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Questions About Gastroparesis

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I've been unable to eat normally for the past 2-1/2 months.

My worst symptom is pain. Does gastroparesis cause stomach pain? I get this about 1 hour after eating, when I eat "hard" food. I don't have pain when eating foods like bread or mashed potatoes.

Where should I go for diagnosis? There are no specialists where I live, the nearest gastro dr is 100+ miles away. Can any gastro dr diagnose this or is it better to go to Mayo clinic or other specialists? Anyone go to the Mayo for this?

I also have multiple food allergies and gluten intolerance but I belive this is not causing the pain. My dr said he found "inflammation" in the espohagus, stomach, and small intestine, but doesn't know why. Stomach and esophagus cancer runs in my family, so they did a scope and the stomach biopsy was negative.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Here is a link to information on gastroparesis...which is usually diagnosed by a "gastric emptying study", which is discussed in the article I'm linking to below.

http://www.medicinenet.com/gastroparesis/page3.htm

From the article, here is a quote of symptoms:

"The primary symptoms of gastroparesis are nausea and vomiting. Other symptoms of gastroparesis include abdominal pain, bloating, early satiety (feeling full quickly when eating), and in severe cases, weight loss due to a reduced intake of food because of the symptoms. Reduced intake of food and restriction of the types of food that are eaten can lead to nutritional deficiencies.

The vomiting of gastroparesis usually occurs after meals; however, with severe gastroparesis, vomiting may occur without eating due simply to the accumulation of secretions in the stomach. The characteristic vomiting happens several hours after a meal when the stomach is maximally distended by the presence of food and secretions stimulated by the meal. Since the grinding action of the stomach is absent, the vomited food often remains in larger pieces and is easily recognized. (Contrast this with the more common type of vomiting in which the food appears as small, uniform, unidentifiable particles.)"

Nina

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Thanks Nina!

I have the typical symptoms also, nausea and vomiting.

Have you heard of anyone improving with both gastroparesis & POTS? If POTS improves then does the gastroparesis usually improve along with it?

Its so discouraging not to be able to eat much :(

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I'd like to know if constipation, gastroparesis, and autonomic dysfunction can all go away with one medication.

John

Thanks Nina!

I have the typical symptoms also, nausea and vomiting.

Have you heard of anyone improving with both gastroparesis & POTS? If POTS improves then does the gastroparesis usually improve along with it?

Its so discouraging not to be able to eat much :(

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