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Our February conversation thread has been closed, and we now have a March conversation thread opened. Please visit us there!
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How's your dad, Lucky? Hope he is doing well. You know, when I was first diagnosed with Gastroparesis, I had never heard of it, or have known anyone who had it. It has turned out to be so challenging in many ways, more so than I thought, at first.

However, I read some of our members' blogs and see your strength and realize that although we are faced with this challenge, we are really rising to the occasion, plugging through, trying to find new ways of coping and encouraging each other and not letting it beat us.

To all of you...have a very happy March and think Spring!!!

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It does seem like February was here for about a week and then, boom! here it is March!

It's supposed to be in the mid to high 60s here, but the wind is about 25 mph, so it feels a lot cooler. It'll get even a bit cooler when we get some rain this week. But I know this is nothing compared to what some of you are dealing with. I hope the warmer temps come soon and that the snow stops!


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Hard to believe it's the last day of February already! We are experiencing very mild temps, so hopefully Spring is on the way very soon. emoticon

Have a relaxing Sunday everyone. I am looking forward to the men's hockey gold medal game. Should be a nail-biter.

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Hi Lynda,

My dad's first name is Benjamin, or Bill for short. Thanks for the prayers!

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Lucky, you are in my prayers and so is your dad. May I ask what his first name is so that I may pray specifically for him. Thanks.
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Hi Judy,

Thanks for the support! I really appreciate it, especially now during this difficult time - I know everyone is struggling in one way or another. I guess I just kind of felt blind-sided when my dad got his cancer diagnosis. Work helps keep my mind off some things for a while, but the job and all the other stress is starting to give the GP a reason to get out of control.

This group has been one of the most important things for me here at Spark. It's important to be understood, and that's one of the biggest things I appreciate about all of you. You understand! And care!!
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2/25/10 7:35 P

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Lucky, I was reading your blog posts about your Dad, your job, your health problems and just want to extend my support and emoticon . Sounds like you could use them.

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I hope everything is OK with your dad and that you're doing well. I am hanging in there and my days are filled with trying to find a job and my daughter's various activities and social life...lol. It has been a tough year or so, but I am trying to stay as positive as I can. Thanks for all of your support, and the team's. I am very thankful for all of you.

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Didn't try the eggs. We had a flurry of phone calls this morning and by the time the dust settled, it was almost noon. The phone calls had my stomach jumping so I declined eating anything more than crackers.

How are you doing these days? It's so great having you posting on the threads!!!

Lucky

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That is a step in the forward direction, Lucky. Great for you! Hope the eggs went well this morning.
I never thought I would miss salad but I do. I did have a small salad made with spinach instead of lettuce and that was OK. Definitely small amounts of that.

Have a great week!

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So far, the Domperidone is still a low enough dose that I'm not confident about trying anything like a salad or broccoli. But on Friday I did try some diced tomatoes with chopped parsley mixed in a little balsamic vinaigrette. I chewed it v-e-r-y carefully and thoroughly and didn't have any trouble. That could be progress from the dom. or just careful chewing! LOL

I'm really not sure what a good first step would be. My GI says take one before I eat, and if I feel bad an hour or two after eating to take another, and that I can take another one at bedtime if necessary. I'm not on a high dose so I felt safe taking one a couple of hours after I ate "just in case."

My husband wants to make me some soft scrambled eggs for breakfast later this morning. I haven't eaten eggs in about three years. Wish me luck!

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Let us know how the domperidone works for you, Lucky. I haven't tried it yet but have been close several times. Hope it is a great thing for you and helps relieve some of your symptoms.



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Judy,

Hope you continue to do well with being off the Reglan. I just did my first order for the domperidom from a Canadian pharmacy. I'm anxious about it, but I feel optimistic that it'll get here alright. Anxious and optimistic - what a mix!

Hope everyone has a great and warmer weekend!
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Lynda, you have my support as well.

I've been off the metochlopamide for two days now in preparation for the gastric emptying study and so far so good. No nausea or GP episodes. Keeping my fingers crossed that it continues until the test on March 4th.

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2/20/10 12:53 A

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Lynda,
You are in our prayers. Prayer is an extremely powerful phenomenon and so is the power of comraderie and friendship. We are always here for you to say whatever is on your mind, and in your heart.

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Lynda,

Nothing wrong with asking for prayers! We may need you to do the same for us one day!

I'll be saying prayers for both of you!

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My DH and I got to spend another day at the doctor's office. It seems on top of everything else he has also developed seretonin syndrome which also puts him at risk for a stroke. His blood coagulation rate (INR) was normal which is a good thing. The doctor has stopped one of his medications and is flushing his system with gatorade. The next 48 hours are critical. Please pray. I know it seems I'm asking that a lot lately, but I really need you. Thanks.
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Lynda,
I'm so sorry this is happening to you and your DH. I will continue to pray for you and your DH.

My dad elected to go on the cruise and one other trip that they had planned for months when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. They went because they knew he might not get that chance again. He doesn't regret it, even though it pretty much ruined his chance of having radiation therapy, which had once been an option. He doesn't regret the trip, only that he's going to have less time with us "kids."

I hope you both get to enjoy your trips! It's so important to do these things while you can.

Sending lots of hugs,
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I went to the doctor early this morning for my own issues (without my DH). He dropped a huge weight on my shoulders. He said he was glad I was there without my DH. He told me that the constricted vein in his head would normally require surgery but that my DH was too fragile for it. He also said that something bad was going to happen and that it was probably going to be soon. He doesn't want my DH to know this because it would cause to much stress on him which you don't do to stroke patients. He told me so that I could be vigilant. I asked him what I should do about my planned mission trips and he said, "GO!" Any change in my plans would alert my DH that there is something wrong. Just get friends to be on the alert while I was gone. I want to fall apart, but I don't have that luxury right now. Please continue to pray for my wonderful DH. Thanks.
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Hi friends! I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to post today but it has been one unexpectedly hectic day. Vince got the results of his MRI. It showed no permanent damage from his recent episode. Praise God! It did show significant narrowing of a blood vessel on the left side of his brain which they have decided to leave alone at this point. He did not have a TIA which lasts from 24-36 hours. He had a Rhind which lasts from 4-6 days. The doctor told me what to watch for and what to do in the future. I feel better knowing all of this. Thank you for all of your prayers and support.

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Sorry to hear about your husband Lynda. emoticon

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Lynda,

Sorry to hear that your hubby had a TIA. I hope that he's going to be OK. More prayers are being sent your way!

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Vince and I just got home after spending the day at the hematologist's office. It was determined that he did have a TIA. They did an MRI this afternoon to determine what, if any, permanent damage was done. We'll have the results tomorrow. Thanks for your prayers and support.

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I haven't been on the smoothie routine in a while, but you're tempting me! LOL Mmmmm. Banana, frozen strawberries, and tiny bit of OJ or pineapple juice. I'm a very happy person! But my husband is amazed at long it stays with me. He drinks one and is hungry an hour later. I drink one and might not get hungry again until late evening. Pretty inexpensive!!

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Hi,
Moving my convo from the other chat thread! LOL

Lucky- No unfortunately I can not eat yogurt..I did try and do the Greek yogurt..but i could not stand the taste. LOL i tried them all.

But yes smoothies seem to be the most nourishing , and healthy way for me to go..and since i cant eat alot of things..i am losing many nutrients...so its a great way for me to get in fresh fruits and veggies, fiber and actually not be sick!



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Judy, God's speed on your gastric emptying scan. I hope that you finally get some answers. Not knowing is terrible.

Lucky hit the nail on the head when she said that stress makes GP worse. I have been under terrible stress since Thursday. I think that my DH (who has already had two major strokes) had a TIA on Wed. He wouldn't let me call the doctor, saying he had an appointment for Wed. and he could wait. The more I pushed the more agitated he got which is a bad thing. He finally agreed to let me call his doctor first thing tomorrow morning. I haven't left him alone since I realized what was wrong. The stress has been terrible, needless to say, so has been the GP. Hopefully we'll get some answers at the doctor's tomorrow.


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Hi Judy and Happy Valentine's Day to you also!

I'm glad to hear you've got the study scheduled. I did a little research on the internet to see what else can be used other than eggs. There are alternatives because I remember being asked if I had a problem with or was allergic to eggs, and if I was there would have used something else, but they didn't tell me what the alternatives were. At that times I could still tolerate eggs. Now I can't digest them.

The other thing I'm seeing as an alternative to eggs is oatmeal. If you can keep that down, then call them as soon as you can and tell them you can't keep eggs down and need a substitute.

Stress plays a huge part in GP. For example, last Friday - I worked over 13 hours, I'm short-handed, have things due on deadlines, and had probably the worse customer ever (he intimidated my other co-worker, who is 71, so much that she thought he was going to be violent) - I lost dinner which was pasta with a little butter, cooked mushrooms, and bread and butter. I was also sick the next morning and couldn't keep toast down. And my reflux wasn't under control any longer and the acid always gets high enough that it goes into my lungs so then my asthma gets out of control. I took 2 of my anti-nausea pills and a lorazepam, went to bed and felt a bit better in about 7-8 hours. My doc now has me on lorazepam to help with the stress. I see my GI doc tomorrow after a liver ultrasound and will be asking him about the lorazepam to make sure it doesn't make GP worse. So, this is a long way of saying, yes, stress makes GP worse. It's different for everyone, but the connection is there.

I hope they find what it wrong and maybe you'll be lucky and it won't be GP. Maybe it's something else that they can treat and make you better! No harm done in hoping.

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Happy Valentine's Day! emoticon Hope everyone has a wonderful day with their loved ones. My DH brought me flowers yesterday. Beautiful!

So, my gastric emptying study is scheduled for March 4th. I have to go off the metochlopamide for two weeks before it. I am nervous about that. I have come to rely on it to help me digest. At times I wonder if it is psychological though. I am doing OK on only one pill per day, so time will tell what happens when I have to go off it totally. That will be next Thursday.

Part of me believes I do have have gastroparesis, the symptoms fit. But part of me believes it is something else. It just doesn't seem right that the slightest bit of stress (and I mean slightest) will set it off. Travel has become unpleasant to the point where I would rather stay home, which sucks because I love to travel. And the metochlopamide doesn't help when it is the stress reaction.

I guess I will know after March 4th. I have to eat an egg salad sandwich that morning with the tracer in it. I have gone off eggs because they make me feel yucky, so not looking forward to that.

Well, enjoy the rest of your weekend. We get Monday off too for Family Day. Yay!

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2/13/10 11:26 P

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Sorry, this weekend has been really hectic. Of course, it was a hectic week also, so I guess it stands to follow that the weekend would be as crazy.

What has everyone been up to?

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Here we are halfway through the weekend and there has been no response from the team on any of the threads. Come on "Living with Gastroparesis" are we a team or not?! emoticon

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Stopping in to say "Hang in there!" We're getting closer to the weekend!
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No problem! I think we both got pretty clean this weekend! LOL

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Thanks, Lucky1313. I'm going to talk to my oncologist, who referred me to this GI doctor, about him and let him know what happened. Even though my knee jerk reaction was to behave like a petulant child and eat all the things that I know I can't, I won't do that. I will remain on my current diet until I find someone who can help me. I agree with you that the patient has to be their own best advocate, with more knowledge about their condition than even the so called experts. When you get down to it, the only difference between a truly well informed patient and the expert doctor is the ability to write prescriptions. If we didn't need those prescriptions, sometimes I think we would be better off without some (not all) of the self-righteous doctors. Now I'm on my soap box. My mother used to hate doctors. She always said that "doctors PRACTICE medicine." I'm beginning to understand what she meant. That's enough soap for tonight. Thanks again for letting me "suds up."

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Lynda,
I'm so sorry you're having a bad time with your doctor. I can't imagine what I would say if one of mine brought a dog into the exam room. Anyone who knows anything about me knows I love animals, but I don't believe animals belong in an exam room.

I feel like you're doing an excellent job of proving your doctor wrong. It sounds like they've gotten things terribly wrong and you're suffering instead of feeling better.

There are good docs, indifferent docs, and even incompetent docs. I've met all three types numerous times. What did I learn from meeting so many docs who were wrong, wrong and wrong? To rely on my own research, to ask lots of questions, if I don't feel right about their suggestions as to treatment or their diagnosis, to do more research and get second, third or even fourth opinions. In shorthand: never, ever give up ... on finding an answer, on having hope,on believing in strength and in miracles. Take a very proactive approach on your health. Question the "authorities".

My passiveness some years ago cost me dearly - my ability to have children, the prolonged diagnosis of cancer, and a doubting doctor that I had anything wrong with my liver even though the tests were coming back elevated three and four times the norm for years, made me wake up.

Your current doc who thinks you should be able to eat anything needs to know how terrible you've had to suffer because you respected his medical opinion enough to give it a try...or two...or several. Docs are human and can make mistakes in their diagnosis and their recommendations, but I think he needs to own up to this one and refer you to someone who has more experience and knowledge than he has. I would hate to see your health continue to suffer, especially if you continue to lose more weight and possibly find yourself in a hospital.

Granted there is much that needs to be done for GP sufferers - more research, better education for doctors and patients, and SOLUTIONS! We're at a catch-22 situation where stress causes our GP to get worse, but in order to get something done or have our voices heard - we need to take such an active stance that it does take a toll on our health.

OK, I'm getting off my soapbox for now. But I'm not giving up on a possible solution, and I'm not going to take no for an answer should I get to the point that I have to stop taking my medication. There have to be options. There have to be answers. There have to be care-givers who are humane and encouraging. Until we find them, we have to stay strong, share information, support each other, help each other however we can. Because at this point, we may be all we really have.

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Lynda, Sorry you are having such a rough time. It's good you are getting a second opinion.

I had my Dr. appt yesterday. She has ordered the gastric emptying study. She suggested I cut back to once a day on the Reglan to see how that goes. Not sure if I can do that, but I can try. She gets off on tangents at times. She gave me a verbal depression quiz. I failed, got 0 out of 9. No depression here, which is what I told her. Sheesh! Plus, she had her dog in the office, which I didn't really think was appropriate. It came right in the examining room with her.

Well, have a great night and stay warm!

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Boy was I ever a rebellious fool at lunch today. Since the GI doctor told me I could eat anything I wanted I took him at his word today. My husband was having some oral surgery done. While he was in the chair I had errands I needed to run after I dropped him off and before I picked him up. I was REALLY hungry so I went to MacDonald's and got an Angus gurger with swiss cheese and mushrooms. It tasted absolutely luscious for about the time it took me to get to Kroger's bathroom. That's where I gave it back. I've had a kingsized stomach ache ever since. Was it worth it? You bet! Will I do that again? Not in this lifetime.

It's back to the Ensure and pudding for dinner.

Good night.

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I've been up since 2:15 with severe stomach pain. The only thing I ate was one red seedles grape. Oh well, maybe that was too much too soon. It just looked to good and afterall the idiot doctor did say I could eat anything that I wanted to eat. WRONG!

Thanks for the support.

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Anytime! That's one of the reasons we're here - to support our fellow members however we can.

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Thanks Lucky,
I'm going to go back to my original GI doctor for a second opinion. I was particularly frustrated today because I no longer have TM and haven't had it for 2 years. I don't take any TM medications. My gastric emptying scan showed a rate of 24% emptying only. That led to the diagnosis of GP, that and the symptoms. My oncologist referred me to this GI doctor. It is the first thing that I have disliked from him, and trust me I dislike it.

I wasn't really serious about the salad, however I am going to experiment with foods to see what I can tolerate. . . one food at a time.

Thanks for listening to a very frustrated person.

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Lynda,

I believe I'd be upset also, but I'm glad that you came to the team page to vent. That's one of the reasons we're here.

Please get a second opinion from another GI doctor. What the current one might not be thinking about is GP can be caused by various things. Maybe your GP was caused by the TM?

The gastric empty study is considered the "gold standard" on detecting GP, but after doing some reading on GP and TM, a lot of medical professionals consider it "highly controversial" on whether TM can cause GP, some even suggest that certain medications for TM can cause GP symptoms.

If it were me, I'd go for at least a second opinion from a different GI AND also speak with a neurological doctor. Be sure to take a copy of gastric empty results.

Let us know if we can help, and please vent here ANYTIME you need to! I hope you get some relief!

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I'm mad, confused, frustrated, upset, and all the synonyms that fit! I went to see the gastroenterologist this afternoon. He has now decided that I DON'T have gastroparesis (even though the test showed that I do) but that I am still paralysed with transverse myelitis which put me in the wheelchair. He says I can eat anything I want to even though I know that it is going to make me throw up and hurt like the dickens and lose weight like water off a duck's back. The only thing he thinks that I need is a colonoscopy on the 23rd. Arrgghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! I feel like I'm back to square one with him. I'm tempted to go in and make the biggest freshest green salad full of cucumbers and tomatoes and mushrooms and green peppers and onions, etc., etc., etc., and wash it down with a bunch of fresh broccoli. The only reason that I don't is that I really don't want to spent the night in the emergency room. Enough complaining. I promise, no complaining for a solid week.

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Happy February team!

Lynda: Looking good! You're making some great progress! I know you have to be feeling excited about that!

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Happy February to all. I went to the gym this morning and did a personal best. I did a mile in 15.6 minutes (walking)! I then completed the rest of the 3.2 miles in 33.5 minutes! I'm getting better. Who knows, I should be ready for that half marathon by December afterall. Now, if I could just eat???!!! I guess that's asking for too much.

Have a great day everyone!

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Morning all,

Hope everyone has a happy week. I know that February is Valentines Day, but it is also Heart Healthy month. So, put some joy and love in your heart and make it happy!! HUGS to you all!!

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Happy February 1st!!!!

Here's our new chat thread for the next 28 days...

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