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Gastric Dumping Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

Your stomach is a muscular, elastic, pear-shaped bag that lies crosswise beneath your diaphragm in your abdominal cavity. It is situated between your esophagus and your intestines. Your stomach gets the food that you have eaten from your esophagus. The food that you have eaten enters your stomach by way of a muscular valve that is known as your lower esophageal sphincter. Your stomach is an organ that works to digest the food that you eat. Digestion is the process that involves the mechanical and chemical break down of food into smaller parts in order for it to be absorbed into your blood stream. When food enters your stomach from your esophagus, gastric juices are what are used to break down the food. Food then goes through the other end of your stomach and empties into your duodenum, which is the first part of your small intestine. Gastric dumping syndrome is a disorder that takes place when food that has been ingested into your stomach empties too rapidly into your small intestine. This partially digested food takes an excessive amount of fluid into your small intestine that may lead to several different signs and symptoms. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of gastric dumping syndrome, you may be entitled to social security disability benefits like SSI or SSDI. Contact one of the social security attorneys at to find out. Gastric dumping syndrome is known by other names. It is also referred to as rapid gastric emptying and dumping syndrome. It has been estimated that anywhere from 25 to 50% of all the people who have had gastric surgery are afflicted with gastric dumping syndrome. Women are affected by this syndrome more often than men are. Gastric dumping syndrome usually occurs after a gastrectomy, which is a surgical procedure in which all or part of your stomach is removed. The severity of your signs and symptoms usually depends on how much of your stomach is removed. There are risk factors that may increase your likelihood of having gastric dumping syndrome. These include: ?  Having different kinds of stomach surgery ?  Taking certain medications ?  Having an underlying condition like diabetes. The signs and symptoms of gastric dumping syndrome are usually determined by when they take place. If your signs and symptoms start while you are eating or shortly after you finish eating, you may have: ?  Diarrhea ?  Nausea ?  Abdominal pain and cramping ?  Fatigue ?  Dizziness, lightheadedness ?  Vomiting ?  Palpitations, a rapid heart rate ?  Bloating, belching. If your signs and symptoms develop from one to three hours after eating, you may experience: ?  Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) ?  Shakiness ?  Weakness, fatigue ?  Mental confusion ?  Sweating ?  Diarrhea ?  Fainting ?  Anxiety, feelings of nervousness ?  Heart palpitations, a rapid heart rate ?  Lightheadedness, dizziness. It is possible that you may have both early and late signs and symptoms. If you eat a meal that is high in sugar, these signs and symptoms may be more severe. This is especially true if it is high in fruit sugar (fructose) or table sugar (sucrose).
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