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When you can't move food and liquids through your system properly a number of problems can arise. Among them:
- Aspiration pneumonia - A form of pneumonia that results when the contents of your stomach are drawn back into your lungs.
- Bowel obstructions - Developed from fruit and vegetable fibers not fully digested. This can cause pain, nausea, bloating, and other discomfort.
It is rarely life-threatening condition. Some people will become very malnourished and experience unintentional weight loss, but that is really uncommon -- it probably occurs only 5%-10% of the time. However, gastroparesis is really hard on quality of life, and if you can imagine being nauseated all the time, that’s what it feels like. Gastroparesis can make it difficult to hold a job and enjoy the good things in life. Unless sufferers seek care from professionals that know what they’re doing, they can spend years bouncing from emergency room to emergency room, getting different medications and not getting anywhere.
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