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8/13/13 5:15 P

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Welcome to the team! I was diagnosed in December 2010; the hardest part for me was figuring out what I could eat and what I couldn't. A lot of it is trial and error.

My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, I am now in hospice care for metastatic breast cancer, but I'm not letting cancer stop me from Sparking!

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8/12/13 6:48 P

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Welcome to the team, Daphne. GP is definitely a challenge, and finding a doctor who knows more about it than 'some cases are caused by diabetes'. Some of us on this team have been living with GP for several years. The more you know about what GP is and what your body wants from you, the easier it can be (not that it's easy, just easier to handle).

Many cases of GP are from uncontrolled diabetes, but plenty of cases are ideopathic. Some people get it from a viral or bacterial infection, some from damage due to abdominal/stomach surgery or anorexia/bulemia, some from damage to the vagus nerve from some type of accident (hard fall, car crash, etc), some are from other medical conditions (mine is from a rare genetic condition), and some people have no idea what caused their case. If you can figure out what caused the problem it might help with determining treatment options, but if you don't know that's okay.

The GP diet (for those who can still eat some food) is low fat and low fiber, but each person will have to find what works for them. It's a process, but it is an important step. I have information about how to find what foods your body will accept in the team forums. If you need more explaination, let me know.

There are several treatments, but there is no cure - yet. Unfortunately, for most of us this is something we will deal with the rest of our lives, but finding a treatment that works and doing your best to be healthier will go a long way to having a higher quality of life. If your doctor didn't fully explain the side effects of Reglan, look it up and know what they are. Some of the side effects are very serious (one of which is tremors), so you should know what they are. If/When the side effects start happening then you need to see your doctor about them right away. Several people on our team have been on it - some for way longer than recommended -and one day the side effects started up and they were pretty scared. If it helps, that's good.

I have spent quite a bit of time researching GP and finding information. If you have questions or need support, just let the team know and we'll do our best to help out. Know you're definitely not alone - 1 in 25 people (4% of the population) have some degree of gastroparesis! That is a LOT of people.

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8/12/13 6:01 P

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8/12/13 2:18 P

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emoticon emoticon to the group. I have learned a lot from Sheri and Shari. I also go to G-Pact on Facebook and they have wonderful information and support groups for your level of GP. I wish for your continued improvement. emoticon


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8/12/13 1:04 P

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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.

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 Gastric Emptying Study and I failed it miserably. He does not know what has caused it. I DO NOT have diabetes thank God. He did all the tests for diabetes to make for sure I don't have it and everything was normal as far as blood glucose.

I have changed to a low residue diet per the doctor and I started taking Reglan. I am starting to get back to my normal self. I'm not 100% yet but I'm getting there. I still have days that I am really sick but I know it is from something I ate. Changing my diet has been quite difficult and I'm still learning what I can have and what I can't have. I know it's not something I can change overnight.

I joined this group so that I have more information on this condition and can have support for it. I look forward to being involved with the group. It really helps having a place to go to for answers and information from people who are going through the same thing as you are going through.

Thanks for having me here!

"The only thing that stands between a person and what they want from life is often the will to try it and the faith to believe it's possible." - Anonymous

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