Gastroparesis can lead to a wide variety of gastrointestinal symptoms. Below are some of the most common symptoms of gastroparesis:
- Abdominal bloating
- Early feeling of fullness once eating.
- Erratic blood sugar levels.
- Gastro esophageal reflux
- Lack of appetite
- Spasms of the stomach wall
- Pain in the abdomen
- Vomiting of undigested food
- Weight loss
These symptoms may be mild or severe, depending on the patient.
Gastroparesis can worsen your diabetes. If you have this condition, managing your blood glucose is even more difficult. If your small intestine absorbs the food that has been delayed in your stomach, it causes your blood glucose to increase.
In addition, if food stays in your stomach longer, you can develop problems relating to bacteria. This is because the food becomes fermented and encourages bacteria growth. Moreover, foods may get hardened to solid masses and this leads to vomiting, nausea and obstruction in the stomach.