This morning my son and I woke up about 15 minutes earlier then we normally do. I got up and started getting myself ready while he was watching his YouTube videos, because I had a Dr’s appointment at the Hy’s Centre with my gastro guy at 9:15 and that’s on the other side of the city!! I had my son ready to go at 8:15 and he walked to school today. Then I drove to the Hy’s Centre for my appointment. The Dr told me that the gastric emptying study that I did a month and a half ago showed that I have something called Gastroparesis. This means that my stomach has difficulty emptying itself. Here’s a definition that I found online on the website HealthPrep:
Gastroparesis is a condition characterized by stomach paralysis. When this disorder is present, stomach motility will either be absent or abnormal. This means the contractions that push food through the stomach and into the small intestine are not as effective as they need to be. This can cause issues, such as malnutrition due to the digestive system not being able to properly absorb nutrients from the food the stomach is not sufficiently pulverizing. It is common for patients to experience a range of discomforts and the severity varies greatly. It is essential to know what symptoms might occur and what patients may be able to do to help calm them.
Guess what one of the most common symptoms is… NAUSEA!!!! Wow!! How shocking!! I’ve only been feeling nauseous for over 18 months!! With Dr’s telling me that nothing is wrong with me! Also, the medication that they have had me taking for nausea makes this condition worse!! It slows down the stomach contractions that push the food through!! So, I’ve been losing weight and feeling full right after I start eating because the food that I ate earlier is still in my tummy! So, when I eat more food, I can only eat a bit more before I’m full again! I’m supposed to totally change my diet and eat a grazing diet, where I eat about 5 small meals per day. Also the type of food matters, because high fat and high fibre foods stay in your tummy longer and are not good for me. Also, I should be taking a good multi-vitamin, not a cheap brand. At least mine isn’t severe, because when it’s severe you can have to have a puréed diet or even have to be fed with a feeding tube, which would be horrible!! So, I have to try the new medication and the diet. He wants to see me in 6 months, unless I continue losing weight… then he wants me to call his office and come in sooner! It’s nice to finally have an answer! That’s actually a rare thing!! I’m used to just not knowing what is wrong with me or feeling like it’s all in my mind, like the Dr looks at me like I’m just making things up like I didn’t weigh 70 more pounds last February and I don’t feel nauseous all the time!! He kept blaming my pain medication, but I said that didn’t make sense, because I’m on the lowest dose that I’ve been on in years!! My pain Dr and I plan on going completely off of it when I see him next, because I’ve been feeling so much better! If my pain medication was going to cause nausea don’t you think that it would have done so 5 years ago when I was on 4 or 5 times the dose that I’m currently on now?! And, I didn’t have a problem with nausea then!! So, I just knew that it wasn’t the Suboxone causing my nausea, like he thought it was! Anyway, I guess now we know what it is!! So, that’s something!
After my Dr’s appointment, I drove back to town. I stopped at the Shoppers and dropped off my prescriptions. Then I went home. I had something small to eat, then I went to bed for a couple hours, until I had to go pick up the kids from school. We came home for about 10 minutes, then I drove my daughter to dance. I went home and got my daughter and we went to Shoppers. I picked up my prescription and she got a couple things that she needed. Then I bought some garlic bread from Sobeys and went home. I made supper. Then my daughter and I watched a couple shows. My younger daughter came home from dance and I got my son ready for bed. Then I went on my phone for a while. Now I’m going to get ready for bed.
Night All! 💤😴
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