ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Help for those with Gastroparesis

Updated on November 26, 2012

I wanted to pass on some information to anyone suffering with Gastroparesis, or even worse, undiagnosed Gastroparesis.


Here is our story:


Over the past few years my wife's health had been declining. It began to exponentially decline towards the beginning of this year where her constipation/diarrhea became worse, and she began to have increasing nausea. Because my wife has legitimate Fibromyalgia we 'assumed' at the time it was merely medicinal.

Fast forwarding to May 2012, her nausea increased from weekly, to twice weekly, to daily, to hourly, to constant!

Over the next few months she began having extreme daily sweats, and the began vomiting. Because my wife is easy to puke, we didn't think much of it, until it became weekly, then daily!!

By June she was in bed constantly. Every time she stood up she was nauseous, and she was literally throwing up multiple times per hour, regardless if she ate or not. We were at urgent care and the ER several times trying to figure out what the problem was. I was fighting to get her a Gastrointerologist appointment, but their earliest appointements were months away. I even tried calling my health insurance "health advocate."

Finally after weeks of misery we got into see the Gastrointerologist and he explained to us that she appeared to have Gastroparesis. In laymen's terms, it is when your stomach stops working (Paralyzed i.e. "paresis") and can no longer digest food. He recommended an upper-GI to confirm his diagnosis. However, once more that was scheduled weeks out!!

At this point my wife was literally in bed 23-24 hours a day and she looked as if she was literally on her death-bed. She could barely move due to the nausea, her migraines intensified, and she literally could not function.

Frustrated and exasperated I continued to harass the scheduling office because it was incomprehensible to me that someone in as much misery as my wife could be made to wait weeks for an upper-GI. We got the date moved up slightly but it was a long debilitating wait.

After the upper-GI the doctor confirmed that on what SHOULD have been an empty stomach given how many hours she was supposed to fast and be on a complete liquid diet, her stomach was nearly full. He described it as "one of the worst cases of Gastroparesis he's seen."

Great we had confirmation it was at least SOMETHING. Having the diagnosis was great, however there is hardly any treatment for Gastroparesis!!! Amitryptaline is one option, and there are a few others, but the side-effects were intolerable for my wife. The doctor sent as a generic 1 page document on Gastroparesis akin to what you can find on Google. Basically stay on a liquid diet.

She was still literally incapacitated when she found out about a dietary program called MediFast from one of our daughter's friends parents.

Me, being the natural skeptic, figured it was another MLM program that she (the Mom) was looking for another customer. Still, I figured what an it hurt.

So, her friend brought over a bag of these shakes and some other stuff. My wife could not eat anything solid at this point, so she attempted to drink a few shakes. She was initially not a fan of the taste, but at least she could keep some of it down.

After about a day of shakes she was able to get out of bed and at least move around the house. This was HUGE considering where she had been prior. She continued with the shakes trying to at least drink 1 a day.

She continued on this program for a few weeks and when she worked up to 2-3 shakes a day, she began to appear life-like. She no longer was vomiting and her nausea subsided.

Fast forwarding to present, my wife now has a job at Gymboree (something she hasn't been in good health enough to consider in years) and the initial debilitating nausea and vomiting of Gastroparesis are gone.

She still has some ongoing IBS-like constipation/diarrhea issues that are part of the condition, but it is exponentially better than several months ago.

I can 100% emphatically say MediFast saved my wife's life.

I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PERSONAL INTEREST IN MEDIFAST!!!

Neither one of us sell the products, nor do we has she even tried any of their other products.

I chose to write this review in a neutral place so hopefully it will help someone else struggling with diagnosed or undiagnosed Gastroparesis. My wife didn't follow or subscribe to any specific program or treatment plan that they offer. She just simply began drinking their shakes.

When the Gatrointerologist saw her at a follow-up he was AMAZED at how she appeared to have gone from death-to-life. He said MediFast was a perfect solution for her.

I don't know what is in those shakes, but the nutritional value in my opinion is inarguably invaluable.

So, for that I am grateful to MediFast.




Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)