Re: Gastroparisis in the elderly
Gastroparesis is where the nerves/muscles of the stomach are sluggish and don't allow the stomach to empty normally and food and gas builds up. Some medications can cause this as side effect, so I would suggest all medications be evaluated. There are meds, such as Reglan, that can promote peristalsis (movement) to push food along. There are also electonic stimulators that can be implanted to treat this, but that is invasive and last resort. Peripheral neuropathy can cause gastroparesis, so all the causes for PN should be sought- low thyroid, Vit B12 and folate deficiency, diabetes and connective tissue disease. Reglan is worth a try-but it can cause depression in some people, so just a heads up on that.