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In Loving Memory of Christopher

Loving Memory of Christopher

Loving Memory of Christopher

I Love Someone with GP was created for my husband Christopher as a way to find a cure and to help others who love someone that is struggling with GP.  Christopher lost his battle with life on 10/1/15.  This sudden loss has shook my entire world.  I will miss him forever and always love him.  He was an optimist and true fighter.  Please visit our site to read more about Christopher and spread the word about GP and that there is support for people dealing with this illness and their loved ones.  Christopher would want us all to continue the good fight for life.

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Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE)

Those with Gastroparasesis have to experience many Endoscopies in their lifetime which involves having a tube crammed down your throat while under anesthesia.  You might want to ask your doctor about TNE for your next test.

Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE) is a technology that allows for examination of the esophagus, the swallowing tube between the throat and stomach, without the patient being put to sleep. Most commonly, this is done to check for cancer and other esophageal disorders. Indeed, the technology has changed. Doctors can now look inside while patients are awake, comfortable, and without pain, using TNE.

More Information:

TransNasalEsophagoscopy.com – Safe, Comfortable, Awake and Minimally-Invasic Endoscopy

UW HealthQuestions and Answers on TNE

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A Spritz for your bowl

We wanted to share with our site followers that someone has informed us of a great product that just might help with some of the embarrassment that people with GP can experience when having to visit the bowl.  Those with GP suffer from constant GI problems that are out of their control and you might have to use the bowl in very inconvenient places and times.  For those that are conscious about this there is a great product called Poo-Pourri.  Here is the website for the product.  It is also sold on ebay and amazon.  The Lavender one is the most pleasant one.  Our followers have told us that you really only need to use 1 spritz instead of the recommended 4-5.

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GP Forum on MedHelp

This is a forum on Gastroparesis on MedHelp.

A particular post helped my husband a little bit:

Standing upright and moving around after a meal helps a little with Gastric  emptying.  Also someone said that lying on the right side after a meal can help.  Others get some relief by using a rocking chair after a meal.  It’s all worth a try.

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GP Defined

Gastroparesis Defined by the Mayo Clinic

Gastroparesis is a condition in which the muscles in your stomach don’t function normally. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But in gastroparesis, the muscles in the wall of your stomach work poorly or not at all. This prevents your stomach from emptying properly. Gastroparesis can interfere with digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and play havoc with blood sugar levels and nutrition.

There is no cure for gastroparesis. Making changes to your diet may help you cope with gastroparesis signs and symptoms, but that’s not always enough. Gastroparesis medications may offer some relief, but some can cause serious side effects.

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Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization

John Travolta donates to this Organization!  Each page has loud music and the site is hard to read due to a dark background but it is filled with great Gastroparesis Info!!!

It is such an honest site and they say it like it is!!!  Below are some examples.

How will I know when I have a GP flairup?

“Think of the worst flu or stomach virus you have ever had, now times that by 100 then add the feeling after Thanksgiving day dinner when you had more than a few extra helpings followed by extreme fatigue that lasts more than a few hours.”

Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization

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Your Signature is needed

Move forward on and pass Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 842)

Gastroparesis affects approximately 5 million Americans. It is a disease that affects the vagus nerve which controls the digestive system. Gastroparesis is a chronic disease which slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestines, with no known cure and few medications that may help with some of the symptoms. Most physicians do not know about this disease, let alone be able to treat this disease. This petition is to show that there is great need to get the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act passed so those of us with the disease can get the help we need before this disease wins us over.

Click to Sign the Petition

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Gastroparesis: My Personal Journey

by Patricia L. Rosati (Author)

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Gastroparesis is an illness that is not commonly known or understood. Some of its symptoms include nausea, vomiting, early satiety, bloating and abdominal pain. Sounds like a routine GI problem. Until I was diagnosed with it in the fall of 2000. I knew that as a nurse, I had to dive into the research realm of this condition and figure out how to best treat myself. Throughout the years, I have tried gastric pacemakers twice, feeding tubes twice, botox injections into my pylorus three times and pyloroplasty procedures. Not willing to give up and let gastroparesis get the best of me, I decided on one more surgery. Would it be the last one for me?This is my story about how gastroparesis has entered my life and how I managed to accomplish my goals while dealing with symptom management on a daily basis. From doctors who told me it was all in my head to doctors who took the chance and gave me a new lease on life. My story includes how I found treatment, the surgeries I endured and my quality of life throughout.My hope is that through reading this, you will understand more about gastroparesis and what can be done to achieve the best symptom management possible for you or someone you know.

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GP info. from NDDIC – vagus nerve damage

 National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) information on Gastroparesis.
“Gastroparesis can occur when the vagus nerve is damaged by illness or injury and the stomach muscles stop working normally. Food then moves slowly from the stomach to the small intestine or stops moving altogether.”
This is is exactly what happened to my husband and there is no cure or way to fix Vagus Nerve damage.
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Gastroparesis Complications

Complications of GP from Puristat.

Diabetes and blood sugar fluctuations:

While delayed gastric emptying doesn’t cause diabetes, the disorder can make diabetes worse by making blood sugar levels more difficult to control. Inconsistent food absorption and unpredictable stomach emptying can cause erratic changes in blood glucose levels, in turn worsening both diabetes and gastroparesis.

Malnutrition and weight loss:

Delayed stomach emptying can affect the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients, leading to malabsorption problems and unwanted weight loss.

Bacterial overgrowth and bezoars:

Food that stays in the stomach too long can cause bacterial overgrowth from the fermentation of food, and disrupt gut flora balance. Stagnation can lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), also referred to as small bowel bacterial overgrowth (SBBO).

Conditions that interfere with muscular activity in the small intestine allow bacteria to stagnate and multiply in the small intestine. The lack of muscular activity may also allow bacteria to spread backwards from the colon and into the small intestine.2

SIBO is a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria are present in the small intestine. Normally, the types of bacteria within the small intestine are different than those within the colon. With SIBO, the types of bacteria present resemble colonic bacteria rather than those normally present in the small intestine.

Undigested food can also harden into a bezoar, a solid mass that can be likened to the hairballs that develop in cats. This may cause nausea, vomiting, and can be life-threatening if they prevent the passage of food into the small intestine.

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