How do you manage bloating gastroparesis and diabetes?

Posted by waslatter @waslatter, Nov 14, 2020

Diagnosed with Gastroparesis about a year ago. Took a short term disability leave to adjust my diet. For the most part i eat about every 2 hours small amounts. I try to stick to soft or liquid. Any meat is usually very lean and ver small potion. Have been battling high sugers and am now on 3 meds Janumet, Glipazide, and once a day Tresiba 40 units.
My stomach is constantly bloated, full and very uncomfortable. Mild nausea, no loss of appetite no weight loss, in fact weight gain. Just had a KUB, nothing. I’m really hoping to avoid going all liquid as I still very much enjoy the taste of food. I have not been back to the gastro doc or NP in quite a while. Ive had the eating digesting test and dont like the possibility of side effects from drug options.

Have you tried a gluten free diet? worked for me. Baz

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@baz10

Have you tried a gluten free diet? worked for me. Baz

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No. I'd consider anything at this point. I do eat white bread, pasta, I would have no problem with eliminating gluten. Why do think that helped you?

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waslatter
I was feeling bloated and had lots of acid reflux that seemed to come from gluten. Now when I eat "hidden" gluten, I get that bloated feeling and also diarrhea, and the gluten free diet has been very easy to follow for the past 5 years or so. Even if you like snacks, chips, etc. many are naturally gluten free. I do eat gluten free bread that I purchase at Kroger. Once I was put on a no yeast or sugar diet by a doc due to yeast in my body and that worked well, so I just gradually started the gluten free. Best of luck on your journey to good health. Baz

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Thanks. Makes a lot of sense. My step daughter did gluten free for a number of years and agreed. She will be a good source of gluten free foods.

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@waslatter

No. I'd consider anything at this point. I do eat white bread, pasta, I would have no problem with eliminating gluten. Why do think that helped you?

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It is recommend to not eat white bread and white pasta when there are high blood sugar numbers. You can at least try that. Also white potatoes. I would reconsider those meds if they are not producing desired results, but since I have never used them for my diabetes, I shouldn't say. I do believe it is better to rely on diet changes that we know can provide benefits instead of relying on meds.
But that is my bias and I have been successful at it. Since you haven't tried a gluten free diet, it would be worth considering. I found a no bread diet made me feel awful, so now I eat a limited wheat bread and other grain bread diet. My father's large family, now deceased, suffered from ulcers and hemorrhoids plus vericose veins so they had a lot of sickness and poor health. One was an alcoholic and lost most of his stomach as well. I suspected genetic problems with my issues, but decided stress and poor eating habits were the cause.
Obesity is an issue in my family. Right now I have another bacteria infection which is commonly acquired in a hospital setting. I was hospitalized one night in July. So I am taking a dangerous antibiotic which is said to be the only one that is effective, and I have been warned about it. I trust changing your diet and following the latest and best advice on a diabetic diet and relying less on the meds.
My father had a huge ulcer removed and could not drink beer or eat hot dogs, and learned to eat his veggies for a few better years until he got cancer, He had smoked for many years. He died in his early 70's which was common in the 1970's. We are living longer and sometimes it takes more work to keep our bodies in order. I think doctors do hit and miss on the meds sometimes. They don't live with you so they don't have all the answers. It helps me to be willing to support you in your efforts. Dorisena

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I'm so sorry you are suffering from all of this. Our 43 yr old daughter came down with type0ne 4 years ago. After a year and a half, her narcissitic husband left her, (don't mind that since he was so abusive), but since she teaches part time online, we invited her and one granddaughter to move in with us. It's been about 7 weeks, and I'm trying to understand her weight gain which she blows off as irrelevant. Part of it is recovering from the bad relationship and part the illness. She's been put on an antidepressant which I think makes her a little manic and mad. Lot's of wild outbursts. She's very hostile to suggestions to take herself seriously and work at dropping weight by correct eating etc. I pray for the well being of my family since prayer has aided me with my ailments.

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waslatter
I was feeling bloated and had lots of acid reflux that seemed to come from gluten. Now when I eat "hidden" gluten, I get that bloated feeling and also diarrhea, and the gluten free diet has been very easy to follow for the past 5 years or so. Even if you like snacks, chips, etc. many are naturally gluten free. I do eat gluten free bread that I purchase at Kroger. Once I was put on a no yeast or sugar diet by a doc due to yeast in my body and that worked well, so I just gradually started the gluten free. Best of luck on your journey to good health. Baz

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Listen to your body.

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I'm so sorry you are suffering from all of this. Our 43 yr old daughter came down with type0ne 4 years ago. After a year and a half, her narcissitic husband left her, (don't mind that since he was so abusive), but since she teaches part time online, we invited her and one granddaughter to move in with us. It's been about 7 weeks, and I'm trying to understand her weight gain which she blows off as irrelevant. Part of it is recovering from the bad relationship and part the illness. She's been put on an antidepressant which I think makes her a little manic and mad. Lot's of wild outbursts. She's very hostile to suggestions to take herself seriously and work at dropping weight by correct eating etc. I pray for the well being of my family since prayer has aided me with my ailments.

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I understand some of this because I found years ago that I ate when others did something wrong or at least not good, that upset me. One day I had a talk with myself and asked why I was stuffing myself when someone else made the mistakes. I was taking their punishment for them. I finally taught myself to remember that it wasn't my mistake and I should continue to be good to me. I quit binging when stressed. I still get upset when others make bad mistakes, but I no longer binge to console myself. It is their problem, not mine.
The antidepressant may be making her hyper because the only time I tried it, I couldn't stop working, couldn't sleep, and quit in short order. I told my doctor to give the pills to my husband as he had a problem, not me. He laughed and said he never considered it that way.
Your daughter's self worth is low as a result of the mental abuse from her husband, and she needs to be encouraged to work on her self value which comes as a result of doing well at something and she gets praise and encouragement, not criticism. I wear a diamond ring which I purchased on my own, despite my husband's non support, and when it sparkles in the sun it reminds me that I am a person of worth and I deserved spending money on me after all my efforts and hard work trying to please a man who was never satisfied. The ring reminds me that I succeeded in living through a terrible trial for many years, and I am at peace now. I never take it off.
I gave my old, diamond in a necklace to my granddaughter and bought a diamond ring for another granddaughter when she graduated college, something we thought she could not achieve.
You don't have to buy diamonds. Any token will do to improve your self worth. When I dieted, I bought a pair of earrings every time I lost five pounds. I had little personal jewelry at the time but my husband had quite an array of things he wore, expensive. He bought a diamond ring in Amsterdam on a group trip and nothing for me. He lost the ring in the cornfield working on broken machinery.
I have known women who slept with comforting blankets, and other items that give them comfort and peace. I once bought myself a teddy bear on sale because I had never had one and my grandchildren had several. I had Santa bring me a doll for Christmas the same as he did for young granddaughters, and they were very impressed. I never had a nice doll from the store, only homemade cloth dolls.
I now know I am a person of value and am loved and blessed by God, so I don't binge and am well disciplined on my diet now.
You daughter has unmet needs and I pray for her success in whatever way works for her. It needs to be a positive experience for her.
Dorisena

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@dorisena

I understand some of this because I found years ago that I ate when others did something wrong or at least not good, that upset me. One day I had a talk with myself and asked why I was stuffing myself when someone else made the mistakes. I was taking their punishment for them. I finally taught myself to remember that it wasn't my mistake and I should continue to be good to me. I quit binging when stressed. I still get upset when others make bad mistakes, but I no longer binge to console myself. It is their problem, not mine.
The antidepressant may be making her hyper because the only time I tried it, I couldn't stop working, couldn't sleep, and quit in short order. I told my doctor to give the pills to my husband as he had a problem, not me. He laughed and said he never considered it that way.
Your daughter's self worth is low as a result of the mental abuse from her husband, and she needs to be encouraged to work on her self value which comes as a result of doing well at something and she gets praise and encouragement, not criticism. I wear a diamond ring which I purchased on my own, despite my husband's non support, and when it sparkles in the sun it reminds me that I am a person of worth and I deserved spending money on me after all my efforts and hard work trying to please a man who was never satisfied. The ring reminds me that I succeeded in living through a terrible trial for many years, and I am at peace now. I never take it off.
I gave my old, diamond in a necklace to my granddaughter and bought a diamond ring for another granddaughter when she graduated college, something we thought she could not achieve.
You don't have to buy diamonds. Any token will do to improve your self worth. When I dieted, I bought a pair of earrings every time I lost five pounds. I had little personal jewelry at the time but my husband had quite an array of things he wore, expensive. He bought a diamond ring in Amsterdam on a group trip and nothing for me. He lost the ring in the cornfield working on broken machinery.
I have known women who slept with comforting blankets, and other items that give them comfort and peace. I once bought myself a teddy bear on sale because I had never had one and my grandchildren had several. I had Santa bring me a doll for Christmas the same as he did for young granddaughters, and they were very impressed. I never had a nice doll from the store, only homemade cloth dolls.
I now know I am a person of value and am loved and blessed by God, so I don't binge and am well disciplined on my diet now.
You daughter has unmet needs and I pray for her success in whatever way works for her. It needs to be a positive experience for her.
Dorisena

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Thanks for sharing. I agree with what you said.

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I deal with nausea every morning with Gastroparesis and a lot of belching. I was just diagnosed about three weeks back and I’m learning all about this. I have somewhat normal bowel movements no issues there and I don’t have diabetes. The worst thing I am dealing with right now is just the nausea

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@achula1 When do you have nausea in the morning, when you get up, while drinking coffee or juice before eating a meal, or just after the breakfast meal? How fast do you eat the meal? How well do you chew the food? Those things and more can cause the nausea.. Ken

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@ken82

@achula1 When do you have nausea in the morning, when you get up, while drinking coffee or juice before eating a meal, or just after the breakfast meal? How fast do you eat the meal? How well do you chew the food? Those things and more can cause the nausea.. Ken

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It starts after I get up. I have my typical glass of water and then I move onto my peppermint tea. I just have it waking up in the morning, I will force myself to eat something just so I will have something in my stomach to help.

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@achula1 Do you sleep on a wedge that will lift your head 12" above the bed…I use a foam wedge that I cover with pillows.. Gravity has to be able to work .. Try it… I have to take nearly an hour to eat breakfast.. banana, toast, orange juice, coffee, Oatmeal with blueberries.. .. or eggs instead of Oatmeal.. (I am retired)….
When you vomit, Does the material come up easily? Ken

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@ken82

@achula1 Do you sleep on a wedge that will lift your head 12" above the bed…I use a foam wedge that I cover with pillows.. Gravity has to be able to work .. Try it… I have to take nearly an hour to eat breakfast.. banana, toast, orange juice, coffee, Oatmeal with blueberries.. .. or eggs instead of Oatmeal.. (I am retired)….
When you vomit, Does the material come up easily? Ken

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I don’t vomit, at least not yet. It’s nausea
I don’t sleep with a wedge, I have only gotten sick through the night and that was last week I woke up nauseated. For the most part I sleep well.

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@achula1

It starts after I get up. I have my typical glass of water and then I move onto my peppermint tea. I just have it waking up in the morning, I will force myself to eat something just so I will have something in my stomach to help.

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Yes, I'd do some online research on herb teas and learn what would be helpful. Also, maybe you need to change and simplify your food. Might be dairy. Or too much chicken? Or other common food allergies.

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