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4/27/13 11:58 P

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I'm sorry that I missed you had posted.

To be honest, I'm shocked he's preferring an endoscopy over a GES, based upon what I know from hundreds of hours of research and from all the testing I've been through (2 endoscopies and 3 GES, plus multiple other tests). Of course NSAIDS do erode the digestive tract (4 years of prescription Naproxen opened up bleeding sores in my small intestine which healed when I stopped the meds) and diabetic GP is the most common form.

I'm curious about what he plans for treatment, considering treatment is most often based upon the GES. Hopefully he has some good insight though and you'll be helped. Be sure to share your results with us and how the treatment is going. We're here for you, no matter what happens!

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4/22/13 7:21 A

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So the doctor thinks if I do have GP, it is mild compared to some. We are doing an endoscopy tomorrow to rule out issues from a maintenance NSAID. He said a gastic emptying study wouldn't change how he is going to treat me, so we don't do that right now. I am expecting him to find nothing on the endoscopy. I should have more news in a day or two.

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4/18/13 10:14 A

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An update... saw my doctor for my quarterly diabetes check, he still thinks it's gastroparesis. I have my first consultation with the GI doctor tomorrow. Not looking forward to it, but glad to be on the road to figuring out what is going on.

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2/1/13 5:31 P

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Welcome to the team! I would ask about a gastric emptying study, that is how my GP was diagnosed.


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I hope that you will check with your DR. and find the correct diagnosis. This is a great team to help you through the process of learning what works.

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1/6/13 3:59 P

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I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing such symptoms. Diabetic Gastroparesis is the most common form, affecting around 20 million people around the world. I highly encourage you to see a GI specialist and speak with them. There are several other conditions that have similar symptomology to GP and you definitely should receive all the tests to be sure you're getting diagnosed and treated properly.

Because you're having these symptoms, while you're waiting to get in to see the GI doctor you can try eating less fat and less fiber to aid in digestion. Fat and Fiber are the 2 hardest to digest macronutrients, so eating less of them will allow your digestive system to work better. Also, pay close attention to how you eat. Chew your food well and eat slowly. Eating quickly adds air into the belly which causes extra burping. Do not drink liquids while eating (except rare sips to help with swallowing); finish drinking a half hour before eating and wait a half hour to an hour after eating before drinking again. These should help you until you can see a GI doctor. Also, be extremely careful with your blood sugars. Diabetic GP is due to nerve damage similar to neuropathy in the legs and feet, so the more blood sugar is out of control the more damage can occur.

If you have questions, please let me know so I can help and/or point you in a direction for more information.

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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.

Sooo, I may or may not have GP, but I'm here to learn. My episodes last about 24-36 hours. I don't normally have two this close together. Right now I am trying to track and learn, and see if I need to ask my doctor to explore this further. Thanks in advance for any words of adivce or encouragement.

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