I was dying. Then I finally got the correct diagnosis of gastroparesis (they insisted it was acid reflux despite my protests to the contrary). I was on metoclopramide but it made me so groggy the symptom was worse than the disease. Then came domperidone and the horrendous headaches. The vomiting has calmed down but the bloating is such I can't fit into any clothes and have no money to buy a new wardrobe. I cannot work or play and have zero quality of life. Research says I might have this forever. If that happens, suicide is a viable option for me as this is existing, not living.

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