Today, the 1st of August, kicks off Gastroparesis Awareness Month!
What is Gastroparesis, and why is it important that we have a month dedicated to its awareness and advocacy?
Gastroparesis (GP) is a condition that basically means “paralysed stomach”. People who have it have stomachs that don’t work properly. Instead of being able to squeeze, digest, and move food on, their stomachs aren’t functioning well so food just sits there. That causes a host of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, GERD, feeling full very quickly, etc.
Those symptoms can lead to malnutrition and dehydration, so GP patients can end up in hospital needing fluids, or on feeding tubes, or TPN.
Sadly, some patients with severe GP do die from it.
We need to care about this disorder because there are people, myself included, who suffer every day.
There are limited treatments.
Medications and Botox often fail and/or stop working. Electrical stimulation helps some, but not all. Feeding tubes fail.
Imagine you got a stomach virus. You felt nauseated and kept being sick when you tried eating and drinking. Your stomach hurt and you were fatigued.
Now imagine that just never ended and that was just your life now.
That’s us with GP. That is our life.
We have no cure… We have limited treatments… But we do have hope.
So this August, please spread the message and consider donating to a GP charity so that we can have even more hope.