August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month. The team at Digestive Care Physicians would like to take this opportunity to let patients throughout the Atlanta area know about the warning signs of gastroparesis and assure them that treatment options can be offered through a proper diagnosis. Not many people are familiar with this long-term digestive condition. However, gastroparesis can drastically reduce the quality of life for people who suffer from it. The lives of the loved ones of those living with gastroparesis can also be severely impacted as they watch a person they care about struggle. The reality is that digestive disorders don’t just have negative consequences while a person is sitting at the dinner table. Severe digestive issues can make it difficult for a person to function at their full potential at work, in the classroom and while having social interactions. A digestive issue can also make it difficult for people to do the sports, activities and hobbies they love.

What Is Gastroparesis?

People suffering with gastroparesis gastroparesis | photo of man holding his stomach in paincan experience vomiting, chronic nausea, severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. The symptoms of the illness can and often do lead to weight loss, malnutrition, brain fog, vitamin deficiencies, dehydration and fatigue. Those who have this condition describe it as living as though they have a paralyzed stomach. People with gastroparesis often have food sitting in their stomachs for long periods of time.

There are many factors that are believed to contribute to the development of gastroparesis. Diabetes and post-surgical complications are both thought to be causes. However, doctors often cannot trace the exact cause. Gastroparesis is typically diagnosed through a series of tests. An upper endoscopy is commonly used to look for food that may be sitting in the stomach. In addition, a gastric emptying scan can be helpful for tracking the process of digestion. Doctors may also be able to use a special pill that tracks a person’s rate of digestion.

What Is Gastroparesis Awareness Month?

The month of August has been designated as a time to raise awareness regarding gastroparesis and promote funding to advance our understanding of this disorder. It is a good time to be screened if you suspect that you may be suffering from gastroparesis. The team at Digestive Care Physicians can perform a screening and help you get to the bottom of the digestive symptoms that have been stealing your quality of life. We may be able to help you reduce the symptoms of gastroparesis through diet modifications and other treatments.

Do You Suspect That You’re Suffering From Gastroparesis?

Living with the symptoms of gastroparesis can be a painful and isolating thing. It is important to meet with a doctor if you suspect that you may have this disorder. You can be assured that the team here at Digestive Care Physicians will treat your situation with sensitivity and work hard to help you address and manage any symptoms you’re experiencing. Our knowledgeable team and state-of-the-art screening tools allow us to provide our patients with quality care. We have five physicians available across our four office locations in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming and Lawrenceville. We serve patients from Roswell, Milton, Duluth, Canton, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Marietta and other communities throughout the Atlanta area. Call us today to book a consultation.

All of the information shared above is intended to provide general information only. No part of the content on this page is intended to act as medical advice or provide a substitute for a proper medical evaluation or diagnosis. Please seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing stomach pain, vomiting, bleeding or any other severe digestive symptoms. You can call Digestive Care Physicians at one of our four offices in the Atlanta area if you have general questions or if you’d like to book a consultation.

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