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What are the symptoms of gastroparesis?

 

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The most common symptoms of gastroparesis are nausea, a feeling of fullness after eating only a small amount of food, and vomiting undigested food—sometimes several hours after a meal. Other symptoms of gastroparesis include

  •     gastroesophageal reflux (GER), also called acid reflux or acid regurgitation—a condition in which stomach contents
        flow back up into the esophagus, the organ that connects the mouth to the stomach
  •     pain in the stomach area
  •     abdominal bloating
  •     lack of appetite

Symptoms may be aggravated by eating greasy or rich foods, large quantities of foods with fiber—such as raw fruits and vegetables—or drinking beverages high in fat or carbonation. Symptoms may be mild or severe, and they can occur frequently in some people and less often in others. The symptoms of gastroparesis may also vary in intensity over time in the same individual. Sometimes gastroparesis is difficult to diagnose because people experience a range of symptoms similar to those of other diseases.

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