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11/18/13 1:11 A

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Welcome to the team. There is a lot of information around our team about how to best figure out what foods your body will accept. The lists of GP friendly foods are not all that accurate, as every person is different, so the best thing you can do is take the time to learn what your body will accept.

I've had symptoms of GP since I was an infant, though I wasn't diagnosed until 2010 when I lost all ability to eat. It is never easy to deal with such an awful condition, but the more you learn the better off you'll be. For a significant portion of people with GP, figuring out what foods your body will accept is the key to staying as health as possible. For some, that might only be a small group of foods supplemented with Ensure or smoothies, but it's better than nothing. Know that a lot of doctors have never heard of GP or have serious misconceptions about it, so learning about it yourself will help a lot.

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11/14/13 10:26 P

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Thanks for your words of encouragement! I am feeling much better today as I've returned to my "safe foods." Thanksgiving will be challenging. What foods and techniques are all of you going to try? Also, I am wondering if any of you have trouble with dense foods versus eating the same food thinned down? For example, I haven't been able to tolerate baked or mashed potatoes, but if I put a few small pieces of peeled potatoes in my chicken vegetable soup, I do okay. I also put some thin slices of peeled carrots in my soup. Then I cook the soup until the vegetables are soft and mushy. I also cannot tolerate white chicken meat in my soup. But, I can tolerate small amounts of finely shredded dark meat chicken in my soup. I just get the feeling that all the broth helps the small pieces of chicken, potatoes and carrots go down. I may be having my "safe" chicken soup for Thanksgiving. Plus, I could have a white roll.

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11/14/13 8:43 P

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I am learning to cope but here at Thanksgiving I will be alone because I can't eat what others eat. I am still learning which foods my stomach will tolerate. My Dr. is great at helping me, I hope you find the answers that are best for you. emoticon

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11/14/13 1:42 A

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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 trachea. My vocal cords are red and inflamed from all the coughing I've done for years. Three other Web sites have helped me a lot. The American College of Gastroenterology, The Gastroparesis Pharmacist, and Crystal's Web site and book "Living with Gastroparesis." Still, I am struggling terribly with symptoms right at the moment. I try new foods that are supposed to be GP friendly, and then I get sick again, and back-off, retreating to my small group of safe foods for Emily. I don't mean to be having a pity party, but it was darn hard to see my friends and family eating halibut and chips, steaks, burritos, potatoes, broccoli, green beans, most Mexican recipes (my personal favorite), salads, vegetables and fresh fruits. Now that I'm coughing my fool head-off again, and having my food coming up, I am ashamed for craving the above mentioned foods. If I could just adjust to a few "safe" foods, my life would be healthier. How have the rest of you managed your GP? Thanks for reading! Emily

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