Chronic symptoms that are characteristic of gastroparesis include:
Bloating, as well as stomach discomfort or pain, is also noted by some persons with gastroparesis, particularly as symptoms become more severe.
Weight loss may occur due to decreased appetite.
If symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), like heartburn or regurgitation, do not respond to treatment a gastric emptying test may be done to check for delayed stomach emptying (gastroparesis).
Heartburn may occur as a result of reflux due to delayed stomach emptying.
Symptoms of gastroparesis can impair quality of life and well-being. The severity of gastroparesis ranges from being uncomfortable to debilitating and in some cases life-threatening.
The signs and symptoms of gastroparesis may differ among persons with the condition. Symptoms usually occur during and after eating a meal.
Of note, the severity of symptoms in a person with gastroparesis does not necessarily tie together with how quickly the stomach empties.
If you have gastroparesis, your help is needed. We are conducting a survey aimed at identifying ways to better treat and improve daily life for people affected. To take part, click on this link: Participate in our confidential gastroparesis online survey.