G-PACT Mission Statement:
G-PACT is dedicated to providing assistance to patients and families affected by Gastroparesis and/or intestinal pseudo-obstruction in order to improve quality of life and decrease fears surrounding the conditions. We aim to provide hope to those who have lost it, support to those who need it, and knowledge to those who do not understand this condition.
G-PACT is a legal 501(c)3 non-profit and was founded on Aug. 23, 2001 by a number of people who have been affected by Gastroparesis or chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction in some manner. The officers know what it is like to deal with GP/CIP, the needs that patients have, and the problems they encounter. That experience is what makes us so strong.
G-PACT is dedicated to providing a network of resources for GP and CIP patients, medical professionals, and the general population. All of our services are provided free of charge. We rely 100% on donations and grants. Our staff is fully voluntary and no one is paid for their services. This allows us to use 100% of all funding towards our awareness and operating expenses.
Gastric motility disorders are gastrointestinal conditions, which affect the body’s ability to digest food normally. A number of conditions fall into this category, including Gastroparesis.
Gastroparesis literally means paralyzed stomach. It is one of the most severe and complicated gastric motility disorders. It can be caused by a number of factors and is commonly seen in the diabetic population. Often the cause is unknown. It is more prominent among females than males. Approximately 5 million Americans, including children, suffer from Gastroparesis. In some instances, it appears for a brief time and goes away on it’s own or improves with treatment. Many cases are refractory and do not respond well to treatment.
Gastroparesis is complicated to treat and treatment options are limited. There are few medications available, mostly geared towards symptom control rather than dealing with the underlying problem. For this reason, they are often ineffective.
Additional treatment options include diet changes, certain surgical procedures, and in severe cases, nutritional support through feeding tubes or IV nutrition.
Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction Overview
Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction (CIP) refers to a group of rare motility disorders characterized by persistent signs and symptoms of intestinal blockage in the absence of any physical blockage. In those with CIP, nerve or muscle problems cause the small and/or large intestine to lose the ability to contract and/or push food, fluid, stool, and air through the gastrointestinal tract.
CIP shares many symptoms with more common GI disorders, which, combined with many physicians’ unfamiliarity with CIP and the complexity of diagnostic testing, results in what is often a difficult and delayed path to proper diagnosis.
CIP has a variety of different causes and ranges greatly in its severity. Treatment focuses on symptom management and meeting nutritional needs and can be immensely challenging. Despite utilization of the best available interventions, CIP can have a devastating impact on quality-of-life for patients as well as their families; in rare instances complications related to CIP itself or necessary treatments can even be life threatening.