Gastroparesis

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What is gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a medical condition consisting of a partial paralysis of the stomach, resulting in food remaining in the stomach for a longer period of time than normal.

Common symptoms reported by people with gastroparesis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with gastroparesis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Reglan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
gastroparesis (23) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (7) gastroparesis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Motilium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
gastroparesis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (4) pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with gastroparesis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with gastroparesis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Reglan)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroparesis (11 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating anxious mood 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
gastroparesis (23) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (7) gastroparesis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Motilium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroparesis (48 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 1 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
gastroparesis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (4) pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
not clear headed
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth hypomania
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with gastroparesis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has gastroparesis on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 416 say gastroparesis is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 11
20s 127
30s 263
40s 306
50s 341
60s 205
70+ 75
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 111
20-29 years 152
30-39 years 153
40-49 years 155
50-59 years 97
60-69 years 20
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 143
Female 1193

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 841
Not Diagnosed 43

These charts show data from gastroparesis patients who have completed their condition history
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