Re: gastro perisis
I was diagnosed about 6 weeks ago with gastroparesis, after 10 years of chronic reflux and nausea. The reflux was so bad I have developed Barrett's Esophagus, a precursor to esophagael cancer. I had a Nissen Fundiplication in March 07 to help with the reflux, but the nausea persisted. I had a gastric dumping study and it took 136 minutes for a half an egg to leave my stomach. That is more than double what they consider normal. I was put on Reglan 4 times a day, which helps. Here's the caveat (isn't there always one?). I have been battling other health issues simutaneously, also for about 10 yrs, with the last year being particularly bad, that seem to be pointing toward adrenal or endocrine problems. I saw an endocrinologist and he ran a series of blood tests. My prolactin (a hormone produced by the pituitary gland) levels are extremely elevated. The high end of normal is 24 and mine are 139. But, it turns out that Reglan can cause elevated prolactin levels. The doctor says he doubts it is the medication elevating mine because they are so elevated, but wants to rule that out before they proceed with an MRI of my pituitary gland. What does that all mean for me? Off the Reglan for 2 weeks, argh. I can somewhat control the symptoms with diet, and also eating only small portions, but I miss the Reglan! In researching this drug, I also found out that a side effect is extreme depression. So, depending on what my prolactin levels look like next week, I have to think about whether or not I even want to go back on the Reglan. The problem is that I have not heard of any other treatments that work as well. It is so frustrating because I just want to feel well.