August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month!
I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis back in March of this year when I went to the Mayo Clinic. It took me six years and two minsdiagnosises to receive this diagnosis. Gastroparesis is a rare disorder of the stomach causing delayed gastric emptying. The symptoms associated with it are:
- Nausea / Vomiting
- Abdominal Pain
- Bloating and Distention
- Early Satiety
- Lack of Appetite
“Gastroparesis demonstrates a gender bias affecting more women than men. Approximately 80% of idiopathic cases are women. Idiopathic gastroparesis may be linked to an as yet-to-be-elucidated enteric autoimmune disease. The prevalence of delayed gastric emptying in Type 1 diabetics has been reported to be 50% and in type 2 diabetics, reports range from 30% to 50%” (NORD)
There are very few treatment options available for people with gastroparesis, and none of them are very good. Many companies are working on clinical trials, I was even a part of one! There is still a lot of unknown about gastroparesis, especially idiopathic gastroparesis, so creating treatments is incredibly difficult as is actually treating those who have it.
My hope is that we are able to find better treatment options in the future to help all of us who have gastroparesis have a better quality of life.
P.S. Is the color for gastroparesis awareness month green because we’re nauseous all the time and puke a lot? If not, that was a major oversight lol 🙂