Over the years, I have had very little understanding of my digestive problems (neither have my doctors) and what I’ve had to deal with.
I have just this weekend been informed that a definitive review in 2012 of 70 individual research papers, has concluded that due to ‘structural abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system’ and therefore ‘neurological abnormalities of digestive system control’ people with cerebral palsy commonly have digestive issues.
The conclusion goes on to say that the most prevalent digestive tract disorders are ‘dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and constipation, with consequent recurrent respiratory infections and deleterious impact on nutritional status.’
Unfortunately, these fit in with my experiences and make what I deal with that much harder. Armed with this information, my Nutritionist is going to try and target her help and advice.
For those of us who struggle with cerebral palsy and have additional symptoms of this nature, I hope this information helps.