Patient Comments: Gastroparesis - Diagnosis

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Comment from: Florence, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

One Sunday I ate half a slice of chocolate cake and I felt fine. Then an hour later, I became so nauseous I thought I was going to be sick but I wasn't. Ever since then, every time I ate I was nauseous and it kept me awake at nights. Then I also became bloated every time I ate. I couldn't get on trains because I had motion sickness. I stopped eating and lost 20 pounds and my clothes became so loose on me. I then went to the gastroenterologist and got an endoscopy, x-ray, and ultrasound and did the gastric emptying study and I was diagnosed with GP gastroparesis). My gastroenterologist just suggested 4-6 small frequent meals a day, stay away from high fiber foods and salads (because of the roughage in the leaves) and most importantly stay away from fatty and spicy foods. Now I can't eat anything without feeling bloated and it's really interfering with my life. I have my good days and I have my bad days.

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Comment from: Lucy, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had a vein ablation (leg). A week later I was in hospital with AE (arterial embolism) and PVT (portal vein thrombosis). Today (4 days out of hospital) doctor reduced my blood thinner. My level was in the 4 range. Tonight I'm experiencing back and chest pain.

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Comment from: Karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

In November of 2012 I had two neck surgeries. The first week after that, I was fine. Since then, I have been admitted to the hospital for pancreatitis (lab diagnosis). I had no pain at all � just nausea and vomiting. Within a day of discharge, I started experiencing pain under my rib cage that never stops. I have lost 45 pounds since November and have had frequent nausea with vomiting. My doctor thinks it might be gastroparesis or a problem with one of my bile ducts. I don't have a gallbladder. I've never lost this much weight. So far, my labs are back to normal. I'm just wondering if anyone has had the same symptoms. They would like to do an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP), but I don't want to have it done. Any suggestion is appreciated.

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Comment from: em, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I have just been diagnosed with gasroparesis after a botched colonoscopy that led to a hemicolectomy. Doctors couldn't understand why I wasn't improving�it started to feel like they thought I was faking symptoms. Nausea, feeling bloated, and abdominal pain just made working impossible, and living with the constant nausea is horrendous. A gastric-emptying study found I was 'significantly abnormal'. As instructed, I've been eating full meals. A dietician recommended I eat small meals six times a day. I'm now on anti-nausea drugs, which aren't helping, and IBS tablets for abdominal pain. I knew there was something wrong, and no doctor admitted it was caused by the major bowel surgery.

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Comment from: Tina, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 21

Hi, my name is Tina, Now I have it but my mother does and she is 74 years old. She suffers so bad and she only had it for only 2 months. And she have so many other health problems alone with it. She get so frustrated and I try to keep her spirits up to the best of my ability, and it'd hard seeing her suffer every day. I've been her caregiver for 5 years and it's been stressful, so anyone going through this my prayers. and my mother's go out to you.

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Comment from: 33 years old, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I was diagnosed with Diabetic Gastroparesis just 3 days ago. I had been having stomach pain, always feeling full, vomiting constantly, and recently lost over 30 pounds in just a few weeks for almost a year before my family doctor referred me to my Digestive doctor. Although I was just diagnosed with this disease I have been living with it for over a year now and it is very frustrating and hard to live with. I also feel for others like myself because I know how hard it is to live with this disease.

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