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There is no cure for watermelon stomach but treatment can speed gastric emptying and relieve gastrointestinal symptoms.

Posted Sep 11 2009 4:58pm

Delayed emptying of the stomach called watermelon stomach or gastroparesis. This serious condition can occur in people with scleroderma. The symptoms of gastroparesis include a feeling of fullness early after a meal, bloating, heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.

I get the information above from Johns Hopkins Health Alert. The suggestion is “eat a diet low in fat and fiber because fat slows the emptying of the stomach and some high-fiber foods can remain in the stomach for a long time”. The high-fiber foods that scleroderma people with watermelon stomach should be avoid include apples, berries, Brussels sprouts, coconuts, green beans, figs, and oranges.

Therefore, I will solve my mom’s problem by feeding her with fruit juice and soften fiber from vegetables instead of the whole fruits. However, prune juice is still good for her.

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