Gastroparesis is the literal paralysis of the stomach and is characterized by WebMD as a condition that inhibits the stomach from emptying properly. Gastroparesis affects stomach contractions, which move food from the stomach into the small and large intestines. If stomach contractions don’t work to empty the stomach properly, discomfort can occur (i.e., nausea, bloating, and vomiting), and individuals can suffer nutritional deficiencies as a result.
Here are six common causes and symptoms that accompany gastroparesis…
1. Existing Medical Conditions
According to MedicalNewsToday, common causes linked to gastroparesis include existing health conditions, such as viral infections, eating disorders, cancer with radiation and/or chemotherapy, and stomach (gastric) surgery that causes damage to the vagus nerve. Specific medications, such as progesterone, lithium, antidepressants, clonidine, and calcium channel blockers, can also trigger gastroparesis. Use of nicotine, especially chronic smoking, is also a common cause of gastroparesis.
Certain chronic diseases, such as uncontrolled diabetes, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s disease, have also been associated with the development of gastroparesis. Rare conditions, such as scleroderma and amyloidosis, that impact the functioning of connective tissues, blood vessels, skin, muscles, and internal organs (i.e., scleroderma and amyloidosis) have also been linked to gastroparesis.