- Enteric Neuropathy
Enteric Neuropathy is a degenerative
neuromuscularcondition of the digestive system. In simple terms the gutstops functioning, due to degradation of the nerves and muscles. The condition affects all parts of the digestive tract. There is no known cure or treatment for Enteric Neuropathy at this time; it is only possible to work on symptom management.
The main symptom of Enteric Neuropathy is severe and constant pain. Other symptoms include
nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, bloatingand abdominalabnormalities. In addition malabsorptionand poor nutrition are common, as the digestive system begins to fail. Symptom management is very important and the main priority is usually to get on top of the pain. However, as most people may have been waiting for years for a diagnosis they are often already addicted to painkillers (such as tramadoland oramorph) and this has effects on the gut which do not help the situation.
The diagnosis of Enteric Neuropathy is rather difficult, in that many symptoms present in ways that are common to many other bowel- and gut-related diseases. It is common that many people undergo many surgeries, sometimes over several years, to attempt to combat other possible diseases. The diagnosis itself requires a "bowel motility" study, which for those who have Enteric Neuropathy will show signs of severe abnormalities in the movement of the gut. An operation to take a section of muscle for
biopsywhich, if it shows signs of nerve degradation, confirms the diagnosis.
* [http://www.entericneuropathy.org/ entericneuropathy.org] for a "sufferer's point of view"
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