Living With Gastroparesis
I know that everyone's struggle with disease is different, but I thought maybe it would be useful to discuss what has worked, and what hasn't. I developed this condition about three months ago, so I'm pretty new to the game, but I have learned a few things. It's really tough coping on a day to day basis. Maybe we can help each other.
I couldn't eat anything for most of January and half of February, and that was the worst. The drugs didn't do a thing for me (zofran and something else...) But, I found a few things that helped with the nausea.
Cranberry juice with bitters.
Hot water with fresh ginger slices.
Having a good laugh. (I watched a lot of stand-up comedy.)
Vitamin water. I can tolerate it better than gatorade.
Emetrol. It's an over the counter anti-emetic for children. It comes in cherry flavor, you can get it at any pharmacy. It actually helped take the edge off.
Not talking about it. I feel like talking about it with friends or peers just makes me feel crappy. I hate that "you poor thing" look that people give you... Anyway, I decided not to talk about it, except for maybe with my best friend or sister, and I think it's helped.
Exercise. This is a hard one, because although exercise usually makes me feel great, there is just no way it would happen on those days when I was exhausted or too nauseous to even want to stand. But, if you are having a good day, maybe try to go for a walk or something. It helps.
V8 worked pretty well for me, and I was able to have gummy vitamins. I also had a Boost in the mornings, and I was able to keep my energy up, at least enough to stay in school. After making it about a week and a half without vomiting, I found I was able to eat a few bites of spinach. Then, a few days later I moved on to blended meals, which went pretty well. I'm just starting to be able to eat some solid foods, but I still have some vomiting, but it is not nearly as bad as it was. I follow the "Diet Guidelines for Gastroparesis" by spectrum health. Google it, you can find it. I think they are pretty helpful.
I'm really not into smoking pot, I haven't smoked in years, but I had a little on Friday, and it REALLY HELPED. I don't know if I'm allowed to say that on this forum, but marijuana does have medicinal properties that help with nausea and vomiting. If you are open to it, I would recommend it...