Gastroparesis, Will It Get Worst? Do I Really Want to Know?
Let me start off, i had an eating disorder when i was 14-19. It was bulimia but i wouldnt vomit i took diet pills, i took laxatives, i excessively worked out. At one point it was anorexia i barely ate for a good year around 17 yrs old? But generally i ate like a meal a day.
I am 22 years old.
Ok so the **** hit the fan when i was 19 I got mono. I started eating normally at this point 3 times a day. From then I ended up having severe, severe anxiety about my health and everything in general. When i was 21 i suffered from really bad belching, couldnt eat much, was pretty much living off of nutrition shakes and peanutbutter sandwhiches when i could actually manage them down. Every food i ate would just come up. Then i took prilosec OTC for a good amount of time and of course, I didnt have insurance so really there was no other choice. Two months after (finally have health insurance) i was diagnosed with mild chronic gastritis, Ibs and took nexium for a good year. My doctor was an ******* who really didnt look into my case so much so its a good chance i was misdiagnosed. So for a good year i took nexium, 40 mg daily. Then another year which is this year, age 22 and finally i decide i should check it out again. This year in OCT I have been diagnosed with idopathic gastroparesis and mild gastritis= which is nothing and everyone has mild gastritis and IBS (not so severe just constipation and cramps). At this point i was off nexium due to constpation and was taking omeprazole. I liked omperazole alot better.. but im still constipated. The doctor said gastric emptying test was abnormal meaning i have gastroparesis.
Doctor said the ultra sound they found a polyp in my gallbladder and i need to have another ultra sound in 6-12 mo. It is a cholestrol deposit and benign but if it grows i would have to remove gallbladder. As for medicines i can try to ween off omeprazole slowly. As for the reglan just prescribed I should take only as needed, when i feel discomfort. I should take this 15 minutes before eating. He also said to quit smoking. He said this medicine is safe to take while preg. He also said this problem could go away in time, stopping smoking, or taking the medicine. My gastric emptying test said it takes me an hour more than regular healthy people to digest food. It takes me 3 hrs, other people it takes 2 hrs. He said not to be scared and it isnt going to kill me, gastroparesis is not fatal there have been no studies showing someone who has died from this. As for the gastritis i have a mild case and everyone has gastritis, most of my symptoms are just coming from gastroparesis. I was prescribed 5 mg 2 times when needed of reglan. 5 mg. was way too much for my stomach to handle and i needed to cut it down to 2.5 mg. I now take it once a week if anything. Mostly because i have a hard time guaging when its that bad, and the drug is horrible in general and causes horrible side effects that im not willing to encourage. As for the symptoms of gastroparesis. I'm nauseated, constipated, my stomach gets bloated, still get burning, sometimes gerd but rare since i cut down smoking. I havent vomited, I do still smoke and am trying to quit. Everytime i look up info on gastroparesis everyone seems to be expirencing hell, and i'm not.. Weird? I am grateful but It sucks alot, but i've grown to tolerate the nausea.. I wonder if it will get worst, But try not to think about it because that is just masochistic.
Non the less i am plauged.
I worry will i be able to have children? What are the risks? Will they be healthy?
Will this really go away? what are the chances?
Will this progressively get worst?
If worse comes to worse and i need stomach pacer or a tube how long can someone actually live off of those things? and Can i have kids?
Is this thing gonna cut years off of my life and make me a weak vegetable because of malnutrition due to not eating like a normal person should?
AS for now, i can eat anything. thank god.