Gastroparesis Awareness Ribbon
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.
Loss of appetite
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. Gatroparesis 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. Intestinal motility issues may also occur with Gatroparesis or in isolation.