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Gastroparesis with severe symptoms!

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My stomach emptying test showed I have a zero digestive system. This was due to a surgery last year to pull my stomach down to where it belongs. It had gone thru a large hernia and it got lodged behind my heart and it was leaning on my lungs. My only systems were shortness of breath, weight gain and a very swollen stomach. After the surgery was when the vomiting and diarrhea, and cramps started. I've seen 6 gastro. doctors and I've taken every medicine there is. I even tried Botox and pot. I have lost over 50 lbs. I have dry eyes, hair loss, teeth problems and no energy. All the doctors agree that the vegas nerve was cut or badly damaged and it can't be repaired. You mentioned that you have a gastric pacemaker. Can you please tell me more about that. I don't want a feeding tube if it can be avoided. Thanks so much for sharing.

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I had a gastric pacemaker implanted next to my stomach in 2012. My gastroenterologist suggested it after everything else I tried didn't work. I had mine done in Omaha Ne hospital. I believe it has leads that are directly leading into my stomach which stimulates my stomach to work so when I eat it will go down. Gastroparesis means your stomach is paralyzed so food won't go down and then you vomit it up. I vomitted and was nauseous 24/7 for at least 3 yrs. Took several Drs before I was diagnosed. The dr adjusts the pacemaker by upping the batteries in it with a hand held device. I was told its kind of like a heart pacemaker but for your stomach. My last visit to see the dr I ask if they know yet what causes gastroparesis and he believes it's from a virus but I've also heard it can be caused by the vegas nerve not working. I hope this helps answer some of your questions about it.