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Signs Of Digestive Tract Paralysis (Gastroparesis)

Gastroparesis is a condition characterized by stomach paralysis. When this disorder is present, stomach motility will either be absent or abnormal. This means the contractions that push food through the stomach and into the small intestine are not as effective as they need to be. This can cause issues such as malnutrition due to the digestive system not being able to properly absorb nutrients from the food the stomach is not sufficiently pulverizing. It is common for patients to experience discomfort and the severity varies greatly. It is essential to know what symptoms might occur and what patients may be able to do to help calm them.

Nausea And Vomiting

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Since food is not properly digested, it tends to sit in the stomach and can lead to nausea. It is not uncommon for vomiting to occur several hours after someone eats due to regurgitation causing the undigested food to come back up. Nausea and vomiting may be alleviated with certain treatments aimed at it. For example, minimizing fatty foods and those with strong flavors might be beneficial. Patients may also benefit from making sure food is thoroughly chewed, so the stomach does not have to work as hard to digest it. Lastly, antiemetic medications may be considered. These medicines help calm nausea and reduce the severity and incidence to promote comfort, and to decrease the risk of the patient needing to vomit.

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