Gastroparesis

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Gastroparesis (GP) is a disorder where the stomach is either partially or fully paralysed which impacts its ability to empty and food passes slowly through the gastrointestinal tract. This is believed to occur when there are problems with the nerves and/or muscles that control how the stomach functions. This can also impact the metabolism of medications. 

Symptoms

Heartburn

Vomiting

Nausea

Weight Loss

Loss of appetite

Stomach/Abdominal Pain

Feeling full quickly when eating

Diagnosis of GP includes tests such as endoscopy, barium-ray swallow test, gastric emptying scan and/or wireless capsule test. Gastroparesis can rarely be cured so treatment is focussed on managing the symptoms. This can include dietary changes, medications, gastroelectrical stimulation, surgery, botox injections and/or feeding tubes. 

Digestive issues are quite prominently found in conjunction with Ehlers-Danlos. Connective tissue is found in the gastrointestinal tract and the nerves around it. It's suggested the connective tissue defects from EDS can impact the digestive tract. 

References: https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/information/gastrointestinal-problems-in-hypermobile-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-and-hypermobility-spectrum-disorders/