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Gastroparesis with severe symptoms!

Digestive Health | Last Active: Jun 25 11:08am | Replies (305)

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@pdilly

I may have said this before but it continues to amaze me how differently Gastroparesis affects each of us. I am fortunate to have a more moderate case of Gastroparesis than most of you.

But I did go thru a period of time when I went back and forth between constipation and diarrhea. Yuck! The 10mg domperidone twice a day helped me with no side affects. But my doc had me taking miralax twice a day for the constipation and it was just too much and caused diarrhea. He changed it to once a day in combination with colace twice a day. Still too much.

I think you just have to figure out what’s right for you yourself. I have been taking 2 colace a day for months. I mark my calendar at bedtime each night with a check mark or an X indicating whether I did or did not have a bowel movement that day. If I don’t go for 3 straight days, I take miralax the next day. That’s what works for me.

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@pdilly This is exactly like when I had cirrhosis and the accompany HE (hepatic encephalopathy episodes, which are periods of extreme confusion). One of the prescribed medications to prevent HE is lactulose. I was told it is one of the few drugs that each patient has to titrate themselves, figuring out the dose that works for you and adjusting depending on the day. It's good that you are on the right path to knowing what works for you. It can be a balancing act.
JK