Is gastroparesis a progressive condition? Will symptoms worsen over time?
If the information in this video resonated with you, here are some ways to put it into action…
- Talk with your doctor about possible reasons for your gastroparesis, if you are not aware of the cause. Being a well-educated patient is the first step in being an empowered patient. (Keep in mind that in over 1/3 of cases, no cause can be identified despite extensive testing. This is known as idiopathic gastroparesis.) In some cases, better managing the underlying condition (dysautonomia/POTS, for example) may help alleviate GP symptoms. If you’re taking a medication that’s known to delay gastric emptying, speak with your doctor about alternatives and/or a plan to evaluate the effect over time.
- Follow a nutrient-rich, gastroparesis-friendly diet to prevent additional/prolonged digestive problems due to nutrient deficiencies and/or bacterial overgrowth. Some resources that may help:
- Implement a comprehensive gastroparesis management plan that includes supportive lifestyle practices, stress management, and a focus on coping/support, in addition to dietary modifications and appropriate medical treatment to help with symptom management. Some resources to help:
- When Diet & Drugs Aren’t Working (video)
- Evaluate Your Management Plan (blog post/worksheet)
- Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis: Answers, Advice, Tips & Recipes for a Healthier, Happier Life (book)
- The Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis Group Program (starts March 7th)