I was recently diagnosed with what my doctor said was "moderate to severe gastroparesis." The strange thing is, my abdominal symptoms are pretty mild - my problems are all confined to my throat. I also am non-diabetic. I am new to this but will tell you anything I know. Take care.
I just turned twenty four in july, I have a very long history of stomache problems since the fourth grade so for like 15 years but this january I got very ill at work and I was vomitting up food that I had eaten over twenty four hours ago, I got sick on a thursday and was in the ER on sunday two times with severe heartburn, vomitting and right sided pain, monday morning I was admitted and my gall bladder was removed, it was very inflamed and diseased, turns out that when I had been hospitalized for the same problems two years earlier my gall bladder was bad according to a hida scan and should have been removed and wasn't. My right sided pain continued and my amylase was raised so I was sent to Jewish hospital where I under went to ERCP's and the ducts had to be cut open on both my pancreas and bile duct and stints where placed. By this time I was still vomitting and losing weight quickly I was 108 when I went in the hospital and went down to around 80 lbs and my hair was falling out and my teeth where bleeding due to malnutrition which we later found out had to due with the vomitting and my neuopalastic gastroparesis which did not allow absorption of vitamins since I was unable to digest the food I did eat. By this time they sent me to IU med center where they put me on TPN's while trying to figure out what was going on but my liver enzymes began to drastically elevate and they did not want to take a chance on my liver being damaged with all of my other problems. They also found H-pylori bacteria which took two go arounds to get rid of. (and of course you know about my reflux problems) So they then put in a G tube which was hooked up to a cath for draining which helped to slow the vomitting with a combo of zofran, prevacid, and eventually domperidone for the gastroparesis, they also put in a J tube for taking meds and tube feeding, so anyway 26 weeks later I got to come h ome for the first time they have no known reason for the cause of my gastroparesis which in 40% of the cases they don't know and they believe my reoccuring pancreatitis has to do with my failed digestive system putting to much strain on it, I also believe it has something to due with my gall bladder being bad for two years and all of those toxins being in my system,
May I ask how old you are and what meds you take, and do you have any tubes?
Wow Andylw, I'm sorry you've had to go through all that. I'm not sure if you were directing your question at me, but anyway I am a 20 year old male. I currently take Prevacid and Domperidone .I have gastro esophageal reflux disease, too. I think my slow stomach is at the root of my reflux, however. I do not have any tubes. The only directions my doctor gave me were to avoid fatty foods and to eat smaller, more frequent meals. I just got this diagnosis only about two weeks ago, and my doctor said it could take about a month to see if the domperidone is really working, so I have my fingers crossed. Best of luck.