Gastroparesis with severe symptoms!
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
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Sorry if that was a repeat intro, but I didn't see my earlier post. Tracy
@sickirishlass It may vary from device to device as to where the search box is. You are misspelling gastroparesis . Try again. I'm not a great speller either. I had to put it in Google for it to correct my spelling of it. 😁
Ty very much 👍
This is the main post I believe o the subject. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/gastroparesis/?utm_campaign=search
As you can tell it goes back a few years, but you can change the option to the most recent post first.
I was diagnosed , with Gastroparsis a couple years back, also have Barrett’s disease & 2 ulcers in my esophagus , that tend to bleed & drops my hemoglobin To dangerous levels .
Has anyone else have any of these problems, that can give me some dietary tips ?
I’d like to add my welcome, and also let you know that I moved your message and combined it with this existing discussion. As @fourof5zs mentioned, I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who are discussing much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.
Feel free to post your concerns and tag members in these discussions as well, about Barett’s esophagus:
– Barrett’s esophagus https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/barretts-esophagus-1/
– Barrett's esophagus to Esophageal cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/barretts-esophagus-to-esophageal-cancer/
May I ask if you could share a few more details, @sickirishlass? How are you coping and managing your symptoms at present?
I put myself on a liquid/soft food diet, & still getting Severe nausea and upset even throwing up. My hemoglobin keeps going low because the ulcers in my esophagus tend to bleed , my hemoglobin went to 4.3 at the beginning of the month while getting blood I had a heart attack . All the gastrologist I saw tell me there’s not much more they can do for me. I am on a lot of medications. I will be going to the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday & hopefully I’ll get some answers. I have a constant tummy-ache , with bloating and nausea ,
I am a 39 year old female that was diagnosed with Gastroparesis last year after a decade of "issues". It never bothered me before this past year but the symptoms have drastically worsened. I am seeing several GI Specialists in my area and one at the UW Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. They have had no real answers for me in regards to treatment, management, dietary, etc… I suffer from severe constipation with excessive flatulence (farting), bloating, pain and distention. Even Miralax and Milk of Magnesia daily hasn't helped. It has taken over my life. I am a very active outdoors woman and have little to NO energy now. I don't have the vomiting like most. Just the other symptoms of constipation listed above. I also developed some Hemmorrhoids which have been difficult to manage as well.
Since I haven't had much help or testing done this past year, I am looking to going to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and was curious to here about others opinions and experiences with the specialists there and in general of how you're living with this disease and the complications and health issues that accompany it. It has greatly affected my mental health but go to therapy weekly.
Thank you anyone who might be able to offer advice or suggestions! Much love to all of you going through this or similar health issues.
I was just Admitted thru ER my hemoglobin dropped from 9.0on Monday to 5.6 today, giving me 2 units so I can make it to Mayo on Tues . I can tell my ulcer is bleeding. OH BOY
@sickirishlass That does not sound good. Is there someone with you? I hope you are not traveling to Mayo alone. I am sure the transfusions helped. My hemoglobin and hematocrit dropped precariously low when I was pre-transplant and I was admitted to the hospital and had a few transfusions.