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Sufferers of chronic conditions raise awareness for invisible Illness week

Brittney Riley is the picture of health. At 27, the veterinary student looks fit and happy. Most people would never guess she is sick, but Brittney suffers from a chronic digestive disorder known as gastroparesis in which the stomach takes too long to digest food. She can no longer eat solid food; instead she consumes baby food, soy yogurt, watered-down Cream of Wheat, and cans of Ensure. Brittney is one of hundreds of Americans who are hoping to raise awareness this week of crippling disorders that others may not readily see or understand, as part of Invisible Illness Awareness Week. ... Read More

Gastroparesis sufferer urges, Never give up!

Be your own advocate. That is what the Gastroparesis, etc… blogger suggests for people, like her, who suffer from gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. The blogger can be found at gpadvocate.wordpress.com. The Gastroparesis, etc… blogger was diagnosed with the condition in 2004, and in that time has gathered a great deal of information on treatments for the debilitating condition, which she readily shares on her Web site. Gastroparesis is individualized and a treatment that works for one person may not work for another, she says. She has tried a long list ... Read More

Organization raises awareness, funding for GI motility disorders

In a country that celebrates most holidays and occasions with great spreads of food, living with gastroparesis can be difficult. Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents, causing stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, which can lead to poor nutrition and, in severe cases, death. Those who suffer with it must be on restrictive diets and take medications or treatments to keep the symptoms at bay. The condition can make socializing – especially during activities centered on food – uncomfortable for sufferers. Gastroparesis is unpredictable – there are good days and bad, making ... Read More

Long term use of Reglan linked to serious movement disorder

Barbara* suffered from acid stomach and was prescribed by her doctor a medication known as Reglan (metoclopramide). During the nine years she was on the medication, she began suffering from other symptoms – an enlarged tongue that skewed her speech, facial twitches, and other involuntary muscular movements. Her doctor diagnosed her with Tardive Dyskinesia. The culprit? The acid reflux medication she had taken for years had caused the condition. Stopping Reglan didn’t make the symptoms go away, and now Barbara is far more disabled than she was before she was prescribed the drug. Reglan was first approved by the Food ... Read More

Salix plans to increase sales force to push new gastroparesis drug

Salix Pharmaceuticals plans to increase its sales force by 60 percent in anticipation of approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the drug maker’s new treatment for gastroparesis. The FDA recently accepted the complete response from the Morrisville, North Carolina-based pharmaceutical company for its orally disintegrating tablet (ORT), a form of metoclopramide called Metozolv, and has granted a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) for September 11, 2009. A PDUFA authorizes the FDA to collect fees from companies that produce certain human drug and biological products. Salix hopes to gain full FDA approval to market Metozolv as a ... Read More

Scleroderma bill will raise awareness, fund research

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced a bill in the United States Senate to raise awareness of scleroderma and fund research into the disease and its secondary conditions, according to a press release issued by the Scleroderma Foundation. Scleroderma is a chronic and disabling connective tissue disorder that involves changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles and internal organs. For most, the condition is progressive. If the gastrointestinal tract, heart, kidneys or lungs are involved, the condition can be fatal. Secondary conditions resulting from scleroderma include gastroparesis and pulmonary hypertension. The Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act, co-sponsored by Senator Charles ... Read More

Women more likely than men to suffer from gastroparesis

Women are more likely than men to suffer from gastroparesis, a debilitating condition in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents, according to the Baltimore Sun. Gastroparesis  affects about 25 percent of people with type 1 diabetes and 10 percent of people with type 2 diabetes, as well as people with Parkinson’s disease. But the majority of those with gastroparesis have no underlying condition that seems to cause it. Gastroparesis can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, early fullness while eating meals and heartburn and can lead to weight loss and poor absorption of nutrients. Some ... Read More

Gastroparesis treatments offer little relief

People who suffer from gastroparesis are finding treatment for their condition is an ongoing battle. Gastroparesis is a digestive disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Literally, gastroparesis means “stomach paralysis,” and those who suffer from the condition can suffer a host of conditions including bloating, nausea, early fullness while eating meals, heartburn, and epigastric pain. Weight loss and poor absorption of nutrients are also serious are other serious outcomes of the disease. Only a few medications are available to treat gastroparesis, including metoclopramide, domperidone, erythomycin and cisapride. Metocloparmide, known in the U.S. by the ... Read More

Diet, nutrition key for people with gastroparesis

Diet and nutrition are key for people who suffer from the digestive disorder known as gastroparesis. The condition in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents, most often is caused by diabetes but has been associated with infections, endocrine disorders, connective tissue disorders such as scleroderma, autoimmune conditions, neuromuscular diseases, cancer, radiation treatments applied to the chest or abdomen, some forms of chemotherapy, and surgery of the upper intestinal tract. People with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia may also develop gastroparesis. Those with gastroparesis suffer from a host of symptoms such as discomfort of feeling ... Read More

Procedure shows promise versus drugs for children with gastroparesis

Surgeons have implanted a pacemaker in the abdomen of a 16-year-old patient to help treat a debilitating stomach condition that can cause symptoms such as nausea and bloating and result in malnourishment and significant weight loss. This is the first time the procedure has been performed in a child at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the few medical centers that will perform the procedure on pediatric patients. The patient suffers fro gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach empties its contents too slowly. It often affects people with diabetes. However, in as many as 60 percent of children with the ... Read More