Prognosis & Living With
Most people with gastroparesis still have a normal life. There is a very favorable prognosis for gastroparesis, especially for acute types because they can usually be reversed by strict diet and by implementing measures to correct the condition. For example, people with inapt eating habits like those suffering from bulimia and anorexia, correcting those eating habits will help the digestive rhythm and contraction to normalize with relative ease. It should be noted that, most of the treatments seem to provide only a temporary benefit to gastroparesis patients.
For gastroparesis related to medication, it is usually corrected by stopping or changing the medication, although it is extremely important to consult the doctor before implementing these measures.
In gastroparesis cases that result from malignant tumors, early detection is important for a better prognostic result.
Patients suffering from gastroparesis should adjust to low residue and a low fiber diet with restrictions to fat and solid foods to enhance gastric emptying. It's critical to ensure a good nutritional status, because they usually suffer from malnutrition and weight loss due to deficient calorie, decreased appetite, vomiting, and inability to absorb nutrients from foods. The use of feeding tubes must also be observed. It is very important that individuals directly involved in care and management of the gastroparesis patient are properly taught about the feeding techniques.
For patients with diabetes mellitus, strict blood sugar monitoring is also instructed to the patient and caregiver because blood sugar may rise quickly due to unpredictable emptying of stomach contents. It is also advised to check with your doctors about other medications that may affect blood sugar, as there may be a need to adjust the dosage. Some doctors prescribe Viagra for treatment of gastroparesis caused by diabetes. Although it is mainly indicated to increase blood flow to the genital area, it also increases blood flow to other organs such as the gastrointestinal tract, thereby influencing its activity and contraction.
The use of Octreotide is still under scrutiny, clinical studies are being undertaken to prove its result in treating gastroparesis and other gastrointestinal related conditions. Although some research has proved its capacity to speed up gastric emptying, other areas are still being discussed like its possible side effects and other safety issues.
The other area being studied is the use of Electrical Gastric Stimulations. The technique is made by using electrodes that stimulate stomach contraction. While several people claimed that it relieved some symptoms of gastroparesis, it is still under investigation.Last Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2011