Signs and Symptoms
It is important to understand that many people with gastroparesis don’t show any observable signs or symptoms. However, if you are showing signs of the following symptoms, consult your physician:
- A feeling of fullness after eating just a few bites
- Vomiting undigested food eaten a few hours earlier
- Acid reflux
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Lack of appetite
Complications of gastroparesis
- Severe dehydration: Frequent vomiting can contribute to dehydration
- Malnutrition: Lack of appetite leads to low caloric intake, and results in an inability to absorb enough nutrients.
- Undigested food that hardens and remains in your stomach: Foods that remain undigested in the stomach can solidify into a hardened mass called a bezoar. These solid masses cause nausea and vomiting and can be life threatening due to the prevention of digestion.
- Unpredictable blood sugar changes: Gastroparesis does not directly cause diabetes, however it can lead to irregular changes in blood sugar levels. This can aggravate an existing case of diabetes and make it more difficult to manage.
- Decreased quality of life: Gastroparesis flare ups can cause discomfort and affect an individual’s ability to perform normal day to day activities.