DUMPING SYNDROME

  • A group of symptoms that may result from having part of the stomach removed or from other surgery involving the stomach.
  • The symptoms range from mild to severe and often subside with time.
    • Not life-threatening

An early dumping phase may happen about 30 to 60 minutes after you eat. Symptoms can last about an hour and may include:

  • A feeling of fullness, even after eating just a small amount
  • Abdominal cramping or pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Sweating, flushing, or light-headedness
  • Rapid heartbeat

DIAGNOSIS

  • Physician may do/request:
    • History & Physical Exam

 

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

  •  Avoid eating sugar and other sweets such as:
    • Candy
    • Sweet drinks
    • Cakes
    • Cookies
    • Pastries
    • Sweetened breads
  • Also avoid dairy products and alcohol. And avoid eating solids and drinking liquids during the same meal. In fact, don’t drink 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after meals.
  • Foods to consume:
    • Fiber supplements, such as psyllium (Metamucil or Konsyl), methylcellulose (Citrucel), or guar gum (Benefiber).
    • Sugar replacements, such as Splenda, Equal, or Sweet’N Low, instead of sugar.
    • Complex carbohydrates, i.e. vegetables and whole-wheat bread.
    • To prevent dehydration, drink more than 4 cups of water or other sugar-free, decaffeinated, noncarbonated beverages throughout the day.
  • Eating habits:
    • Eat five or six small meals or snacks a day.
    • Keep portions small, such as 1 ounce of meat or 1/4 cup of vegetables.
    • Cut food into very small pieces. Chew well before swallowing.
    • Combine proteins or fats along with fruits or starches. (For example, combine fruit with cottage cheese.)
    • Stop eating when you first begin to feel full.
    • Drink liquids 30 to 45 minutes after meals.
    • Reclining after eating may help prevent light-headedness.

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