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Posted by Helen on July 28, 2000 at 11:22:43:

In Reply to: Gastroparesis Support Needed posted by Chris Duval on July 16, 2000 at 00:44:20:

: I was recently diagnosed with Gastroparesis after suffering periodic attacks for two years. Now suddenly I cannot eat hardly anything without pain, cramping, BLOATING, and sometimes diahrea. Can't get into a gastroenterologist til October! Help. Am I going to die? Are there others out there who have managed this and how? I am only on a low dose of pediatric erythromycin to help motility supposedly. I am a 49 year old female. I have dropped 15 pounds in about 3 weeks. Am eating toast, crackers, broth, etc. Miss salads, fruit, vegetables, and wonder about eating so little, especially no protein except an egg now and then. I need some support badly. I thought that talking with someone who has this and is managing it would help my anxiety level, as well as help me figure out what to try next. Doctors aren't really very helpful to me so far. Thanks. (Whew!) Chris
I know what you're going through. Your symptoms sound just like what I had. Maybe I can give you some hope. I had it from the time I was 44 until I was 51. Right after I had my last period I had my final severe attack of gastroparesis. During the years that I had it I was hospitalized 13 times. Since then I have been fine. Still can't eat the quantities that others eat, but can eat just about everything and have gained back all the weight I lost. What helped me the most was reglan, small, low-fat, low fiber meals, and an excellent internist who worked with me and the specialists. I worried about nutrition too. a doctor at the Mayo Clinic told me to drink Carnation instant breakfast. Others said to stay away from milk. I drank a lot of Ensure. Good luck.

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