Gastroparesis with severe symptoms!

Posted by paarak @paarak, Jul 17, 2011

Does anyone have gastroparesis (low stomach emptying) and what are you doing to manage the problem. I was finally diagnoised with this condition this year after at least 3plus years of unexplained illness. Most of my symtoms were related to pain in the chest; deep back shoulder pain; lightheaded/dizzyness; I always felt like I was having a heart attack. But each time I went to the ER all the heart test came back fine and was told it was just acid reflux. I have been to cardiology; neuralogy; gastrology. I have had heart test; stress test;;thryrod; diabectic test; all kinds of blood test (only showed low vit D) MRI of brain; spinal tap. Finally had stomach emptying test in March – which showed 85% food still in stomach after 3 hours. I have had to switch to a no fat; low fiber diet – pretty much all liquid; soft (babyfood like) foods. If I do experiment and eat something that doesn’t move through – then I end up with the deep shoulder pain; lighthed/dizziness;; numbness in the arms/fingers and over all wekness. In order to overcome this feeling – It seems to work by drinking just water /gator aid for at least a day. I just don’t know if this all started by a nerve damage issue or if it is reverserble. I have done a lot of internet reading and there doesn’t seem to be anything to do except eating habit changes. And no one else seems to associate the pain I have with the stomach – I never seem to have stomach pain – Only fullness; nausea; bloating/gas. I also am not diabetic. Which my understanding is a reason for this condition. If you have this condition – what are your symtoms and how are you managing? Thanks

@tammyj0201

I have had the same exact symptoms, as well as ringing in my ears for about 3 years now and I am also NOT diabetic. First they said it was my gallbladder because I had alot of vomitting, and had gallstones that showed up on a CT scan, so they removed my gallbladder. After about 3 months I continued to have the same symptoms so then they said it was severe reflux or (GERD) and put me on medication. The “reflux” especially chest pain contined and I had a Nissen Fundoplication this past March to correct this. If they suggest this surgery DO NOT do it. It has only made the nausea, fullness, and gas/bloating 100 times worse and now I can’t belch or pass gas as effectively as before the procedure and I can no longer vomit due to the creation of a one-way valve into my stomach. About a half-hour or so after a regular meal, even very, very small portions, I have chest pain, stomach pain (from the gas), and I am bloated to the point where I feel (and look) like I am about 6-8 months pregnant. I can lose or gain up to 15 pounds in the same week depending on if I eat solid food or not, and if my stomach decides to empty or not. Eventually when my stomach does decide to empty I have unpredictably severe diarrhea with a lot of lower abdominal pain until everything passes. Unfortunately I am managing the exact same way you are. Most days I just have Gatorade or flavored water like Propel, but eventually I get hungry, eat solid foods, and suffer. This cycle never ends, it just continues on and on.

I have been told that the only thing left to do would be a gasgtric pacemaker, which my insurance won’t cover until the “official” gastroparesis diagnosis has been confirmed for 1 year, and all other methods have failed, i.e. medications like Reglan,Domperidone, and anti-reflux surgery. This won’t be until November for me and if I do decide to have the pacemaker, I have to travel about 2-1/2 hours away from my home and family to have it done. Since there are no guarantees with this procedure either I’m still not certain what to do. It is a real challenge living this way. I haven’t been able to return to work since last November and have no disability payments coming in, so my family is struggling as well. I guess all we can do is support each other, pray, and hang in there hoping for a better tomorrow.
Good luck to you!

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Try gluten-free diet and get an allergy test.

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@molly911

I have similar symptoms, but did not know it had a name. I had a nuclear egg study and it was found my food does not move at a normal rate, it is very slow. Is this the kind of study any one has had to diagnose this?

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The digestive system needs fiber and whole grains to move properly. Up your fiber foods.

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@snowtrooper22

i have had dizziness ,chest pain,bloating, headaches,gas,shoulder/arm pain all on my left side, feeling flush, lightheaded,acid refux, ears bothering me as well, loud noise hurts, heart palpatations,fatigue, feeling like i’m having a heart attack as well, been to the e.r. 3 times and the ekg and tests all say i’m not having a heart attack. had stress test, heart sonogram, ct scan of head, and abdomen… blood work …thyroid checked sonogram of the kidneys and abdomen and all have come back normal…my doctor has said it is an anxiety or panic attacks… boy i’m so lost cuz its a horrible feeling… feels like the end is coming. I had surgery for a hiatel hernia,,,had it checked when i started to get these symptoms 5 months ago and my GI said everything was ok…. blood pressure is good.. i am not over weight…but i dont feel ok….neurologist is next….. everything has come up “normal” i dont know what to do… im a coach so i do have some stress and been at it for 15 yrs. i am on xanax and zolpidem to help me sleep cuz i wake up in the middle of the night with those horrible attacks…. i lost weight but have gained some back…it is a feeling id never wish on anyone. i want to be normal again like i was 6 months ago…

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Be careful with reglan after a few months of use I had paralasis in my hands and forehead its hard to decide what to take I’m now on nothing until I’m hospitalizedsome of the drugs I was put on made the rest of my life miserable

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This sounds just like me! So tired of it! I never know whether I can eat or not. Home from work today because I can’t function 🙁
And I too have been dx with gastroparesis.

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@molly911

I have similar symptoms, but did not know it had a name. I had a nuclear egg study and it was found my food does not move at a normal rate, it is very slow. Is this the kind of study any one has had to diagnose this?

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This is not only wrong, it could make it worse. If you have gastroparesis, a LOW fiber diet is recommended. Fiber and whole grains will NOT stimulate the vagus nerve!!! Worse yet, eating a lot of fiber can actually cause bezoars. You really shouldn’t give out half hearted holistic advice. This could really cause harm!!! I hope that anyone here with gastroparesis knows better than to load up on fiber…you may end up at the ER with a bezoar blocking your intestines!

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@tammyj0201

I have had the same exact symptoms, as well as ringing in my ears for about 3 years now and I am also NOT diabetic. First they said it was my gallbladder because I had alot of vomitting, and had gallstones that showed up on a CT scan, so they removed my gallbladder. After about 3 months I continued to have the same symptoms so then they said it was severe reflux or (GERD) and put me on medication. The “reflux” especially chest pain contined and I had a Nissen Fundoplication this past March to correct this. If they suggest this surgery DO NOT do it. It has only made the nausea, fullness, and gas/bloating 100 times worse and now I can’t belch or pass gas as effectively as before the procedure and I can no longer vomit due to the creation of a one-way valve into my stomach. About a half-hour or so after a regular meal, even very, very small portions, I have chest pain, stomach pain (from the gas), and I am bloated to the point where I feel (and look) like I am about 6-8 months pregnant. I can lose or gain up to 15 pounds in the same week depending on if I eat solid food or not, and if my stomach decides to empty or not. Eventually when my stomach does decide to empty I have unpredictably severe diarrhea with a lot of lower abdominal pain until everything passes. Unfortunately I am managing the exact same way you are. Most days I just have Gatorade or flavored water like Propel, but eventually I get hungry, eat solid foods, and suffer. This cycle never ends, it just continues on and on.

I have been told that the only thing left to do would be a gasgtric pacemaker, which my insurance won’t cover until the “official” gastroparesis diagnosis has been confirmed for 1 year, and all other methods have failed, i.e. medications like Reglan,Domperidone, and anti-reflux surgery. This won’t be until November for me and if I do decide to have the pacemaker, I have to travel about 2-1/2 hours away from my home and family to have it done. Since there are no guarantees with this procedure either I’m still not certain what to do. It is a real challenge living this way. I haven’t been able to return to work since last November and have no disability payments coming in, so my family is struggling as well. I guess all we can do is support each other, pray, and hang in there hoping for a better tomorrow.
Good luck to you!

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The anti reflux surgery is what caused my gastroparesis.

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@tammyj0201

I have had the same exact symptoms, as well as ringing in my ears for about 3 years now and I am also NOT diabetic. First they said it was my gallbladder because I had alot of vomitting, and had gallstones that showed up on a CT scan, so they removed my gallbladder. After about 3 months I continued to have the same symptoms so then they said it was severe reflux or (GERD) and put me on medication. The “reflux” especially chest pain contined and I had a Nissen Fundoplication this past March to correct this. If they suggest this surgery DO NOT do it. It has only made the nausea, fullness, and gas/bloating 100 times worse and now I can’t belch or pass gas as effectively as before the procedure and I can no longer vomit due to the creation of a one-way valve into my stomach. About a half-hour or so after a regular meal, even very, very small portions, I have chest pain, stomach pain (from the gas), and I am bloated to the point where I feel (and look) like I am about 6-8 months pregnant. I can lose or gain up to 15 pounds in the same week depending on if I eat solid food or not, and if my stomach decides to empty or not. Eventually when my stomach does decide to empty I have unpredictably severe diarrhea with a lot of lower abdominal pain until everything passes. Unfortunately I am managing the exact same way you are. Most days I just have Gatorade or flavored water like Propel, but eventually I get hungry, eat solid foods, and suffer. This cycle never ends, it just continues on and on.

I have been told that the only thing left to do would be a gasgtric pacemaker, which my insurance won’t cover until the “official” gastroparesis diagnosis has been confirmed for 1 year, and all other methods have failed, i.e. medications like Reglan,Domperidone, and anti-reflux surgery. This won’t be until November for me and if I do decide to have the pacemaker, I have to travel about 2-1/2 hours away from my home and family to have it done. Since there are no guarantees with this procedure either I’m still not certain what to do. It is a real challenge living this way. I haven’t been able to return to work since last November and have no disability payments coming in, so my family is struggling as well. I guess all we can do is support each other, pray, and hang in there hoping for a better tomorrow.
Good luck to you!

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I was told the gastric pacemaker wouldnt solve anything for me. Im as careful as i can be keeping blood sugardown and just being vety careful about fiod choices to feel good doesnt always help. I wish you the very best. Write anytime!

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@tammyj0201

I have had the same exact symptoms, as well as ringing in my ears for about 3 years now and I am also NOT diabetic. First they said it was my gallbladder because I had alot of vomitting, and had gallstones that showed up on a CT scan, so they removed my gallbladder. After about 3 months I continued to have the same symptoms so then they said it was severe reflux or (GERD) and put me on medication. The “reflux” especially chest pain contined and I had a Nissen Fundoplication this past March to correct this. If they suggest this surgery DO NOT do it. It has only made the nausea, fullness, and gas/bloating 100 times worse and now I can’t belch or pass gas as effectively as before the procedure and I can no longer vomit due to the creation of a one-way valve into my stomach. About a half-hour or so after a regular meal, even very, very small portions, I have chest pain, stomach pain (from the gas), and I am bloated to the point where I feel (and look) like I am about 6-8 months pregnant. I can lose or gain up to 15 pounds in the same week depending on if I eat solid food or not, and if my stomach decides to empty or not. Eventually when my stomach does decide to empty I have unpredictably severe diarrhea with a lot of lower abdominal pain until everything passes. Unfortunately I am managing the exact same way you are. Most days I just have Gatorade or flavored water like Propel, but eventually I get hungry, eat solid foods, and suffer. This cycle never ends, it just continues on and on.

I have been told that the only thing left to do would be a gasgtric pacemaker, which my insurance won’t cover until the “official” gastroparesis diagnosis has been confirmed for 1 year, and all other methods have failed, i.e. medications like Reglan,Domperidone, and anti-reflux surgery. This won’t be until November for me and if I do decide to have the pacemaker, I have to travel about 2-1/2 hours away from my home and family to have it done. Since there are no guarantees with this procedure either I’m still not certain what to do. It is a real challenge living this way. I haven’t been able to return to work since last November and have no disability payments coming in, so my family is struggling as well. I guess all we can do is support each other, pray, and hang in there hoping for a better tomorrow.
Good luck to you!

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I didn’t get a pacemaker. They did a fundoplication (wrapped the top part of my stomach around the esophagus to tighten things). In the process he cut my vagus nerve, which caused the gastroparesis. I thought I was

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My daughter was diagnosed and was put on erythromycin, but is having Dizzy Spells & Blurred/Double Vision. I took her to the hospital and they treated her for dehydration, not even looking in her ears. I took her to the PCP and they said she looked fine….but this article is scaring me!!! Could it be MS????

Medical Conditions That Cause Gastroparesis
Diabetes is the most common medical condition associated with the development of gastroparesis. Over time, high blood glucose levels damage the vagus nerve, which is responsible for sending signals to and from the brain and gut. Once this nerve becomes damaged, gastroparesis can result.
Diseases of the nervous system such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis can cause gastroparesis. Delayed gastric emptying can also develop as a side effect from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Thyroid disease has also been shown to be a contributing factor.

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I had gastroparesis 24 years ago before I had a kidney/pancreas transplant. Then 23 years of no symptoms but then my kidney failed and I had to go dialysis and a few months ago I was hospitalized with uncontrollable vomiting. They said I had gastroparesis and put me on Reglan. I am leery of the side effects but right now that with the low-fat low-fiber diet is helping me. I rarely have an appetite though and there are days when all I can eat is liquid or soft foods. I do wish I could be hungry and eat a normal meal!

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Wow, I can't believe we all have this. I have diabetes also which causes gastroparesis so they say. I am always in pain from my head to my toes. Sever migraines, to my feet feeling like they are on fire. My stomach is on functioning at 25%. Im on a starvation diet practically. Crackers, yougurt, water, no sugars, milk, only water. What the heck..all my joints hurt. I have recently started to have new symptom of extreme onset of tiredness. I can fall asleep standing up. Tinninitus, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, confusion, forgetfulness, ( especially names of my grand babies and my own sons) . Feet, hands hurt badly. Stomach always feels full. We need to demand this investigated by CDC.

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@naturegirl53 A lot of what you are saying about yourself sounds like me, hereditary Gelsolin Amyloidosis (HGA) or something similar. There are a few thousand diseases which are close. So the real question is, "What's behind the GP?" The logical place to start for you, it seems to me, is what's in your blood? My guess is that you have excessive mis-folded Proteins in our blood and urine. There is a test, SERUM FreeLiteChain (sFLC(c)) from The Bindings Site of Birmingham UK and Seattle which might help. It is a simple blood test, available almost anywhere, and it is sent to ARUP or Mayo-Quant, or Boston Amyloidosis for analysis. I think you need to begin looking at the stuff coming out of your liver and your kidneys. Also, you probably have mild enlargement of some of your organs, maybe 10% or less. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8 "Amyloid and Old Karl" Free, and in PDF or odt

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