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Reason For Gastroparesis

Hi there,

My daughter who just turned 17 years old has had gastroparesis for almost 2 years and we found out last summer that her gastroparesis symptoms most probably came
about due to her undiagnosed thyroid condition. We found out that she suffered
from hyperthyroidism almost all her life and we never knew!!! PLEASE for any of you who think they have post-viral gastroparesis, PLEASE, PLEASE ask your doctor to check not only your TSH but also your free T3 and free T4........it was a fluke that we
found this out and now we are ecstatic that we finally got to the root of the problem. We have found internet sites that say that gastroparesis can be caused by endocrine disorders but many doctors never check this out (ours never did!!...until we switched doctors). This is the WORST chronic illness that anyone can experience.....especially the daily nausea. We wouldn't wish this on ANYONE!!! So please ask your doctor to check out your thyroid (remember not just TSH but also free T3 and free T4)......any chance that this GP is related to the thyroid will mean one extra beacon of hope for any of you who have this and can finally find some relief. We pray for everyone that has this everynight that they may find the root cause and find a cure for this. I wish everyone the best and remember to research as much as you can b/c knowledge is POWER!!!
Best wishes.
An Ep User An EP User 3 Responses Jan 21, 2013

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Your feedback on getting checked for Hypothyroidism is really important. I have it and they only found it because I made them test me. My mom has hypothyroidism and gastrointestinal problems.

Like you said, do NOT let the doc just check your TSH. Doctors still think its the best test, even though all the research says it isn't.

My TSH and Free T3 were normal, but my Free T4 was not. I was put on thyroid medication based solely on my Free T4 test. There are about 10 different tests for the thyroid, but definitely begin with the three mentioned above.

I feel for your daughter. I am a juvenile diabetic and I have had Gastro paresis for about four years. The pain and nausea are excruciating. It is a nightmare to live with. My doctors just seem to throw up their hands and say there is nothing they can do to help. I am on almost a complete liquid diet and have lost 40 lbs. Recently, my GP put me on Amitiza, which is typically used to treat IBS. It's only been a week, but so far, I have only had to take my nausea medication once. Usually I took it daily. You might want to ask your daughter's doctor about this. It is helping me.