Gastroparesis is a long-term condition where the stomach cannot empty itself properly

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What is gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis is thought to be caused by a problem with the nerves and muscles involved in the emptying of the stomach.

Gastroparesis can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Feeling full quickly when eating
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Need to know

Some of the common symptoms of gastroparesis include:

  • feeling full all the time
  • nausea
  • bloating
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • stomach pain
  • heartburn

Your GP will discuss your symptoms with you to make a diagnosis. They may refer you to our neurogastroenterology diagnostic unit at a later date, where we may be able to carry out a number of tests to get to the root of the problem:

  • A barium swallow test, which involves swallowing a special liquid that will show up in an X-ray to show your digestive system in action.
  • A wireless capsule test, where we ask you to swallow a small electronic device that tells us how fast food can pass through your digestive tract.
  • Endoscopy, which involves inserting a thin, flexible telescope through your mouth to look into your throat and stomach.
Depending on your symptoms and any test results, your GP or consultant will discuss your treatment options with you. These may range from dietary advice to prescribed drugs to help increase your stomach movements.
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Rachael's gastroparsis treatment

After years of enduring stomach pains, frequent vomiting, and debilitating symptoms such as hearing loss, Rachael was also diagnosed with gastroparesis, most likely caused by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

Rachael’s family found an unexpected glimmer of hope while they were watching TV together. In BBC2’s The Diagnosis Detectives, they saw that gastroenterologist Dr Ray Shidrawi had successfully treated a woman who had also been suffering with similar symptoms including vomiting.

Rachael travelled to The Wellington Hospital for treatment at the London Gastroparesis Service, where treatment has helped her condition, increasing energy levels and allowing her to eat and drink without being ill.

Our Gastroparesis locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

Patient stories

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.