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Gastroparesis with severe symptoms!

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Hello @hgarm. My diagnosis of Gastroparesis came after my first radio frequency ablation of low grade dysplasia related to Barrett’s esophagus. When they were mapping the areas to be treated, they saw undigested food in my stomach that shouldn’t have been there. The surgeon reported that to my gastroenterologist who immediately said “you have Gastroparesis.”

I started googling and based on what I read about how people end up with Gastroparesis, I didn’t believe I had it. I asked to have the stomach emptying study done to confirm the diagnosis. That study showed that I do have moderate Gastroparesis. (But not severe like my doc had thought based on the food left in my stomach.)

As I’m sure you already know, Gastroparesis means your stomach empties too slowly. I was not aware I was having any symptoms before I was diagnosed. But then I realized this was likely the reason why I was always feeling like I was full after only taking 2 or 3 bites of a meal. I also had some vomiting and diarrhea.

Since I’ve been on a low fiber diet and I’m taking domperidone, I’ve been much better. And although food is no longer sitting in my belly, I still can’t eat very much. I guess that’s because food still doesn’t move thru my belly very quickly.

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Hi pdilly,
I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis about 3 months ago. The symptoms I had were slight vomiting, stomach pain and a lot of bloating. I had a gastric emptying study which showed very slow emptying of the contents. The diagnosis was based on the study and the results of an endoscopy. The endoscopy showed undigested food from 4 days prior. I went for a follow up endoscopy 4 weeks later (after following a low-fiber Gastroparesis diet). The doc found that the pyloric sphincter was narrowed quite a bit. This too would cause delayed emptying. He used a baloon to stretch it open. Since then, my only symptoms have been slight bloating and constipation. I am on ocycodone for severe cronic back pain (which of course would cause the constipation), but I’m also not getting much fiber either because of pmy diet.
My whole point of this is that I don’t know if I truly have Gastroparesis or if my issues were caused by a small pyloric sphincter. I have another follow up with the GI doc in a couple of weeks. Hopefully he will be able to determine the cause of my problem.
I’m not suggesting that your situation is the same as mine. I just wanted to share in hopes that it may be of some help to you.