Does the Chicken come before the Egg, or does the Egg come before the Chicken?
For many trying to understand Gastroparesis (GP) its very much the same. Was it always just chronic, functional in addition to my life? Or did my other challenges create a lazy stomache.
No one seems to have a definitive answer. In my research for causes, I came across this partial list of Types of Gastroparesis/ or illness that it is a symptom of GP..
- Functional gastroparesis
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes - though gastroparesis is less common than for Type 1 diabetes
- Gallbladder disease
- Postviral syndromes
- Anorexia nervosa
- Stomach damage
- Stomach surgeryVagus nerve surgery
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Stomach cancer
- Smooth muscle disorders
- Abdominal migraine
- Parkinson's disease
- Metabolic disorders
Most commonly mentioned seemed to be:
- Diabetic GP and
- GP associated with eating disorders.
Understanding a cause can sometimes be a relief. For many, uncovering GP is a bit like opening Pandora's box. Many of these types and causes require different sorts of treatments and attention. Without understanding your illness or its symptoms and its possible causes, you're playing GP Roulette where your tummy almost always wins.
If you are new to experiencing the symptoms of GP, see your Healthcare Provider. Early detection and understanding is usually all it takes to get put you on the path of feeling pain free, more comfortable and healthy.