SparkPeople Living with Gastroparesis Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=26236 GP is partial or complete paralysis of the stomach. Food eaten moves slowly or not at all. Some results are bloating, pain, vomiting, poor nutrition. No cure or risk-free options exists. SparkPeople Living with Gastroparesis Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=26236 Thankful for finding this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x58360184 Hi! My name is Tara. I've been dealing with GP for about 10 months. I met today with a nutritionist who made some suggestions, and I decided I needed a place to record my food intake and activity. On a whim, I looked up gastroparesis (because the typical "diet" foods are not really GP friendly. <BR> <BR> I found this group. I am hoping that by finding a group of people who understand, Thank you to the creator of this group. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:38:00 EST Gastroparesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x58233554 Hi Everyone. New to the forum. I have had idiopathic gastroparesis for nearly 5 years now. Would like to share tips and support with those that would like to. :) Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:39:51 EST New around here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x58174912 Hi everyone. I dont know how active this group is, but I'm going to try anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm a 29 yr old, mommy to 3 girls, wife to an amazing man, who has gastroparesis. No other medical conditions, they dont know why I have it, but I do. Just got out of another stay in the hospital, trying to work back into foods, and on a new med called cisapride. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for anyone who wants to chat, and try to keep each other motivated. I have about 25 pounds that I want to lose, in a ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:49:27 EST Gastroparesis and diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x57631367 My name is Sherri and I have gastroparesis with diabetes so trying to find the right foods to eat is a challenge. I'm a LVN, married with 3 fur babies. My biggest challenge is that I love salads and raw vegetables and it is so hard not to want them. I would love to hear how others deal with this. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:18:01 EST Joining for my daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x56373004 Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined SP a few weeks ago for my own health and fitness needs, but discovered this team trying to find information and answers for my 21 y.o. daughter who is undergoing testing for GP. Please share if you know about doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating GP in Georgia. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:02:33 EST Joining for my Sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x56338954 My youngest sister has been diagnosed with this health condition. She does not have a computer and I am researching this and trying to find ways of helping her get the nutrition she needs from liquids. She is not able to tolerate anything in solid form. I will be coming here, if you don't mind...as a mediator for her. Asking her questions when she has them and sharing what you are all doing. My heart goes out to you all. The more I research this, the more I am frustrated by the la... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:53:31 EST I have a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x55911901 I was just diagnosed with GP. Does anyone else sweat while they eat. I am ok for the first 5-10 bites then wham sweat, its so embarrassing. I confess that I overeat to try to get rid of the pain, then when I bend over it all comes out. I am so glad that this team is here I love getting ideas sense I was just told to decrease my fat and eat 6 meals a day with the residue diet. WHAT? Any help will help, I know everyone is different but I'm so confused. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:42:29 EST Newly Dx with GP and Esophageal dysmotility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x55629229 Hi there! I have probably had this condition for close to 10 years, but through a series of inexperienced doctors, and lost test results, I wasn't dx until recently. I've been following the diet the new doctor gave me, and I've lost some weight, but as I am progressing through steps 2 and 3 of my diet, my symptoms have returned. In addition to the usual symptoms, I have a bad cough that they think is from stomach contents coming up, and me attempting to keep the contents out of my trache... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:42:40 EST Figuring out GP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x55181788 Hi All! I'm new to the group. My names Kelly, i'm in my 30's, I am currently caring for our three girls (7,5,4) and was diagnosed with gastroparesis this summer. I was fortunately fairly overweight before diagnosis, and have a good working relationship with my GP, who found me an excellent GI. Unfortunately I'm still losing weight quickly, and trying to connect what I'm eating to symptoms and discomfort. Right now I'm on a bland diet/ half liquid diet, which sucks, but really helps with ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 22:19:33 EST New to the group and new to GP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x54495725 Hello everyone! My name is Daphne and I'm a 36 year old female that lives in southwest Louisiana where fried and spicy foods are a main part of our culture. <BR> <BR> Well, 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis after 4 months of being miserable and vomiting everything I ate. Unfortunately the doctors where I live were clueless and couldn't figure anything out. I made a trip to Houston, TX to see a GI doctor there and within a month I had the diagnosis. The last test he ran was the ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:04:06 EST A "Not to Do" List for the Chronically Ill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x54379145 I think this list can apply to many of us here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning<BR>-straw-gold/201308/not-do-list-the-chr<BR>onically-ill </link> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:22:08 EST Internet search/d iagnosis led me here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x53663876 I was just diagnosed with Diabetes 2 and Gastroparesis three weeks ago. <BR> In April, I started having severe pain in my upper abdomen. It felt like a gallbladder attack, but I knew it wasn't gallbladder because I had it removed 18 years ago. I was already on Nexium for acid reflux, but this was such severe pain down in my belly. I had a few of those "attacks" while at work and had to leave and go home. At one point, I thought i needed to go the emergency room, but when I got there it ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 22:39:52 EST new to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x53502793 Just wanted to say hi! Mon, 27 May 2013 22:47:32 EST Yet another new person! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x53411533 Hello everyone! Just introducing myself. Just recently diagnosed with GP and in search all tips, tricks, research, blogs and any other info I can get my hands on. I see I am one of many new people to this team, so I am going to start reading up of things and I hope we can all help each other! Mon, 20 May 2013 11:18:44 EST Just found out I have Gastroparesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x53054030 Hello everyone. After a year of being sick I have finally been diagnosed. I am now trying to figure out what I can eat and how to deal with this disease. I hope I can learn from others. One of my questions is, can a person have green smoothies? or is that to much fiber? Can I digest fiber if its pulverized or is it still to hard to digest? Any suggestions are appreciated. Also I have a lot of pain in my lower abdomen. Could I also have IBS or is pain in the bowels part of Gastroparesis? <BR> ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:54:48 EST Glad to be here... another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x52957931 I've been having gi issues on an off for years but was officially diagnosed with gp when I was in the hospital two months ago. <BR> The gi doc said "eat a bland diet" and dismissed me with a script for reglan. Problem is it triggers my panic attacks. My primary doc and shrink have been of more help than the gi was. We're playing around with the reglan levels to see the how little it will take to keep things moving. We don't quite know why this happened. <BR> I'm just happy I found this... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 02:32:58 EST I am glad I found you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x52890043 I am 58, diabetic (oral medication so far, but my dr wants me to start something inject-able) and recently found out I have gastroparesis. I have had symptoms for a while, but my doctor did not make the connection. Found out from a recent routine gi screening. Got little direction from the gastrologist, just that I needed to be on a low residue diet and to try the internet to find one. See you in a couple of months. Tue, 9 Apr 2013 00:14:45 EST Hi New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x52721362 Hi I'm new to this team but not to Spark. I have type2 Diabetes and GP which the Dr says came from having the D2. I seem to tolerated many foods but the GP has seemed to amp up since 5 months ago when my Gastroenterologist discovered I had Pre cancerous cells in my stomach. Now I have gastro distress and gas all the time and I can't tell what its from GP or otherwise. My regular MD says its the fiber and raw and high fiber veggies I am trying to eat now for healthier nutrition plus the ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:07:01 EST Newbie with mild GP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x52622594 Hey folks, <BR> I'm in my early 30s & was diagnosed with GP back in 2008, along with diverticulosis (first diverticulitis at age 31), & GERD. Although it's next to impossible to tell, I suspect this came on as a result of the combination of OCD & generalized anxiety along with some borderline disordered eating (borderline anorexia never addressed in teens & dealing with it now). <BR> <BR> I'm working with a therapist and my doctor (and may need to call on a dietitian as well) right now. I ma... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:14:30 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x52194472 Hello - I am 54 years old and have a slow emptying stomach. I had my gastric emptying scan done today, and was told it is abnormal. I've had symptoms for a couple of months now and really am not sure what brought this on. I'm not diabetic. I do have Hashimoto's and did have a virus in December. In addition, I was taking a calcium channel blocker which I discontinued about a month ago. I'd been having horrible reflux, and endoscopy showed food undigested in my stomach. So now I am resea... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:01:28 EST new to this thread. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x51907252 Hello, my name is Kimm, i have gastroparesis and several other health issues. I am finding it very hard to eat healthy foods with GP, i do fine with plain saltines, plain animal crackers and your basic junk non fattty foods, eating vegtables or fruits and juices and boost and ensure are difficult for me. I try to maintain my health after being diagnosed with cancer, I was my heaviest at 287.8, then i worked out everyday with walking as my main workout. I went from 3x to a size 2 and weighe... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:07:50 EST New - have diabetes, possibly Gastroparesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x51503519 Hello! At my quarterly doctor's visit for Diabetes on Friday, I shared with my doctor that I'd had yet ANOTHER episode of nausea, horrible "sewage" burps, and diarrhea the past week. These started in April, usually lasting 24 hrs. I told him that it really felt like my stomach had stopped digesting and the food was curdling. He mentioned gastroparesis. I had another episode last night/this morning. <BR> <BR> Sooo, I may or may not have GP, but I'm here to learn. My episodes last abou... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 14:57:03 EST Hi, new to the team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x51232719 Hi, I was on someones SP & saw this team listed. I don't have GP, but my partner does. She was diagnosed a few years ago. Reading the posts here, things are making SO much sense! We have thought abt making more things into smoothies. Does anyone have the Nutribullet? it looks like something that'd be good, even though it's small. Thanks so much, & we're looking forward to learning more about GP!! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:19:34 EST Pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x50245982 Has anyone else gone through pregnancy with gastroparesis? I am 18 wks pregnant. I've been in the ER twice for dehydration. I'm taking reglan, zofran, ativan, B-6, and unisom, but the don't seem to help very much. At the moment, I'm stuck eating baby food because its the only thing I can keep down. I feel like I'm starving but unless its liquid or pureed I throw it up, and sometimes even then. Has anyone been through pregnancy with gastroparesis, and have any suggestions? Thu, 4 Oct 2012 20:25:13 EST New to Spark People and Gastroparesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x50242570 Hi! I am new to Spark People. Trying to find ways to lose weight, get through menapause and now deal with GP. I basically have trouble with meats, raw vegis and fruit and some breads. (Chips, crackers, etc.) I am really looking to learn more of my condition as well as learn how to eat healthy and not make myself miserable doing it. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. I have alot to learn about GP and how if is affecting me. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:29:25 EST Gastroparesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x50164842 I have had Gastroparesis for quit awhile. Sometimes I have nausea just out of the blue. Sometimes I have nausea and vomiting. Today I woke up very nauseated and felt so ache. No fever. I can not tell you how ache I am. Does anyone know does gastroparesis cause acheiness? Sat, 29 Sep 2012 19:15:07 EST Hi! I'm new to the group and spark people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x49268533 Hi, my name is Brynn, I have GERD, Gastroparesis, IBS, PCOS and several food allergies. I was diagnosed with gastroparesis in april and I've been doing a lot of research since then, since my doctors didn't have too much information for me. I've heard from numerous sources that logging your food has many advantages for people with a lot of dietary issues. However, it has proven to be more stressful for me than anything else. I'm excited to start tracking my food on here, since it appears much ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 02:25:05 EST Hello! New to the Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x49103267 Hello! My name is Kate and I am new to Sparkpeople and the Gastroparesis team. I am a 24 year old social worker. I was diagnosed with gastroparesis after a gastric emptying test in May 2012. My GI doctor and nutritionist believe that my new diagnosis of Celiac Disease contributed to the onset of my gastroparesis. I am taking Domperidone and Nexium to combat the symptoms, along with Zofran as needed. I am eating an easily digestible gluten free dairy free soy free diet. I had a bad flare last ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:11:58 EST Hi! I am new to the team, but not to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x48538334 I found out today that I have gastroparesis. When I got on spark today I said " I bet I will not find a team for this! No way enough people have it" I am so happy I found this team! <BR> <BR> I am also a DM type 2! This rocks! I was so worried that I would never be able to find some to help me and it looks like I have 135 spark members that will be able to!! So wonderful! I am going to go have alook around! Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:14:06 EST I'm new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x48172014 My name is Connie and I was diagnosed with gastroparesis about a year ago and was in denial for five months because I knew that the body need fiber for the bowel. I saw a dietician at the hospital per doctor's request It helped me see the full picture of how my gastroparesis affected my mastocytic enterocholitis by dumping undigested food into the colin and causing diarrhea. About a month ago my stomach acted up and my electrolytes plummeted and I ended up last weekend in the hospital in s... Mon, 21 May 2012 18:52:24 EST Gastroparesis and Electrolyte's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x48171314 If one is on diuretics and their stomach is acting up you need to watch your water intake or your electrolytes can plummet real fast and end you up in the hospital. That just happened to me this weekend, and I am still shaky from low potassium. Mon, 21 May 2012 18:00:25 EST Fiber confusion 0.o http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x48134969 I recently went to the doctor to ask if it would be okay for me to have a vegan diet as a gastroparesis sufferer. I explained how I can eat more solid foods now, and how I still plan to steam/cook my veggies to still keep them soft and digestable. <BR> (this is a new doctor as opposed to the one who diagnosed me.) <BR> He said yes its possible I just have to have variety and watch my portions and take vitamin supplements. Which I was fine with anyways, but something he said afterward through... Sat, 19 May 2012 00:39:34 EST I Haven't Posted in FOREVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x47880367 Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Heather Ritchie and I haven't posted in a long time (a few years). I have really had a hard time, as most of you probably have, eatting what I should. I get frustrated when I feel bad eatting what I am supposed to so I sabotage myself and eat something that I shouldn't. Obviously this doesn't work well! I have multiple problems in my gastrointestinal tract. I have GERD, Gastroparesis, Severe Colonic Inertia, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and major bladder proble... Wed, 2 May 2012 16:02:13 EST Domperidone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x47865121 Hi All! <BR> <BR> I have suffered from Gastroparesis for the past 3+ years. it has been getting worse over the past year. I also have a gluten intolerance. <BR> <BR> My doctor recommend Domperidone to help with my stomach emptying. I have been on it one week....and have been soooo happy with the results..for the first time in a long time i am not totally uncomfortable after eating. <BR> <BR> I am concerned about a few possible side effects and wanted to hear about your experiences with the... Tue, 1 May 2012 19:59:56 EST Vegans with GP?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x47850246 I was wondering if there were any vegans on here. I always feel guilty with eating meat, and though I mostly eat chicken and turkey when I do eat meat.. there's still a part of me that just wants to stick to veggies and fruit. But with me having GP I was wondering if it was even possible for me to have that kind of diet. <BR> I've spent the last year just trying new foods and ways to eat these foods..everything you can imagine just learning about me and my body. Its really become a spiritu... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:56:26 EST Spring Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x47410013 How is everyone doing with the GP and life in general? <BR> <BR> I'm doing ok most days with my GP, still managing it with diet and medication. <BR> <BR> Just had scans recently to see how my cancer is doing. Bone mets are stable, but the CT scan showed 2-3 very small spots on my lungs, which may or may not be cancer. My oncologist is not worried about them at this point, he's just going to keep an eye on them for now and do another CT in two months. In the meantime, continuing with the che... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 17:05:30 EST Reglan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x46639997 Does anyone else use reglan? I've been using it since last summer because the antibiotics made my stomach hurt worse. I'm able to eat better with the reglan, but I've started having some muscles issues. Like my legs and arms shaking for no reason. I'm thinking I should talk to my dr about it, but don't want to go back to being so sick at my stomach all the time, is that crazy? <BR> <BR> Kelley Sat, 18 Feb 2012 00:14:24 EST Soda and gastroparesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x46410456 Interesting article about soda and gastroparesis. <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/article/554308-so<BR>da-gastroparesis/ </link> <BR> <BR> I know my acid reflux is better not drinking soda, though sometimes for nausea I will drink some flat ginger ale, but never more than 6-8 oz. in a day. Sat, 4 Feb 2012 08:17:21 EST Gastroparisis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x45717766 Hi, <BR> I am new to this site. I am so glad I found it. I was hospitalized 18 times in a little over a year before they diagnosed me with severe Gastroparisis. I am looking forward to reading all these great comments and learn from this site. Let me know if you have any ideas to get me started. I am scared and could use the help. Thank you Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:43:22 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x45501723 Hi all. I am new to the team. I was diagnosed with GP about two years ago. Before the diagnosis was issued I lost 19 pounds in one week and my blood sugar hit 36. I looked like a skeleton. <BR> I am not slightly over weight from trying to eat enough to get what my body seems to need due to the lack of digestion and one high risk pregnancy. <BR> I have a five year old and a one year old. I am a Yoga and Pilates instructor. I suffer from PTSD and depression. <BR> I am hoping to try a raw foo... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:22:00 EST I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x44839985 I was diagnosed with GP a few weeks ago even thought I had it for about three months till the second GI had me tested. I never heard of such a thing but feel much better now I know it has a name! Sun, 30 Oct 2011 21:01:20 EST Happy to find others with GP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x44547121 Hello, <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with GP back in August after a scope for a stabbing pain in my stomach and excessive weight gain. I have been doing tons of research since then, but have had a hard time finding anyone else with the weight problem that I have. I love to cook and bake and am having a hard time with the fact that I can't eat all the same stuff as before. I am supposed to stick to an applesauce or thinner consistency with my meals. As I look through all the recipes here, I'm ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 23:47:40 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x44337520 I have just found out that I have GP two months ago and lemme tell ya. I have been real healthy besides being overweight here and there and this has came to a shock to me. I have no idea what is the cause for this and my doctor cant either but he did tell me after my scope that he thinks its getting a little better so I am crossing fingers and praying. I am one of the lucky ones because its not bad as others and I am so thankful for that. I feel so sorry for those who are in hospitals just to... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:23:36 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x43940731 Hi, I'm Sarah. I am 29 years old and received the "official" diagnosis of gastroparesis last week. My health problems started in early July when I became no longer to keep food down. My upper endoscopy revealed gastritis but no ulcer (which was the working diagnosis). Subsequently I was sent for a gastric emptying study that showed significant gastroparesis. <BR> <BR> My doctor feels it will be temporary- but not quick to heal (optimistically thinking it will heal by Thanksgiving). Meanwhile... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 18:31:09 EST FALL CHIT CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x43853456 Well, I had my EEG done yesterday and I am NOT having seizures! My neurologist says that my episodes are being caused by prolonged extreme sleep deprevation and stress. She showed me on the printout which squiggly lines indicated it. This is not a surprise since I have only been averaging only 4 to 4 1/2 hours of sleep a night for more than a year. She put me on medicine for this 3 months ago, but because it made me sleep so soundly I didn't hear Vince call me during the night and that ma... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 15:24:23 EST GPACT has announced good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x43811915 If you aren't already involved in GPACT's facebook, check it out! Exciting news has been posted that gives us all hope for better treatments and more knowledge in the medical community. <BR> <BR> Here are two recent posts: <BR> <BR> Good news from G-PACT via Tranzyme. We have a conference call w/ the FDA, top motility physicians & Tranzyme on Monday if Irene does not interfere. The goal is to emphasize the importance of streamlining Ulimorelin (TZP-102). This is, in part, the result of G-PA... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:46:00 EST Lost my dad Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x43798314 My dad passed away on Saturday, it was so hard to watch him die, but I am glad he was not alone. He took his last breath while I was holding his hand. I will wait until after the funeral to blog about it; I think it will be good for me to share, but right now I am not ready. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:44:59 EST By myself for the first time -- Please help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x43700517 I was diagnosed earlier this year but since I'm the only one with GP in my household we didnt make two suppers, we always just made regular meals and I just picked at sides that I can eat...I was out numbered and we're tight on budget as is. <BR> (was my sisters husband's excuse since he does most the shopping for us now --- the same one that buys 3 boxes of Fudge rounds when we all have sugar problems to start with, but like I said I'm out numbered and I hate arguing and so the less I can pr... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:20:18 EST Webinar 8/23/11 8pm EST - the digestive tract http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x43679819 <link>www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/view_s<BR>hared?p=ec78048738e31ed931e6a8&skin_id<BR>=1703&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=text_url </link> <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't post this earlier, but I just caught the post on G-PACT's facebook page. This webinar is TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 8pm EST, and is set to last for an hour and a half. If you miss it or don't want to sit through the whole thing, it seems the powerpoint presentation will be posted after the event. It will be about the... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:16:20 EST DTP Awareness Week Aug 19-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x43630629 Today starts DTP Awareness Week. For anyone who doesn't know, DTP stands for digestive tract paralysis and includes gastroparesis and CIP (chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction). G-PACT declared the week to encourage anyone who is affected by DTP and/or knows someone who is affected to speak out and tell people about it. <BR> <BR> Events for the week and suggestions for how to spread the word can be found on G-PACT's facebook page. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/GPACT </link> <BR> <B... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 22:11:48 EST Hello :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x43556354 I was recently diagnosed with GP after a terrifying trip to the ER and hospital stay. I refused reglan because of the side effects which leaves me on a liquid diet. So far so good on the liquid diet. I do miss food, but never want to feel that bad again! I thought I was having a heart attack!!! I focus now on getting enough nutrients and keeping muscle tone... It's good to know there is support on here! :-) Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:34:54 EST hi new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x43354316 Hi my name is Sue I am a 49 yr old female diagnosed with gastroparesis several years ago I am interested in talking and joining groups with other people that have the same medical problem so feel free to ask questions ty for welcoming me to the group Wed, 3 Aug 2011 18:58:27 EST Not Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x43295482 Unlike most people with this condition, I did not lose weight. I need to, and was doing Ok until I developed GP. Now, even though I don't eat much, I am not losing. Also, not feeling well makes it difficult to get in any exercise. <BR> Any ideas? Sun, 31 Jul 2011 20:59:40 EST How do you stay positive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x43241889 Because I sure as heck can't be positive right now! (Feel free to post something without reading all this, because I'm in a pretty bad place right now and don't want to bring anyone else down!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every time my GP flares (like right now) and I can't get enough nutrients or calories, when my entire body is screaming for nourishment I can't give it, my stomach and intestines feel like I've been eating bricks or concrete, and I have a headache that makes it hard to concentrat... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:20:06 EST Hey! New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x43074214 Howdy! My name is autumn and I am 22 years old. I was diagnosed with GERD and Gastroparesis at the age of 18. I am having a hard time dealing with this because I feel and looked bloated all the time because my food won't digest. I have always been a somewhat fit person until now. I have to push even harder than ever before to loose weight and to feel good about my body ( stomach). I have not found a way to manage this very well. I am an athletic trainer so I know how I should eat and a genera... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:31:54 EST Hi..New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x42787051 I am so excited to find this team. I never dreamed I would find a team for gp on a weight loss/manage ment site..So far most of the communication with others with gp have been with those who can't gain weight not those who need to lose it. I have been so frustrated in the past week with the whole weight loss deal.. I can't eat the things that you are "supposed " to eat to lose weight and no one seems to get it. Now finally some people that just might understand. I have read thru some of the p... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 23:02:27 EST In spite of the reality, I remain optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x42537880 Hello everyone, I was recently "officially" diagnosed with GP although in retrospect, I've had it for quite some time. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 34 years ago and have been fortunate enough to avoid most long term complications, until GP. After years of trying to ignore my reality and save everyone else around me, I invested the time and perseverence into getting a diagnosis for my stomach discomfort. It has been frustrating because my doctors would assume I was a non-compliant dia... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:33:27 EST Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x42402193 I'm fairly new to this team, but was diagnosed with Gastroparesis about 2 years ago. Learning to live with this condition has been a continuous, on-going process (and sometimes quite a challenge). Although my tolerance of various foods and beverages oftentimes changes on a daily basis, I am becoming more familiar with those particular items that cause problems on a consistent basis. I believe that joining this team and being able to share thoughts and experiences with others will prove to ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:22:55 EST Hello - New to This Diagnosis (Sort of) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x42396481 Hi, my name is Kathy and I want to thank Amy for inviting me to this team! I am so suprised to find this team here - I didn't know that gastroparesis affects so many people. I don't actually have a diagnosis of gastroparesis though. I've been going through the symptoms for years and all of the multiple tests for over 2 months now. My Gastroenterologist is leaning more toward functional dyspepsia, which is less severe than gastroparesis but has most of the same symptoms. I've learned so m... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:07:26 EST I have gastroparesis and chronic pancreatitis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x42220400 Hi!! Everyone!! <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle. I am a 42 year old christian SAHM. I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis 5/17 and gastroparesis 6/3 (today). Talk about stomach trouble. I was thrilled to find hear gastroparesis...for just a minute. It meant I was not crazy, there was something wrong other than pancreatitis. Then I read about the symptoms, diet, treatment etc. All I can say is "What does this mean I can eat?" I was told low fat/low carb, no spicey foods diet for pan... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 19:23:07 EST Newly diagnosed and glad for support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x41825685 Good evening, <BR> <BR> I'm four days in to adapting to a new diet for gastroparesis. Using the nutrition recorder on SparkPeople is helping me a lot. It's weird to be cutting fiber when that was a focus before. Haven't tried to eat out yet. I need to get more foods sorted out. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being out there. I will read some of the messages to learn from you. You are welcome to "friend" me since I don't have any friends yet. <BR> <BR> Best wishes. Sat, 14 May 2011 20:48:10 EST Morning everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x41733623 I never knew there was a group for this! For the longest time I thought GP was something my doctor made up to make me feel better.... <BR> <BR> Hi everybody, I'm Tentacles and I have GP. I'm 25 years old, and have all the other problems as well. GERD, IBS, GP, ulcers..the works. My doctors said I had GERD when I was just 16 years old. And his answer? Take a pill and go get some exercise. <BR> <BR> I tried every drug under the sun to try to limit the pain, some days it used to be so bad I ... Tue, 10 May 2011 08:10:22 EST Has anyone read these books? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x41514097 I've been looking around for books on GP and came across a couple that I was thinking of getting in my local library. I was wondering if anyone had read them and could offer reviews on them? Or could point me in the direction of other good GP related recipe books or other books. <BR> <BR> This one is just a story of one woman's journey with GP: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Offic<BR>ial-Patients-SourceBook-on-Gastropares<BR>is/Icon-Health-Publications/e/9780597832789 <BR> <BR> This ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:08:22 EST Bloating and What Might Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17343x26236x41431256 All-Natural Ways to Fight Bloating: Find out what you can eat to help ease gas, water retention and more <BR> By Amanda Greene <BR> Posted April 18, 2011 from WomansDay.com <BR> <BR> Most of us are familiar with bloating—that uncomfortable, swollen feeling in your belly. Whether the bloating is caused by water retention, gas or constipation, you don't necessarily need to head to the pharmacy right away to find relief. The edibles below may be able to help, thanks to their natural anti-bloat... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:50:32 EST A reason we can't get funding for research http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x41267668 <link>www.doctoroz.com/blog/lazy-stomach </link> <BR> <BR> G-PACT posted about this on their facebook page, asking people to go comment about how wrong this "doctor" is. She is claiming that non-diabetic GP is only caused by people being lazy. So far every single comment is ripping this "doctor" for this ridiculous idea and for spreading lies. Thought I would share this link so that our team could help point out the falsities of this blog. Sat, 16 Apr 2011 23:05:36 EST What are your "safe" foods & "trigger" foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x41097202 We all GP is so individual, but have you found any foods that you consider to be on your safe list or anything you know is probably going to trigger a flare up? <BR> <BR> For me, my safe foods (most of the time) seem to be mostly carbs- pasta, bread, crackers, mashed potatoes, baked fries- all in small amounts. <BR> <BR> Most soups are okay too. <BR> <BR> Trigger foods so far: full fat milk/dairy- am aok with the low fat versions just not full fat, ice cream, anything fried, coffee (aaahhh... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 14:07:41 EST Spring Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x41097106 Time for a change <em>224</em> <BR> Seems like there's alot of old / inactive threads on our team page & I know we have a few really active new members so... I thought it's time to spring clean the team page and hopefully get some more activity on here! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So..... <BR> <BR> Anyone have anything they want to share, vent or just chit chat- you found the right place! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great spring day!!! <BR> Now if only the weather would cooperate... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 14:02:21 EST Hello I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x40335566 Hello all. My name is Melinda. I'm 23 years old. I suffer from Ebstein-Barr Virus, Depression, Sleep Apnea, Fibromyalgia, and to beat it all I just found out a week ago that I have Gastroparesis. I've always had the symptoms but since I wasnt throwing up my doctor chalked it up to acid reflux and gave me medicine for that. After a year of that it never worked so I stopped taking it and just decided to push through the problems. Ignoring it basically. <BR> Now 10yrs later its gotten worse,... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 15:10:18 EST Who has tried to modify recipes to be GP friendly? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x38687817 I've been trying to modify a couple recipes I miss to be more GP friendly. I'm wondering if anyone else has been doing this and if you have any tips. Of course there is applesauce instead of oil in baking. I've replaced burger with ground chicken for hamburger helper. And there are so many choices of low/no fat possibilites now. <BR> <BR> Right now I am attempting to figure out a GP sugar cookie recipe. I made a batch tonight, making a few modifications with each cookie sheet. Unfortunately,... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 00:12:46 EST GP and holiday foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x38640468 Since I was just recently diagnosed with GP, this will be my first holiday dealing with it. I've been doing pretty well, on my own, with my diet, but now I will have to deal with the temptations of a full spread of food in front of me. But I know I will have to stick to my plan or pay the price with having pain later. <BR> <BR> I am making part of our food, so I made sure that the things I made are GP friendly, so at least I know there will be a few things I can eat. I told my mom to go ahea... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 15:20:51 EST A little about me, and tips that work for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x38600798 I've been with the GP team for about two weeks, but am finally getting around to introducing myself. The story of my horrible 2010 is long and complicated, but here's the GP part: <BR> <BR> Earlier this year I was given 4 GI diagnoses: ileitis, GERD, gastroparesis, and eosinophilic esophagitis. The ileitis is now healing after stopping the medication that caused it. I'm on pantoprazole for the GERD and hoping to ease off it eventually. The eosinophilic esophagitis is basically white blood ce... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 23:50:52 EST Erythromycin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x38327513 I just started Erthromycin last Thursday; 250mg twice per day, 15 minutes before breakfast and dinner. <BR> My doctor told me I would know in two weeks if it's working or not; so far I haven't noticed that it is. I just wondered if anyone else has taken this how long it took before you felt better. <BR> <BR> I still have pain in my stomach, though I'm not sure if it's a side effect, or the fact that my gastritis isn't healed yet. I also have acid reflux. <BR> <BR> I just found out Thursday ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 17:48:06 EST Just found out today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x38254100 I have had a long history of GERD and IBS; I also have stage IV breast cancer. I noticed an increase in my GERD symptoms about 3 months ago, when my chemo regimen was changed. I was also having bloating and chest pain. I was referred to a gastro doctor and had a gastric emptying study done; mine was 30%. I was told today I have gastroparesis. <BR> <BR> I also had radiation to my spine last January and February, and some of that radiation passed through my stomach, so I am thinking that might... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 18:29:52 EST Gastric "Pacemaker" aka Enterra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17343x26236x38233675 This has been available since 2000, but information is now becoming more available about how the device has been working for GP patients. Here is the link to the Enterra website and a few others. <BR> <BR> <link>www.medtronic.com/your-health/gastro<BR>paresis/device/our-gastroparesis-produ<BR>ct/enterra-neurostimulator/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/<BR>cfdocs/cftopic/pma/pma.cfm?num=H990014 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 19:35:33 EST NEW GP DEVICE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x38227146 There is a new internal electronic device put out by Medtronics called Enterra that can cure GP. Research it for yourself. I'm going to discuss it with my GI doctor. I'd like to have your impression before I see him on the 21st of the month. Thanks. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:49:09 EST Clinical Research http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17343x26236x38136050 Research that has been listed by the Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium that you can join or learn something from: <BR> <BR> <link>www.jhucct.com/gpcrc/ </link> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:35:35 EST Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17343x26236x38135910 This is a recommended diet from the Jackson/Siegelbaum GI Practice in PA. It's worth looking at to see if there's something that you might not have thought about trying. For others, it might be a good place to start. And, of course, avoid the foods that make you sick because you can't digest them. <BR> <BR> <link>www.gicare.com/diets/Gastroparesis.a<BR>spx </link> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:23:34 EST Medications Used to Treat GP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17343x26236x38135591 The two most commonly prescribed antibiotics that are use to treat GP (because the side effects of the antibiotics can sometimes get the stomach to either start or complete the digestive process), are Erythromycin and Azithromycin. Here is information about both and how they are different. <BR> <BR> <link>www.differencebetween.net/science/he<BR>alth/difference-between-azithromycin-a<BR>nd-erythromycin/ </link> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:51:18 EST GP Sites with Complete Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17343x26236x38135249 This link will take you to the Digestive Diseases Home: Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - one of the most credible sources on health issues you can find. <BR> <BR> The site explains practically everything you could want to know about GP, and it's easy to read. <BR> <BR> <link>digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pu<BR>bs/gastroparesis/index.htm </link> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:20:11 EST New GP drug .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x37399707 October 18, 2010 05:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time <BR> Tranzyme Pharma to Present TZP-102 Phase 2 Data Showing Decrease in Severity of Symptoms of Gastroparesis <BR> <BR> Oral Presentation During the Plenary Session for Functional GI Disorders at the 2010 American College of Gastroenterology Meeting (ACG) in San Antonio, TX October 20, 2010 <BR> <BR> RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tranzyme Pharma announced today that John Wo, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director, Clinical R... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 05:53:55 EST Fall Into Winter Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x37255832 Hope everyone is doing good! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:48:51 EST GP and pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x37054662 I was diagnosed with GP 2 years ago. I finally had it under control, but now I am pregnant and it is way worse. I hadn't even thought about the fact it would be worse when pregnant since pregnancy causes the stomach to digest slower than normal. <BR> If I just eat toast, rolls, white rice, then my nausea is very mild (still the morning sickness as I am only 12 weeks along). But I am really starting to hate bread. I made the mistake of eating salad for dinner last night, it tasted amazing!... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 01:48:09 EST Something on your "Bucket List" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x36740794 A helicopter ride Thu, 16 Sep 2010 23:18:43 EST A-Z Grocery Store Items http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x36740759 Apricots Thu, 16 Sep 2010 23:16:56 EST Something I am grateful for! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x36585292 My Spark friends! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 15:18:31 EST Five letter words, A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x36585242 Alpha order for 5 letter words. <BR> <BR> APPLE Thu, 9 Sep 2010 15:15:01 EST Change a letter or its order! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x36585148 Here's an easy one that a lot of Sparkies like. In this game, you can change ONE letter AND/OR its order to form a new word. Here we go: <BR> <BR> START (first word) <BR> <BR> TARTS Thu, 9 Sep 2010 15:09:00 EST September: The end of summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x36449919 Yes! Autumn is just about three weeks away! I'm dreaming of cooler temps, drier air, leaves starting to turn color {pinch, pinch!} ..... darn it! I'm still in Florida! <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Lucky Thu, 2 Sep 2010 20:11:37 EST A little bit confused and not very educated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x36064907 Okay, this might be long but I need to get my full story out there and see if there is anyone who can give me some information because I am very confused! About two years ago I started having some acid pains in my stomach and so I just started taking over the counter acid reducers. It started to get increasingly worse so I decided to go to the doctor. She asked me a bunch of questions like does the acid ever come up out of my stomach and I said no. It stays in the stomach. She gave me a coupl... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 11:56:49 EST Hello to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x35910428 Hello fellow team members! <BR> <BR> I know it has been a very long time since I have been on here and hope you are all doing well. I have been plagued by some very unfortunate events these past several months and have still been struggling to make it through. It is very refreshing to see that our little team has grown and that you are all supporting each other. I am hoping that each day will get a little easier and that life will settle down a bit. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for listenin... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 23:20:49 EST August: Month of beauty, love, marriage, family... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x35770930 Happy August!!!! <BR> <BR> May beauty and love surround you and yours during this month!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>214</em> <em>247</em> <em>214</em> <em>247</em> <em>214</em> <em>247</em> <em>214</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:34:44 EST A - Z Tell 5 things about you in 3 words or less http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x35463394 A - Animal lover <BR> B - Bad cook <BR> C - Christian <BR> D - Dehydrate easy <BR> E - Eat veggies daily <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Next user would be <BR> I <BR> J <BR> K <BR> L <BR> M <BR> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 14:54:16 EST Welcome to July!! Red, white and definitely blue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x35147696 <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the beginning of July! Time for a new monthly chat thread, better health and good friends! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>88</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 15:29:25 EST lipase http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x34957862 can lipase levels go up with gastroparesis Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:35:28 EST June's Chat thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x34551632 <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Happy June first! Here's our official June chat thread! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:04:53 EST What can I eat that is healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x34529505 Hello all. I am a 30 something with two special needs kids in grad school for nurse anesthesia...can you spell stress? Anyways my GI doc believes it is gastroparesis and recommended a low fiber diet such as with diverticulitis. Sadly there are just not many resources that I can find. My specialty is critical care, not nutrition so I am at a loss as to how to eat nutritiously with this. <BR> I have terrible problems with belching and vomiting with salads, asparagus, and on occasions with fi... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 00:28:35 EST I need: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x34323057 Tell us what you need. Do you need prayer? Positive thinking? An ear or shoulder? Do you need to vent - about anything you need to get out of your system? <BR> <BR> Do you need someone to help you try to dig up more information on something, or find a way to make sense of what your doctor is telling you? <BR> <BR> You can bring it to the team here on this thread, or you can Spark Mail me if you want/need confidentially, or even email me at my home: SequoyiaSun@bellsouth.net. <BR> <BR> Don... Sun, 23 May 2010 03:06:26 EST May Flowers ... Chat Thread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x33845581 Here's our May Chat Thread! All are welcome!!! <BR> <BR> Our chat thread is welcome for chats, vents, rants, raves, prayer requests ... we're here for everyone! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lucky <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> Sun, 2 May 2010 01:12:02 EST Oooh... there are others! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x33837413 Hi all! I'm sorry you are here, because that means you have tummy problems, too. But I'm glad to meet you, at the same time! Because it means I'm not alone. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all are well, today!! Sat, 1 May 2010 16:45:27 EST Hi guys! :] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x33198124 I'm Peg, 22, from the St. Louis MO area. I'm engaged to a wonderful guy [6.5 years!] and "mom" to a bunch of furballs. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with GP about a year ago after throwing up for 2 years [3.5 now!] I also have severe GERD and IBS with constipation. I've had to have multiple polyps removed from my esophagus and I go every year for an endoscope to make sure my Barretts Esophagus is under control. I also have PTSD and Bipolar. I worked as a Vet Tech until they had to let me go [run... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 19:23:48 EST Do you track when you puke? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x33197631 Hi! I'm new to Spark People & this team. :] <BR> <BR> I was wondering how everyone handles tracking the foods & beverages you end up throwing up. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Sun, 4 Apr 2010 18:46:31 EST A-Z things you buy at Wal-Mart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x33127452 Applesauce Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:11:33 EST Two Emoticons, Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x33127318 <em>474</em> <em>277</em> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:06:43 EST Today's Points from the Spark Wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x33127083 How good did you do? How many possible points were there? <BR> I got 3 out of a possible 100! <BR> <BR> 3/100 <BR> <em>20</em> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:58:35 EST April showers? April flowers? Chat thread.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x33118733 Do April flowers bring May showers? Or is it "April showers bring May flowers?" Hmmmmm...... <BR> <BR> Either way, this is where our April chat thread starts! Hope to hear from you all! <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> <em>87</em> <em>27</em> <em>126</em> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>125</em> <em>87</em> <em>27</em> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 00:27:56 EST Botox Injection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x33053702 Well, I have been scheduled to have a Botox injection to see if it can relax my pyloric muscle so that food can pass through more easily...the Domperidone didn't work and I am pretty frustrated...slowly, my food consumption is lessening and lessening...I am not willing to try the pacemaker yet as it is so new and experimental. <BR> <BR> My GI doc said that he has had decent success with the Botox, so cross your fingers, y'all. <BR> <BR> If anyone has had this procedure, please, let me know ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:24:53 EST Need ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x32777853 Alright I've been on liquid meals like ensure/boost etc for about a month and we're going to try going back to regular meals but no fruits, vegetables, fiber/complex carbs, lean meats, fish, potatoes, peanut butter, or nuts. <BR> <BR> Anyone have suggestions for anything left I can have that's healthy? <BR> <BR> There's a low carb/high protein yogurt and a high protein powerbar I tolerate well but other than those everything else I can think of isn't "healthy". Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:08:31 EST introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x32695974 hi my name is Tieesha and i just found out last year that i have gastroparesis and lupus. I went from184 to 94 pounds. I go months without food because when my stomach act up nothing will stay on my stomach. It's hard to go from eating anything that you can to can't hardly eat anything thing at all. At first i thought well those doctors dont know what their talking about I'm going to eat my food that i want. But after almost four years I realize that I have to just listen I try to find out wh... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 23:16:13 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x32534482 I'm Jen, and I'm new to this group. I was so happy to have found this group, and look forward to being part of it. I was diagnosed as having severe gastroparesis after having been admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain in mid February. I was lucky in that the ER doctor caved to my whining and decided to consult with the GI doctor who was at the hospital just then. He had wanted to send me home, not really fully believing how severe my pain was. My GI doc is awesome, and first did a... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:54:30 EST Marching into Spring Conversation Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x32330224 Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> I don't know about you all, but I'm SO happy that March is here! March is full of all kinds of things to celebrate and enjoy: Daylight Savings Time begins on the 14th; St. Patrick's Day (17th); First Day of Spring on the 20th, and rounding out the month are Palm Sunday (28th) and the First Day of Passover on the 30th. <BR> <BR> So get that Spring fever and pass it on!!! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>128</em> <em>87</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>87</em> <em>288</em> <e... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 00:41:43 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x32114383 Hi there. I am new to Gastroparesis, just diagnosed in Decemeber. My main problem is occasional out of nowhere extreme nausea. I can eat a small meal or snack or a huge meal and nothing. And then a one day can't move OMG I want to throw up. I never do, I take meds to prevent it. My main reason for being here is to see if anyone has taken anything for the nausea or what works for you guys. My Dr pretty much diagnosed me and said "Goodluck!" and Bye Bye. I don't take Reglan, as it interacts wit... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 23:02:02 EST Clinical Trials http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x32110505 Here are some current clinical trials that might be of interest. I'll try to keep the list updated! Sat, 20 Feb 2010 19:49:57 EST Domperidome Discussions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x32108059 There's a lot more discussions going on about domperidome these days. It's another possible alternative to help GPers, just like the stomach pace maker. <BR> <BR> I'll be cutting and pasting some of the info from our previous threads, links, and new information as it is found. It's good info for our new members and maybe a refresher for the rest of us. <BR> <BR> But the bottom line NOW is: It can be obtained so you can try it and continue to use it if it works for you. So there just might b... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 17:38:04 EST Looking forward to spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x32094661 Spring is just a month away (thankfully) and it is a time of new beginnings all the world. Please share how you are going to make a new beginning in your life? Sat, 20 Feb 2010 01:01:07 EST Two Words, Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x31778395 Change just one of the words in the previous pair. <BR> <BR> Hot Dog - Hot Fudge Sun, 7 Feb 2010 22:04:24 EST Use the Third Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x31778313 Name a new food by using the third letter of the previous word. <BR> <BR> Bread - Eggs Sun, 7 Feb 2010 22:01:16 EST Change a Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x31778252 This one's easy enough but there's a lot of fun to be had. Just change one letter, and you can even change the order, to make up an English word. <BR> <BR> mail - male Sun, 7 Feb 2010 21:58:41 EST Pacemaker for GP: An Alternative to Consider http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x31650849 Stomach pacemaker helps gastroparesis <BR> 1/25/2010 3:31 PM <BR> By: Ivanhoe Broadcast Services <BR> <BR> Stomach pacemaker <BR> <BR> The leading cause of gastroparesis is diabetes. People who have diabetes have high blood pressure, which can cause chemical changes in nerves and damage blood vessels. Over time, high blood pressure can damage the vagus nerve and thus leave it impaired. <BR> <BR> A few other causes of gastroparesis include viral infections, anorexia nervosa or bulimia, s... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 06:01:44 EST I have to vent! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x31631104 Ok; so I just have to vent today...I am angry, frustrated and just flat out pissed off and tired of dealing with this condition. <BR> <BR> I finally received the Domperidone and started on it on 1.19.10; 10mg - 3x per day...within the first week, my breasts became swollen and tender to the touch on the sides...I called my GI doc after about a week and communicated the side effects to him...if the side effects were not permanently damaging, I could live with them...however, he said to me that... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:42:05 EST February: Conversation Hearts!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x31583494 Happy February 1st!!!! <BR> <BR> Here's our new chat thread for the next 28 days... <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 00:12:26 EST A Gastroparesis Team - hot damn!..LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x31240007 Hey, y'all...around 2002-ish, I began to notice huge changes in my digestive system; i was gaining weight at a pretty rapid clip, was having cramps and abdominal pain a large amount of the time and was feeling like the food wasn't going anywhere after eating, sometimes resulting in vomiting it back up or feeling like I was going to vomit when I burped...i went to a few GI docs and was blown off with a diagnosis of IBS and was told to exercise more...in 2008, it was getting worse and worse; I ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 20:57:25 EST Happy Birthday Team Founder LINDA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x31184454 <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> Linda, <BR> <BR> Hope your special day is filled with laughter, making happy memories, and most of all, LOVE!!! <BR> <BR> Without you forming our team, we might not be here! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> <em>475</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 07:17:58 EST January '10: The Beginning of our new chat thread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x30658155 <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>410</em> <em>56</em> <em>283</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! May 2010 be THE YEAR that we reach goals, make and support friends, get and stay healthy, and appreciate the abundance of blessings that we might not even see, but are right in front of us. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Lucky <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>283</em> <em>56</em> <em>410</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 14:00:31 EST Food Issues (What works and doesn't) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x30597085 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm starting a new thread for us to use for any and all food issues we want to talk about. What foods are you able to eat/not eat? Found any good substitutions? Any links to websites that would help us learn to eat better even though we've got GP? <BR> <BR> By pooling our resources and knowledge, we can benefit our team and each other. <BR> <BR> Your thoughts, ideas, and info are appreciated!! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lucky Wed, 30 Dec 2009 00:07:47 EST Recipes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x30385337 Being a foodie with GP stinks, but I am starting to come up with food solutions that are both tasty and digestible. I'm thinking of putting together a website, but I'd love more recipes to include! <BR> <BR> Here's one I made last night: <BR> <BR> Carrot, Fennel & Leek soup <BR> (note -- fennel is not only tasty, but it is a known digestive aid as well!) <BR> <BR> 1 lb carrots <BR> 1 fennel bulb <BR> 1 large leek (1-1.5 inch diameter) <BR> 1 can chicken broth <BR> 1 tbsp olive oil <BR> 2 t... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 12:14:54 EST Christmas cheer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x30337738 Q: Where do snowpeople go to dance? <BR> A: To snowballs. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 22:01:59 EST Christmas memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x30337707 What was your favorite Christmas and why? Mon, 14 Dec 2009 22:00:21 EST nauseous at night, pain in the morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x30193233 I've noticed that even when I don't eat for a few hours before bed, I feel nausea as soon as I lay down. It isn't so much that I can't fall asleep, but it is really uncomfortable. Then, when I wake up in the morning, I have abdominal pain and have lots of trouble eating anything at all for breakfast -- even drinking a small amount of liquid makes me nauseous. I don't know if these two things are related, but I was wondering if anyone had any advice for helping with either problem. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:40:28 EST thought I had it for 3 years, now confirmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x30073194 Hi all. I thought I had gastroparesis for 3 years ever since an endoscopy found food in my stomach after 10 hours. But then I had an emptying study (where you eat the radioactive eggs) and my Dr. (from a student health center) at the time told me the negative result from that test said I didn't. Now I finally have real insurance and got to see a gastroenterologist and he says I definitely have it. So I'm somewhat confused, but at least I have a diagnosis. I'm looking forward to seeing whateve... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 17:59:44 EST December Chats, Ideas, Rants, Hellos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x30067026 <BR> This will start our December Chat thread. Use this thread for whatever you need it for. With more holidays on the way, there will be more stress, and also more well wishes! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>446</em> <em>443</em> <em>501</em> <em>236</em> <em>174</em> <em>444</em> <em>19</em> <em>499</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <em>500</em> <em>460</em> <em>247</em> <em>407</em> <em>425</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 13:06:36 EST Let's talk about lettuce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x29502374 Like most of you I haven't been able to eat a salad in years. It sucks. Even one small piece of lettuce on a sandwich can send me to the bathroom to vomit. <BR> <BR> My husband LOVES salads. Loves them. I honestly think that lettuce is one of his favorite foods. He'd eat a grilled chicken or grilled steak salad every day of the week if he could. <BR> <BR> I am the primary cook so I never (obviously) plan salad as our dinner. I want to serve him what he wants and I know that it's health... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 16:59:21 EST How does GP affect your work-life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x29502086 I am really struggling lately. The vomiting has gotten worse and my stress level is through the roof. I am overly emotional, on edge, snapping at my husband and kids and definitely suffering some mild depression. <BR> <BR> The general situation for me is that I work full-time at a job that I dislike (there's nothing wrong with it, I just don't like it). I am mom to 2 kids. We are following a very strict budget to pay off our debts as fast as possible so that I can quit my job and stay ho... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 16:44:04 EST November Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x29452953 Here we are - at the beginning of a new month, but with only about 60 days left in the year! Where has the time gone! <BR> <BR> It'll be a busy month: work, time change, Veteran's Day, and of course, Thanksgiving! Lot of things to look forward to and all of them can bring their own amount of stress. <BR> <BR> Let's stay in touch with each so we can help each other de-stress and come up with ideas on how to get through everything and try to keep our GP from getting worse. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <B... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 19:27:16 EST Hello I am new to your team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x29341211 Hi Everyone, <BR> I am 29 and I have have had GP for 4 years now. I got the stomach flu from my mom right after Thanksgiving and I have been sick since then. I have had a series of jobs, I find it hard to stay very long because I sit up sick at nights. My husband bought me an adjustable TemperPedic mattress that seems to help on bad nights. I have learned to manage my disease through exercise. I am a certified personal trainer, I want to help others feel better like I do. I have not cur... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:37:19 EST Domperidone Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x29015404 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I have not been online, I have had some complications with meds and have been sick. I just wanted to warn anyone taking domoperidone to be careful. I was just pulled off of it last weekend. I had been taking it for the last 2 months and it stopped my ovulation. My prolactin levels are really high and my doctors are worried. Right now I can't take any meds until my period comes back so eating is difficult. Once my cyle starts up again I will be put back on Reglan... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 08:26:57 EST New Member-Tiff 1480 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x28830684 Hi my name is Tiffany. I'm new to Spark. I have Gastroparesis and am currently taking Motillum for my condition. I still have to watch what I eat very carefully and usually end up getting sick or in pain due to foods I eat. Honestly, I have not received much guidance on what's good to eat and not with my disorder. So any help you can provide would be greatly appriciated. <BR> <BR> I have struggled to lose the last 15-20 lbs that really need to come off. So I'm really going to try hard this ... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 13:58:00 EST October Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x28818825 <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Hey there! <BR> <BR> It's October already! Time for the leaves to turn colors and fall off the trees! LOL At least we'll get some cardio raking those darn leaves! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2009 20:04:16 EST Make a sentence using LAST WORD as the first word. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x28242900 Autumn is my favorite season. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 18:15:48 EST September Chat Thread :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x28100672 Alright! September is FINALLY here! This past summer seems to have raced right by, but I don't think I'll be missing it. <BR> <BR> Here's to a better month!!! May it bring all of us better health, less stress, and comfort for us and those we love! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lucky Tue, 1 Sep 2009 09:40:07 EST Summer ABC Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x27894712 What reminds you of summer? In alpha order, let's list what summer is to us (sunblock, or maybe sunburn!) We can make it as fun and funny as we want! Sun, 23 Aug 2009 12:55:19 EST Encouraging Words We Can Use http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x27894485 We all can use uplifting and inspirational words, phrases, sentences to help us in our everyday struggles. In this topic, ANYONE can contribute a quote that helps them and they want to share. Feel free to tell us why it works for you if you want. But please tell us who said these words of wisdom. They deserve the credit! Sun, 23 Aug 2009 12:44:52 EST Domperidone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x27746230 * What do we know about this medication that the FDA refuses to make legal? <BR> * Did you know that there are quite a few clinical studies going on in the US? <BR> * What are the side effects of taking domperidone? <BR> * And is it even better than the other meds commonly used for GP? <BR> * Is it safer? <BR> * Did you know that you CAN get this medication in the US, and do you know how? <BR> <BR> Let's ask questions and get answers on this often-talked about medication. I bet there's ... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 19:44:05 EST GP: Symptoms, Tests, Treatments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x27671755 Gastroparesis <BR> By: Frank Friedenberg, M.D. and Henry Parkman, M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA <BR> <BR> Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the stomach empties very slowly. The delay in stomach emptying can result in bothersome symptoms that interfere with a patient’s life. Gastroparesis most often occurs when the nerves to the stomach are damaged or don’t work properly. <BR> <BR> Diabetes is the most common cause of gastroparesis. Gastroparesis can also... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 06:52:51 EST August Discussions, Chats, Howdies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x27382792 Here's our August thread. New month, new thread! I predict August will be busy again, but better than previous month! HECK YEAH!!!! <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 31 Jul 2009 13:46:03 EST Hello, from Missouri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x26837090 Hello! I was just diagnosed 3 weeks ago. I have a long history story...but shortened version is I had LapBand done in June '07. It ate through my stomach and was removed Jan. '09. Since then I'd had constant acid reflux that started about 1 1/2 weeks post surgery. I finally gave in and went to have an Upper GI done, worrying about all the acid reflux and esophogial cancer (my hubby's ex-wife developed this from acid reflux so he was concerned). <BR> <BR> The Gastro doc came back in apologiz... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 16:10:09 EST Quick! The first word that comes to mind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x26817533 when you see the word (and don't forget to leave one too!): <BR> <BR> Mud Mon, 6 Jul 2009 21:12:03 EST July Chat Thread: Welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x26690729 Happy July 1st! Hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th! <BR> <em>283</em> <em>491</em> <em>232</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 00:07:51 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x26202965 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to this so bare with me! My name is Heather Ritchie and I am a 30 year old with Gastroparesis and Colon Motility problems. I am looking forward to learning new things from everyone and meeting new people!! Good luck everyone with your health and diet goals!!! <BR> <BR> Heather R Tue, 9 Jun 2009 22:45:50 EST A-Z game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x25966035 This starts a new and improved version of our former A-Z foods. Since we've finished the alphabet of foods, let's start the A-Z game with something different!!! <BR> <BR> Someone other than me has to start the game though! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 06:44:40 EST Stress & GP: How Can We Deal With It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x25965850 This is a new thread dedicated to helping each other deal with stress. Stress is known to make gastroparesis worse, so managing our stress has to become a priority -- since we're limited in what we can do to make GP tolerable. <BR> <BR> Please share what works for you, what ideas you've heard, what doesn't seem to help. Let's find ways to cope with stress and see if our GP issues improve! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2009 06:30:27 EST June Chat Thread: Join in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x25965770 It's June 1st! <BR> <BR> Here's our new chat thread for the month. Maybe it would be a good idea to start a fresh one for each month. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day, a wonderful week, and a marvelous month!!! <BR> <BR> Yay!!! It's June!! <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2009 06:22:56 EST Have You Ever....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x25947344 Pretty easy and a great way to get to know your team members! <BR> <BR> You answer the question, and then ask one! <BR> <BR> First question: <BR> Have you ever driven a motorcycle? Sun, 31 May 2009 11:58:24 EST Happy Birthday Diva!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x25574245 Hope you have a wonderful day! Enjoy! Fri, 15 May 2009 23:03:43 EST ABC What's in your 'Frig? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x25487288 Simple enough: An alphabetical list of the things in our refrigerator. <BR> <BR> I'll start: Apples Tue, 12 May 2009 20:09:05 EST Substitutions for food we can't eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x24842292 This might be useful for everyone. As we each discover what we can no longer eat, either in the form we liked, or even not eat it at all, we could share what we're using/doing for a replacement. <BR> <BR> For example, when I could no longer eat fried fish, I substituted soft broiled fish. Unfortunately, fish is now off my list (as is any form of meat, fish or seafood). <BR> <BR> Lucky Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:30:42 EST Perpetual Trivia for Dummies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x24842148 The rules are pretty simple. The answers have to be in the questions, and the questions can be about anything. TV, history, geography, science... the list goes on, or the answer is so obvious that you either have to be on a tropical island with no internet the last few years, or holed up in a cave. Example questions: What was the last name of the family in the old Adams Family show, what state is on the western boundary of Virginia? The person who answers the question asks the next question a... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:23:32 EST Word Game - 5 letters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x24842050 In case you haven't played this one, you take the last word formed and change one letter to make a new word. The letters can be arranged differently, but you can only change a maximum of one letter to form your new word. Example: "blend to bends," <BR> The next entry could be "bends to mends" <BR> <BR> Got it? Good! Let's start with: <BR> <BR> dream to drama Sun, 19 Apr 2009 13:18:28 EST stress and GP symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x24358938 O.K. I work in a hospital, so you would think that in all my years of medicine, someone could CURE STUPID!!!! Well, you are wrong, they will find a cure for xyz disease before we can cure that!!! lol lol.. Anywho..... <BR> I find myself that the more I stress, my GP KICKS into HIGH HIGH GEAR!!! I know that with me stress is a huge factor in my GP acting out. I have tried deep breathing, taking a walk, taking a break for like 5 secs, but in a hosp. that is not an easy thing to do. It just m... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:25:47 EST When's Your Birthday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x24308047 Come on! You can tell us when your special day is! We'll send you a birthday greeting so you'll know we're thinking about you! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>475</em> <em>271</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 17:19:37 EST Feedback for new information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x24307507 What do you think of the information found on the links I posted today? Tell me which ones seem harder to understand, which are helpful, and any questions I can try to find more information on through the web. <BR> <BR> If knowledge is power, then watch out! lol <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Lucky Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:57:19 EST What foods work for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x23383948 I thought it would be nice to share what foods we have found that don't make your stomach hate you. I know I need all the ideas I can get. <BR> <BR> One thing I found that works great as a snack is the Baked Lays potato chips. Low fat and by the time you are done chewing them up, the saliva has broken down the carbs so much that there really isn't anything left to swallow...equaling less in the tummy. I dip it in fat free sour cream with fat free ranch powder mixed in. Great snack! <BR> ... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 21:59:49 EST BAD, BAD, BAD!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x23355260 O.K. I am at confessional.. I was horrible to my body the other day. It really let me know it and it should have. I have been doing SO well, with my eating and keeping up with calories and salt intake and things like that. Well, I was having a bad day and thought, "screw it" I am going to have a cheeseburger and feel better.. ha ha ha.. was I wrong. Cheeseburgers used to be one of my comfort foods. Well, they are not my ANYTHING anymore. I got me a cheeseburger, put stuff on it, sat down to e... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 00:47:55 EST recurring symptoms/ or IT'S BACK!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x23355058 O.K. when I went to the gastro dr. he told me that sometimes people just get over having GP. For about 6-7 months now, I had been introducing some of the foods that I had not been able to eat back into my food intake, little at a time, and it worked. Kept going,not many things and did not have any problems, and then BAM out of no where, I get the most gosh awful cramps, nausea and PAIN like I have never felt, even giving birth to a 9lb. child naturally was nothing like this!!!!! But I real... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 00:33:44 EST A-Z seven letter words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x23212034 attempt <BR> <BR> (next word would start with B and have seven letters; continue on through the alphabet and then start over). Tue, 24 Feb 2009 12:58:01 EST Food: Use the last letter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x23211913 Use the last letter of a food to name another food. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> Cake <BR> <em>475</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 12:54:53 EST Five responses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x23211818 What are the first five responses that come to your mind when you see the last posted question or statement? <BR> <BR> AND don't forget to ask the next question, or add a statement, for the next team member to respond to. <BR> <BR> I'll start: Why did you change your hair color? Tue, 24 Feb 2009 12:51:56 EST Tell us about yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x23105800 We're interested in who you are, how you're doing, what makes you YOU! Information that you could include: where you're from, your age, your birth day, single/married/other, kids?, do you work outside the home?, what do you like to do for fun? These are just some suggestions. Fri, 20 Feb 2009 22:10:55 EST back again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x23056290 Hey!! 2008isgreat is me. I was then I wasn't, now I am. <BR> The gallbladder does something wonderful..it digests foods that we really we were not to eat in combinations or for a specific time of year. <BR> In the summer we eat certain foods, and in the winter we eat other foods...seasonal foods keep the flora in balance. <BR> My nutritionist is a fast food/prep food junkie. I have so many packaged foods and canned foods it is ridicules...So I have riddled myself of them and going back to g... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:57:01 EST Create a New Song Title http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x22486264 OK, here's a new one. Change a word from the old song to make a new one........("a," "the," and other minor words don't count). <BR> <BR> I'll start. <BR> <BR> LOVE SHACK <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:52:38 EST Geography Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x22485633 First player states a geographical place name - City, State, Country or Region (ex. "Sahara" or "Far East") <BR> <BR> The next player must then come up with the name of a City/State/Country/Region which begins with the last letter of the previously stated word. I'll get the ball rolling: <BR> <BR> ICELAND Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:30:44 EST Keep one, drop one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x22485582 Keep one word, drop one word, then add another word to complete a two-word phrase, object, idea, etc., For example: Gold Box...Gold Earring...Ring Earring...Wedding ring, etc. <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:28:54 EST Just Checking In to Chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x22461340 Wanting to ask a question or for support? Let us know so we can be there for you! <BR> <BR> Need a place to chat? Feeling like saying Hi? <BR> <BR> C'mon over! Sat, 31 Jan 2009 22:49:05 EST How are you diagnosed for Gastroparesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x22101635 I am having occasional severe digestive problems and am bloated from under my breasts to the lowest area of the abdomen and belch excessively. Since having gallbladder surgery I can't digest any greens, onion or peppers. It use to be only iceberg lettuce I couldn't digest and occasionally onions and peppers I was wondering if I might have Gastroparesis? <BR> What are the symptoms? Wed, 21 Jan 2009 09:56:21 EST What other Health Problems are you Experiencing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x22003125 Gastroparesis (GP) is usually accompanied by other health issues. What are you having trouble with? Does GP make it harder for your other health issues? Or has GP been the beginning of other health problems? Sun, 18 Jan 2009 16:02:04 EST Let it out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x22002943 Here's a place for us to express our frustrations, anger, sadness, elation, happiness, success...whatever we need to get out in the open that maybe no one else wants to hear. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <em>28</em> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <em>234</em> <em>30</em> <em>20</em> <em>41</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 15:56:41 EST Glad i am not alone.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x21410781 Hi! I am new to here, just unfortunately not new to Gastroparesis. I was diagnosed 2 years ago, after almost 5 years of trying to figure out where my abd. pain was coming from. You can imagine that me being in the health field and not knowing what was going on was 10x worse. I have like many of you been struggling with weight gain and weight loss issues. I am currently taking EES ( Erythromycin ) as an RX for my gastro. I have been instructed like many to take the Dom Peri for mine, but can n... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 08:26:40 EST 2009: New start? Renewed goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x21366520 What do you want to do for the new year? Will you be refreshing your 2008 goals? Or making brand new resolutions? Do you believe in resolutions? Why or why not? Thu, 1 Jan 2009 22:20:10 EST Suggestions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x20671056 Any suggestions that you all have regarding the site -- improvements, additions, subtractions, whatever -- would be so greatly appreciated! This site is for you, so tell us your ideas! Wed, 3 Dec 2008 18:17:59 EST Christmas Wishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x20670998 I thought it would be nice if we started a forum for the things we'd like to see happen, or things on our lists!, that include not only us, but our families, friends and beyond. <BR> <BR> This time of year is always filled with good tidings and cheer! Here's a great place to share yours! <BR> <BR> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>144</em> <em>174</em> <em>188</em> <em>19</em> <em>196</em> <em>113</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2008 18:15:01 EST The Name Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x20668449 This game is super easy to learn, but can be really challenging in coming up with another name. Here's how it goes: use the FIRST letter of the LAST name from the previous response to respond with your answer. Names can include celebrities, sports figures, fictional characters from books and movies, religious leaders, musicians. If it's someone that you might be the only one familiar with, then give us a clue. <BR> <BR> I've started it for a little inspiration. Have fun! Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:20:36 EST Yucky or Yummy?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8573x26236x20668340 This is pretty fun and easy to catch on to. It's as easy as responding to the food mentioned by the last period on the thread, AND mentioning another food so someone else can respond to it. Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:16:29 EST this is awsome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x19562101 Hi I'm marge, this is a great idea. IBS and gerd is not enough. I hope there will be more joining is so this will be a great informative site. Looking forward to your reads, what to eat, how to make your day a healthy mental journey. Leaving GERD/IBS. <BR> Thank you sooo much <em>224</em> <BR> I've had Gastrop all of my life...swallowing, marbles in the throat etc. but now at 58yrs old it has reeked havoc. Food intolerances due to Gastrop. so now I am on soft foods. Ideas needed on what... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 14:15:55 EST What helps you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x26236x19421275 I just thought I would ask what works best for everyone when dealing with this. Have you eliminated certain things or are you on meds or something? I meet with the GI doc next thursday to go over treament options. Until then i've been avoiding high fiber and meat products as much as possible just to avoid the pain. Fri, 17 Oct 2008 12:36:39 EST Gastroparesis patient http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x19207709 Hi there! I am new to this board, so please bear with me as I learn about this site. <BR> <BR> My name is Annie, and I was diagnosed about 5 weeks ago that I have gastroparesis. I meet with a nutritionist next week so I can get some better ideas on what I can eat. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight for quite some time and my doctor told me that if I did not quit what I was doing, she was going to recommend me for gastric bypass. I am to see her next week also, so it'll be interesting to he... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 21:06:35 EST hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x26236x18983606 i just found out monday that i have this condition. not on any meds yet, but i have to go back to see the doc to talk about my options. i too never heard of this until just recently. Wed, 1 Oct 2008 22:51:55 EST