Gastroparesis Awareness Month

  • Do you know someone who is living with Gastroparesis?
  • If you don’t know what that is, you are not alone. Gastroparesis is a condition in which your stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal fashion.
  • It is a condition many do not know about. That is why August is National Gastroparesis Awareness Month.
  • This is the month where health officials focus on important health messages about gastroparesis diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life issues. The goals include improving understanding of gastroparesis to help patients and families manage the condition, and encouraging preventive strategies.
  • There are fewer than 200,000 US cases per year. Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured.
  • Gastroparesis can affect digestion. The cause might be damage to a nerve that controls stomach muscles. Symptoms include nausea and a full feeling after little food is eaten. Diet changes and medications may offer relief.
  • For more information on Gastroparesis you can call Lawrence County Memorial Hospital at (618) 943-1000.