What is Gastoparesis
As many of you already know, I coordinate monthly fundraisers with my #HotMessExpress TEAM! August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month, and we are fundraising for www.g-pact.org! So what is gastroparesis? According to G-PACT.org, “gastroparesis literally means paralyzed stomach.”
I hope you’ll take a moment to read about gastroparesis and our teammates personal experience with the disease, and join us over in our fundraising group!
Symptoms of Gastroparesis
Some of the symptoms can include…
1. Feeling full after only a few bites to eat.
2. Nausea – typically after eating.
3. Vomiting undigested food from hours or days prior.
4. Abdominal Pain
6. Excessive Belching
8. Weight Gain
9. Weight Loss
10. Loss of Appetite
13. Heartburn or reflux not controlled by medication
14. Erratic blood glucose levels
Causes of Gastroparesis
While there are many causes to gastroparesis, diabetes is the most common cause. Other causes are abdominal surgery, neurological disorders, neuromuscular disorders, mitochondrial disease, eating disorders, temporary gastroparesis, endocrine disorders, cancer/radiation treatment, and viruses. Often times, there is no known cause. The cases with no known cause are thought to be caused by a virus, and something that can reverse over time.
Treatments of Gastroparesis
Unfortunately, most medications or treatments available are only for the symptoms and don’t address the actual cause. Current treatment methods include diet modification and medication. Surgical procedures are available to help with some of the gastroparesis related complications though. “In the most extreme cases, a full or partial gastrectomy may be necessary, or when the small bowel is also affected, a multi-visceral (4 or 5 organ) transplant may become the only remaining option”.
A Personal Experience
“Hello everyone! My daughter Lexi is now 4 1/2 years old. At 21 months of age, we both had Influenza over Christmas. After we were influenza free for a week, she started vomiting. She seemed completely fine and happy but vomited 3 or 4 times a week. She had no fever and didn’t seem sick. Over next year and a half she tried 3 different medicines and had a ton of GI testing, including scopes, MRI, and ultrasounds. She was vomiting 5 to 7 days a week at her worst. It was such an exciting and sad day when we realized you can buy puke bags in bulk on Amazon!
We constantly struggled what to tell people in public if she vomited. We didn’t know if we should warn the ballet teacher or explain it after it happened. After a year and a half we had a 2nd opinion and they had no idea what was going on. So we flew to Boston Children’s Hospital in September 2016. Her amazing GI Dr diagnosed her with Gastroparesis. She had a long few days of testing and we had to stay in the hospital overnight for one test but we finally had a diagnosis.”
The Testing Process
“Lexi was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. We learned that her stomach is barely contracting so it’s not pushing the food out. So the only way out is up! Lexi has gone from throwing up 6 times a week to 1 time every few weeks.”“Lexi’s doctor is hopeful that she will outgrow it and feels it was related to her getting influenza. There are so many people with this condition and there are many different causes and many never know what causes it. Most people don’t outgrow this. Many adults living with this have constant pain and feeding tubes. It was incredibly hard for us to put her through almost 2 years of testing before she was diagnosed.”
Joining Together to Make a Difference
What can you do to help? Share this article with others and pop on over to our fundraiser! With the help of LuLaRoe’s matching policy, our average fundraiser brings in $500.00 – how incredible is that?! And it’s because of YOU! I’m a humanist at heart and being able to give back to my community is what helps fulfill me. The generous matching policy is just another reason as to why I love LuLaRoe!
Please join us on August 29-30, 2017 for a fundraiser in honor of Gastroparesis Awareness Month! Nearly 50 retailers will all be working together in this online fundraiser! Please join in and help us give back! You can find the group HERE! The money from this fundraiser will go to helping families and researchers learn more about Gastroparesis.
*Disclaimer – I am not a medical professional and all of this information can be found at www.g-pact.org! Contact your care provider if you have concerns. This post is to bring awareness to the community and not as a tool for diagnosis.*