When the Stomach Pain is More than You think: Diagnosing and Treating Gastroparesis

When the Stomach Pain is More than You think: Diagnosing and Treating Gastroparesis

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Gastroparesis, also known as delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that does not allow the stomach to completely empty itself in a normal manner. The stomach either slows down or stops the movement of food, which is then not able to pass on to the small intestine. Healthy stomachs move and contract to help break down and digest food, moving it through the digestive tract as hormones and enzymes are released to process the food. Gastroparesis can be caused by damage to the vagus nerve, which directs the stomach to contract.