Updated April 3, 2016
- Gastroparesis… Gastroparesis literally defined is “paralysis of the stomach”. Clinically defined, the term “Delayed Gastric Emptying” with graded degrees of severity is more accurate. Gastroparesis is a functional disorder. (The problem is not with the physical structure of the stomach; it is in how the stomach functions.)
- There are three subdivisions of Gastroparesis. Diabetic, Idiopathic, and Post-surgical.
- Gastroparesis may subside in diabetics when glucose levels stabilize.
- Post-surgical Gastroparesis can result from nerve damage following abdominal surgeries such as gall-bladder surgeries, bariatric surgery, anterior approach spinal surgery, fundoplication, or vagotomy, among others.
- Any condition affecting the autonomic nervous system can lead to Gastroparesis.
- Idiopathic Gastroparesis may result from any upper GI viral, bacteriological, or parasitic insult.
- The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Website: Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc
- YouTube Channel of Crystal Saltrelli
- Website Home of Crystal Saltrelli
- Website: International Foundation of Functional GI Disorders
- Website: American College of Gastroenterology, Patient Resources
- Website: Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatment
- National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials Search
- Mayo Clinic, Basic Tests, January 2014
- Gastroparesis Diagnosis, University of California, San Francisco
- National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases
- Introduced May 13, 2015. Pending in 114th Congress, a bipartisan Bill to further research and awareness of motility disorders. View the full text of H.R.2311, Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015, HERE.
Helpful Books, Videos, Blogs, and Social Media
- Book: Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis: Answers, Advice, Tips & Recipes for a Healthier, Happier Life, by Saltrelli CHC, Crystal Zaborowski, via Amazon.com ***No, I’m not a paid plug for Crystal! I’ve never even met her. I was diagnosed in 2009, and the info out there is still, disappointingly, minimal. Crystal is a GPer who decided to pursue a career as a Certified Health Coach due to her own illness. Her videos and books are a huge blessing in my fight. I promise.
- Blog: Emily’s Stomach: Emily’s Stomach
- Blog: Stephanie Torres, Journey with Gastroparesis
- Facebook Page: Emily’s Stomach
- Facebook Page: Living Well With Gastroparesis
- Facebook Page: Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments (G-Pact)
- In the past I’ve listed Pinterest boards, as those can be endless sources of good links. Again, I can only link what I have personally used and verified. I’ve removed the individual boards, but Pinterest has many!
Diet and Nutritional Needs
Be aware, there is no one size fits all diet for GP. Your own conditions and tolerances set the tone for diet and optimal nutrition.
- Gastroparesis Diet from Jackson | Siegelbaum Gastroenterology
- Motility Society Dietary Recommendations, pdf
- Food and Gastroparesis, from GastroparesisClinic.org
- Cleveland Clinic Gastroparesis Manual
- New Visions, GI Health and… Great breakdown of digestion, compromised nutrition, dehydration
Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
- ASPEN (American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition)
- Oley Foundation Website
- Oley Foundation Facebook Page
- Immunomodulation For Treatment of Drug and Device Refractory Gastroparesis, Results in Immunology, 2016
- Management of Gastroparesis, from GI.org
- New Guidelines for Treatment of Gastroparesis, Video and article, 2013
- Clinical Guideline: Management of Gastroparesis, American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2014
Advocacy and Research