Gastroparesis in Arizona
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What is gastroparesis?
Gastroparesis is a condition that impacts the muscles in the stomach that help propel food through the digestive system. In a healthy individual, muscle contractions help move food out of the stomach but in an individual with gastroparesis, these muscle contractions are slowed or stopped completely. The exact cause of gastroparesis is at this time unknown, but several risk factors for the condition include viral infection, use of certain medications like narcotic pain relievers, underactive thyroid, diabetes, and previous GI tract surgery. The possible complications of gastroparesis are malnutrition, dehydration, bezoar (hardened food mass) formation, and erratic blood sugar changes. These conditions can be life-threatening when untreated. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with or suspects you may have gastroparesis, then it is vital that you locate a gastroenterologist to help treat and alleviate your condition as soon as possible. You can find a provider through Arizona Digestive Health. We have GI doctors that address gastroparesis in Phoenix, AZ.
What are the symptoms of gastroparesis?
Signs and symptoms of gastroparesis include the following:
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- A rapid feeling of fullness after eating very little
- Vomiting undigested food sometimes hours after eating
- Decreased appetite
- Acid reflux
Gastroparesis can lead to dangerous malnutrition and dehydration, and it is important that you seek care when you are aware of signs of a problem. You can find a gastroenterologist who can assist with gastroparesis in Phoenix, AZ. Please reach out to Arizona Digestive Health to request a consultation with our providers.
How is gastroparesis treated?
The ideal treatment for your gastroparesis will depend partially on the exact cause of the condition, the severity of symptoms, and your response to the treatments that are available. Some of the possible treatment solutions include:
- Lifestyle and diet modifications
- Medications to stimulate the muscles in the stomach
- Medications to control vomiting
- Installation of a feeding tube
- Parenteral nutrition (also called intravenous nutrition)
- Gastric electrical stimulation
Treatments are aimed at improving symptoms and overall quality of life. Your designated treatment path will depend on your specific condition. Contact a provider at Arizona Digestive Health and request a consultation to learn more about treatments available to you. Our providers include gastroenterologists with experience treating gastroparesis in Phoenix, AZ.
Managing gastroparesis with a GI specialist
If you have gastroparesis or suspect you may have gastroparesis, then managing your nutritional intake and your troubling symptoms may drastically reduce the overall quality of your life. A provider at Arizona Digestive Health can assist in creating a treatment path that may be beneficial to your overall wellness. As partners with the nation's largest physician-led network of gastroenterologists, we aim to provide patient-centric care that operates with leading research on innovative treatment paths. You can find an expert gastroenterologist through our location in Phoenix, AZ.
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