Wednesday, July 23, 2008

April 2008 - Gastroparesis or Hypochlorhydria?

In April, I sat down with the gastroenterologist to discuss my experiences with the treatment and how I was feeling.

The truth was that I wasn’t feeling that much better. My stomach still did not feel well or normal. We decided it would be best to go ahead and do an endoscopy right away and see if she could discover what was going on. Plus, at the same time, she would confirm whether the H. Pylori had been completely eradicated and whether I was having any Celiac disease issues. The endoscopy was scheduled for that same week.

I went in for the procedure and as soon as I came out of it, sick to my stomach and groggy from the sedatives, Michael informed me that the doctor had told him that I had gastroparesis because she had discovered food in my stomach during the procedure (and there shouldn’t have been any), and that I needed to start a low fiber diet. Gastroparesis is a condition where your stomach does not properly digest the food and the food sits in there too long, eventually causing other problems. Gastroparesis is most typically associated with people who are diabetic; of which I am not.

They had handed my husband some generic paper with lists of foods that I should and should not eat and an appointment card dated a couple of weeks away for me to come have a follow up appointment and discussion about the procedure and results.

I was flabbergasted! How had I gone from a slight case of gastritis, to a terrible case of H. Pylori bacteria, to then being diagnosed with gastroparesis?! And the doctor didn’t seem to be concerned as to WHY I had gastroparesis, just that now I needed to eat a low fiber diet. And then surely in the future she would also be the one to tell me that I had also gotten colon cancer since I hadn’t been able to eat enough fiber. Ugh!

I was totally confused and became quite depressed about the diagnosis for the first few days. The refined diet seemed a horrible thing to me and even more terrible because I had no reasons WHY I was having this problem and good enough reason to eat that way. I am the type of person that likes to get to the root of the matter—treating health symptoms is idiotic! That will never heal anyone; it will only make things worse in the long run.

I began my own research. Thank GOD! for the internet resources that are available to us these days. I researched gastroparesis and read and read. As I read, I didn’t seem to really connect with symptoms and issues that were related to gastroparesis. It just did not seem right at all. I joined a gastroparesis yahoo group and I couldn’t believe how much worse most of the people on there had it compared to me. These people had severe gastroparesis issues—in comparison with them, I had nothing; I was healthy. But I was led to join that group for one email that would spur my search in another direction. Someone mentioned about the fact that often times people who are told they have too much acid production and are given acid reducers are actually suffering from too LITTLE acid production. The symptoms are practically identical to each other.

I switched tracks and pursued learning more about too little acid production, hypochlorhydria. Did I find a wealth of information! Amazing! As I began reading the symptoms of hypochlorydria, I could actually truly relate with them and all that was being said about it. I became SO excited and filled with hope! I sensed that I had hit the jack pot—the root of my stomach problems! H. Pylori, improper digestion of food, stomach pains, etc. all went right along with too little acid production.

Yahooo!!! On to where that search led me and where I am today…

7 comments:

  1. I just found your blog. I too was diagnosed with gastroparesis a couple months ago. I had endoscopy before my gastric emptying test and they found nothing wrong with me. Neither did an abdominal ultra-sound. It was not until the gastric-emptying study that they diagnosed GP. My symptoms are *only* bad reflux and getting full too quickly.

    See my blog for details (first post at the bottom gives the history)...

    http://gpandme.blogspot.com

    I appreciate advice.

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  2. I am SOOOOO grateful for your blog! Your story is almost the exact same as mine! After the h.pylori eradication I was still feeling sick....and now waiting to hear back from my gastric empty test for gastroparesis! Before all this ....antibiodics....PPIs...I NEVER had issues with digestion. Your story has inspired me to make my appointment with the naturopathic doctor I was interested in!!

    I am also going to purchase the YOGI tea you blogged about.

    Thank you for posting inspiring information!! You don't know how refreshing it is to hear positive stories that are similar to mine!

    I am grateful! I have been praying for some positive and inspiring news and I found your blog today.

    God bless :)

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  3. Crystal,

    I am thrilled that my blog may be of help to you in some way and at the very least, inspire you to seek some different avenues on how to resolve your stomach problems. This is the very reason why I decided to have a blog about my experience. I would love to hear back from you in the future and see how things progress after your visit to the naturopath.

    May God bless you also!

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  4. i'm in a similar boat. but i can drastically reduce discomfort by arching my back and laying on my left side. what does this mean?????

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    1. Laying on the left side definitely helps reduce heartburn discomfort! I believe it has to do with the way the stomach positions itself when we are on our left side. I've seen some articles that talk about studies done with people that prove the fact that laying on your left side reduces heartburn discomfort.

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  5. Hello there,
    I was looking up your how to clean a burnt crock pot and noticed H.pylori across the screen. So I decided to click on it since I was diagnosed with this last year after 5 years of suffering and no one able to help me. After that amount of time, my hormones shut down as well as my thyroid. Trust me... I was a complete mess!!! I decided to see a naturalist and he was able to diagnose me after he ran a few test. WOW!!! Finally an answer I said. Although, I had to be put on a very strict diet of no gluten, no dairy and no soy. Pretty much just fruits, veggies and rice. It's been a long process but finally I feel like my old self again... my energy is through the roof and my happiness is amazing. I was put on a list of natural supplements to kill the H.Pylori. I still to this day follow my gluten free diet but I do enjoy a piece of dessert every week :)

    Thank you for sharing and hope all is well with you!

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  6. Hi Mary Ann, I have been diagnosed with very mild Gastroparesis (stomach is 25-30 minutes slow) on a gastric emptying scan. I also have a family history of low stomach acid that I have yet to test for.

    How is your gastroparesis doing now that you are treating the low acid?

    Could you please email me at bsbell89@yahoo.com I have been struggling a long time and just cant seem to find an solid answer.

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