Gastroparesis is a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents. It does not involve a blockage (obstruction)."
....M's gastroparesis kept him... and me... up almost all night.
"Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a medical condition consisting of a paresis (partial paralysis) of the stomach, resulting in food remaining in the stomach for a longer time than normal. Normally, the stomach contracts to move food down into the small intestine for digestion. The vagus nerve controls these contractions. Gastroparesis may occur when the vagus nerve is damaged and the muscles of the stomach and intestines do not work normally. Food then moves slowly or stops moving through the digestive tract."
I hope he's better today.... he was really sick last night.
"Gastroparesis is a condition in which the muscles in your stomach don't function normally."
Because of interactions with his psych meds, he isn't able to take any of the (few) medications that are known to stimulate digestion. We've tried countless herbal and nutritional supplements/treatments and nothing we do makes much difference.
"There is no cure for gastroparesis. Making changes to your diet may help you cope with gastroparesis signs and symptoms, but that's not always enough. Gastroparesis medications may offer some relief, but some can cause serious side effects."
It's going to take a lot of caffeine to make it through today...