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Help! I have severe gastroparesis.....

Posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 07:26:39:

Walt....

I was wondering if you could offer some insight on my condition. I looked thru your archives and did not see anything on gastroparesis.

Here is my story in a condensed nutshell (Hopefully!). I delivered a son in 3/00 after a complicated preg and 2 m/c's. During my pg I suffered with severe hyperemsis gravidium, as I did with all my pg's. At the end of my pg I started complaining of RUQ pain. It persisted until I went to my GP in june. He thought I had gallstones, but that was ruled out and I was found to have elevated liver enzymes. After several test and an MD convinced I was ++ for Hep C, that was ruled out also. The pain and nausea continued along with several others symptoms that would pop on now and then....including extreme fatigue, severe joint pain, low grade fever, hair loss, brain fog, dry motuth and eyes etc. I found a nurse who runs an allergy clinic who tested me for Candida overgrowth. It came back positive. I take nystatin oral powder, and have cut out sugar, yeast and dairy of my diet. I have also reduced corn, wheat, eggs and peanut because testing showed I had an allergy to those. My liver enzymes have been normal for 5 mths, so the GI doesn't think it is autoimmune hepatitis anymore. After complaining that I wanted an answer, he ordered a gastric emptying study. They called yesterday and said I have severe gastroparesis because more than 75% of the food remained in my stomach after 2 hrs. I am allergic to Reglan, so they want me to take Erythromycin QID! How can I take an antibiotic for the rest of my life?! How can that be healthy?? It'll just cause a whole new bunch of problems and I'll be back to square one with the candida situation. He is not looking for the cause of the gastroparesis, which isn't surprising, just wants me to pop pills. Can this be caused by candida? Is it reverible? Should I demand more testing? I am concerned because of the extreme fatigue and joint pain that maybe I have Lupus or something. Any suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much for your time....
Jennifer



Re: Help! I have severe gastroparesis.....

Posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 13:02:07:

In Reply to: Help! I have severe gastroparesis..... posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 07:26:39:

Walt..

I have been searching the web and your site for info on Leaky Gut. I seem to fit into that catagory although, I can't find any mention of gastroparesis. Could Leaky Gut cause gastroparesis? If so, is it reversible? Does your book have a step by step program on how to treat this problem? Do you know anyone in the Tampa BAy area that could help me back to health?? I am so ticked off at my doctors for the way they have been jerking me around the last year, I don't even want them treating me anymore. I would rather research this and do what I can myself. Any supplementation I can start right away??

Thank you so much for giving us hope and the info to regain our health....

Jennifer



Re: Help! I have severe gastroparesis.....

Posted by Helping You on April 18, 2002 at 13:25:52:

In Reply to: Re: Help! I have severe gastroparesis..... posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 13:02:07:

Chronic Bracing, which you CAN look up in the archives, could contribute to delayed gastric emptying. So can a lack of digestive enzymes, and poor food combinations as well. Try a digestive enzyme supplement, and avoid eating proteins (meats) and starches (potatoes, breads, grains, beans, fruits) at the same meal. SR (Skilled relaxation) is what is used to reverse the chronic bracing (stored stress). Also, you might want to be tested for Hydrochloric Acid levels. Low levels can delay stomach emptying. I believe there is also a condition in which the valve that connects the stomach to the small intestine gets stuck, and does not open or close properly. You might ask doctor stoll about that

-HY



Re: Help! I have severe gastroparesis.....

Posted by Elisa on April 18, 2002 at 13:27:29:

In Reply to: Re: Help! I have severe gastroparesis..... posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 13:02:07:

Do you take probiotics? I am sure that this is very
important for someone in your condition. You need a
very healthy supply of the good bacteria to populate your
gut. Also there are enzymes that can help aid digestion
like bromelain, but I'm not sure of their effect on
gastroperisis. S.H.A.P.E. will probably know and Dr.
Stoll. But for sure a really good probiotic should be
taken every day.

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thank you

Posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 14:14:14:

In Reply to: Re: Help! I have severe gastroparesis..... posted by Helping You on April 18, 2002 at 13:25:52:

Thank you elisa and helping you for your info. Can i purchase these probiotics and pancreatic enzymes from any health food store? I just read up on Bracing, and am sure I suffer from that. I have a tendency to worry excessively and be very tense. I have been seeing a neuromuscular therapist for the last several months to help with the muscle tension. The stress from not feeling well over the last year has contributed to my current condition I am sure! I am going back to the archives to soak up as much info as possible!

Thank you again....
Jennifer



Re: thank you

Posted by Helping You on April 18, 2002 at 17:09:05:

In Reply to: thank you posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 14:14:14:

buy Flora Source on-line. It contains 16 strains and 30 billion organisms per capsule. The enzyme you might do well on is Omegazyme which is available at www.crohns.net. It is plant-based. If you want animal-based, Anzeo Pangen (Extra Strength) from Metagenics is excellent.

-HY



which ones to take??

Posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 17:20:52:

In Reply to: Re: thank you posted by Helping You on April 18, 2002 at 17:09:05:

thank you again helping you. i have been attached to this computer all day, and I think my brain is overloaded! LOL! I am so thankful for the wealth of info on this site! I am going to order the flora source. Should I also get primal defense and perfect food? Is the animal or the plant enzyme more effective?? Should I take that instead of or with Bromelain? What about L-glutamine and Saccarohyces Boulardi?? Am I suppose to take all of them?? I am willing to try anything regardless of the price to get healthy again!

thanks in advance....



Re: thank you

Posted by
Cheezi on April 18, 2002 at 23:13:45:

In Reply to: thank you posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 14:14:14:

Hi, Jennifer.

I use a probiotic (not familiar with the ones mentioned in follow-ups to your post). I don't have gastroparesis, I don't think, but have had digestive problems in the past so I use it every day to keep things moving well. E-mail me and I'll send you a link to the ingredients list so you can see if it has everything you're looking for.

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Re: Help! I have severe gastroparesis.. (Archive in LGS.)...

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 19, 2002 at 11:39:41:

In Reply to: Help! I have severe gastroparesis..... posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 07:26:39:

Hi, Jennifer.

EVERYTHING you have is caused by LGS which is caused by the most common mechanism: BRACING.

See the glossary and archives about these things as well as the home page and then the archives until you begin to see how they are all connected and what you need to do to start reversing all of it.

Since no one has tumbled to this progression for so long it is going to take you a year or so to reverse it.

Get started with the SR, Alexander Technique and Rolfing at once and you will be beginning to feel better in a month or so.

Gastroparesis is one of the classical conditions caused by LGS. It is just not mentioned on this 'site so far since it is relatively unusual. That is about to change.

Let us know how you do so as to help others avoid what you have unnecesarily gone through.

Walt

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Re: which ones to take??

Posted by Helping You on April 19, 2002 at 13:46:08:

In Reply to: which ones to take?? posted by Jennifer on April 18, 2002 at 17:20:52:

For now, I would stick to the Flora Source and PLANT enzymes.

Plant enzymes work in the stomach where YOU NEED it. Animal enzymes are only activated in the small intestine where you may or may not need it.

L-glutamine, Sacharomyces Boulardi and Primal Defense are great, but I believe you will get more benefit from SR, the products I mentioned, and avoiding half-assed food combinations. I will be more specific regarding that:

Eat protein with vegetables w/oil or butter
Eat starch with vegetables w/oil or butter
DO NOT eat protein with starch (ie, meat and potato)
Eat fruit 30 minutes before or 2 hours after meals
Berries can be eaten with live yogurt

An example of a protein meals could be:

Roast beef in natural gravy, steamed asparagus sauteed in olive oil and garlic with butter, a small side of raw saurkraut, and a salad of any non-starchy vegetables

A starch meal could be:

Lentil soup, sweet potato with butter, steamed broccoli and cauliflower with herbs, butter and garlic, a salad of any vegetable.

Portion size is not as important as what foods are being combined. Try this for a while and see how you do. If you find that starch meals make you hyper, make your heart beat fast, or make you tired, you are better of sticking with protein meals as your main meals, and have only starch snacks such as sprouted grain bread with butter, yogurt with berries, or granny smith apple with nut butter.

-HY

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