With a diagnosis of gastroparesis, you will hear several terms that you may not have heard before. I want to make sure to cut out the guessing game and make every aspect of this disease crystal clear. Below you will find the definitions to some of the common terms you will hear.
• Bloating – Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full and gaseous, and may also be visibly swollen (distended).
• Diabetic Gastroparesis – People with diabetes have high levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar. Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the vagus nerve.
• Idiopathic Gastroparesis – Means a health care provider cannot identify the cause, even with medical tests.
• Malnutrition – Is a broad term which refers to both under nutrition and over nutrition. Individuals are malnourished or suffer from undernutrition if their diet does not provide them with adequate calories and protein for maintenance and growth, or they cannot fully utilize the food they eat due to illness.
• Muscular Contractions – Abdominal muscle spasm, also known as abdominal rigidity, is a powerful, involuntary contraction of the muscles of the abdomen. During a spasm, the muscle will feel stiff and tender if you apply pressure.