Patient Comments: Gastroparesis - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: SL, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I have had this disease for a very long time (over 30 years) but the attacks are infrequent. The first attack I had at the age of 24 and lasted around four hours. The frequency of attacks was typically around once a year. I was diagnosed a diabetic around ten years after that initial attack. The result of being diagnosed a diabetic led to a gradual reduction of weight. Today, I have a BMI of around 25. Dropping weight has lengthened the time between gastroparesis attacks but the duration of the attack has gotten longer. The most recent attack lasted over 24 hours and I had to contact my physician.

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Comment from: Waldo22, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 15

I had my esophagus removed 19 years ago. I had sleeping problems and other GERD related problems but didn't develop gastroparesis until about 5 years ago. I am 65 and only seem to have gastroparesis problems in the morning after breakfast.

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Comment from: Lorna, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 18

PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) cause polyps and have caused my husband to have gastroparesis.

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Comment from: JW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I am trying to figure out if I have gastroparesis. I have chronic pancreatitis; it took me 5 years of going from gastro specialist to gastro specialist, to get a diagnosis for that. This bothers me intermittently. I have bloating, pain in my upper stomach, chills and I feel like I can't take a deep breath. The only thing I've found that gives me any relief is ginger tea. I have suffered from constipation my entire life, as long as I can remember. I started taking flax seed capsules two years ago and it has changed my life.

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Comment from: Erika B, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I suffer from periodic attacks of gastroparesis (GP). Fortunately I found a gastroenterologist who was willing to write me a prescription for domperidone, which I get from Canada. I also found a product called Iberogast that promotes gastrointestinal motility. I don't know how well it works for the more severe cases, but it cuts down on the frequency of my attacks as long as I use it regularly. It also allowed me to get off of the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) I've been taking for years. The other thing that helped was eliminating sugar and carbs. I used to be on Amitiza for constipation, but I was able to stop taking that after I went on a low carb diet. If I eat carbs I get constipated within 1 or 2 days like clockwork. I need to get better at taking the domperidone and Iberogast regularly, but they both make me so hungry, and I, unlike some sufferers of GP don't really need to put on weight. When I get an attack my body actually makes me think I'm hungry and as soon as I eat the trap is sprung. Even if it's only a small amount of food. I fall for it every time. Then I'm in pain for 10 to 12 hours. I usually have to make myself vomit to empty my stomach. I don't get nauseous like some people do. I hope my finds can help some of you. Most important is the find a sympathetic doctor who listens to you and understands what you are going through. My doctor actually put his own wife on Iberogast for GERD after I told him of my experience with it. That's how I know he listens. Peace and health to you all.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I just found out I have gastroparesis along with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I have not lost weight, instead I have gained weight and can't seem to be able to lose it even exercising. I have terrible heart burn and abdominal pain. You do feel lost and helpless when the doctor tells you there is no cure, just treatment, and the treatment is trial and error. It has been tough.

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