Dehydration is a common occurrence for those who have gastroparesis, and can be difficult to deal with. Pact Blog writer Nancy writes about what exactly dehydration is, and what you can do about it!
Gastroparesis patients frequently suffer from episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea, depending on symptoms. These episodes can literally leave you feeling exhausted. When you lose more fluids than you are taking in, you become dehydrated. With the holidays right around the corner, there’s more opportunity to eat foods that increase your opportunity for vomiting.
When you become dehydrated, try small sips of water, Gatorade or Pedialyte. You may be sweating, but feel cold and clammy. Your mouth feels sticky and you might even feel thirsty. Your head is pounding, but you’re unable to keep anything down, including something for your headache. Making a decision is difficult, due to confusion and a raging headache.
Dehydration can lead to several complications, including heatstroke, kidney stones or kidney failure, seizures (when your electrolytes get out of balance), or shock. Be aware that dehydration can happen quickly and lead to serious complications. When you are dehydrated, your bodies fluids need to be replenished quickly. If you’re unable to keep any liquids down, you should call your doctor or go to the emergency room. Your doctor or ER physician will immediately start an Intravenous Therapy (IV) to replenish your body with salts and fluids.
Remember – things can deteriorate very quickly when you’re dehydrated. Know the signs of dehydration and seek medical help as needed.