why do you gain weight with gastroparesis
Gastroparesis, also known as delayed gastric emptying, is a health condition in which ingested food does not empty from the stomach at the normal rate, causing uncomfortable feelings of fullness and possibly more severe symptoms. Often, the exact cause of gastroparesis is unknown, however, many risk factors may directly or indirectly contribute to gastroparesis, including weight gain. If you suspect you have gastroparesis, consult your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options. In many cases, the precise cause of gastroparesis is unknown, but often involves disruption in the nerve signals that trigger emptying of the stomach. Nerve signals can be disrupted by many different diseases or health complications. Known risk factors for gastroparesis include eating disorders, stomach surgery, autoimmune diseases, hormonal imbalances and diabetes, explains the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. While weight gain by itself is not a known risk factor for gastroparesis, weight gain is a major risk factor for diabetes.
When you gain excess weight, the extra fat issue can interfere with how your body responds to insulin, leading to insulin resistance and diabetes, explains MedlinePlus, an online resource of the National Institutes of Health. As a result, weight gain can indirectly lead to gastroparesis by contributing to diabetes. Unintentional weight loss is one of the symptoms of gastroparesis. When the stomach does not empty normally, the body may have trouble absorbing enough calories and nutrients to maintain a healthy weight, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. Malnutrition and unpredictable changes in blood sugar may also result from gastroparesis. Most treatments for gastroparesis typically involve treating the underlying health condition that is causing the gastroparesis. Changes in diet may also help control the symptoms, such as choosing low-fiber and low-fat foods; eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day; and drinking plenty of water, recommends MayoClinic. com.
Mild, low-impact exercise after meals, such as walking, may also help. For severe cases of gastroparesis, surgery or prescription medications may be necessary.
Yes I am also one of the few who can actually gain weight with gastroparesis. I can also lose. It's really weird. It's upsetting too because when I lose weight the doctors take me seriously and if I say I gained 10 pounds they think ''well he's eating quite a bit so he must be fine''. I'm not fine. My GP is probably not the worse. I am nauseated 24/7 but not so badly that I can't eat. I got used to it I guess. I get a major pain attack twice a week at least (GP pain in my stomach area and it's really BAD PAIN). It usually happen 10 hours or so after I ate. I can feel whatever food is in my stomach still there and the pain begins. I usually take another Domperidone and some percocets for the pain.
I've been offered stronger drugs but I can't because I get really itchy. But ya. I do eat normal regular food when I'm not in pain and if I eat too much of it or certain foods that I shouldn't eat (like corn it's a killer for me), I will get a pain attack. I don't vomit much. I had an episode where all I did was vomit for 2-3 weeks and I lost 17 pounds but I don't usually throw up. Add chronic fatigue on top of it all and you have someone who is able to eat most of the time and who doesn't move much. You can't get anything but a weight gain. It doesn't make my constant nausea (even if it's not horrible nausea) less annoying or my extreme pain attacks (they are really bad) less painful. Still, doctors like my GI doctor only seem to measure my GP with my weight. It drives me crazy. Of course I feel horrible for those who vomit all the time and can't gain weight because they can't even eat solids.
I'm not in any way saying that they have it better. They have it differently. We all deal with the hand we were dealt. I have 4 other diseases on top of the GP. Thank god my GP isn't worse or I don't know how I would deal. Every time I get a pain attack it feels like the longest time of my life waiting for it to go away. Yet, it's never enough for me to go on a 100% liquid diet. I do have problems with food (I was anorexic as a teen. Then I became a binge eater/bulimic/. I also am an emotional eater. It feels like what I put into my body is one of the last few things that I can control in my life at the moment so I do make a big deal out of it. AKA: Food for me has a ton of emotional issues on top of physical due to the GP. Obviously those emotional issues are strong because I do keep eating even if I know that it will cause major pain. Not asking for pity by the way. Just explaining how my weight gain happens with my GP.
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