My beautiful friend Erin, blogger at A Chronic Spoonful, suffers from a horrible disease called Gastroparesis. August is Gastroparesis Awareness month & Erin has very clearly explained exactly what this disease is that she & many others relentlessly suffer from.
I’ll leave you to read Erin’s post.
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 there are people, myself included, who suffer every day.
There are limited treatments.
Medications and Botox often fail and/or stop working…
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