Does anyone here suffer from gastroparesis? I was diagnosed with it back in April and it means my stomach digests food slower than normal so I feel fuller on less calories and lose weight without meaning to. I've lost 25lbs so far this year, going from 145lbs to 120lbs as a 5'10 23yr old dude which is not good. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and general food anxiety due to the possible effects it might have on me. I'm currently 123.5lbs as of this morning and trying to gain back the lost weight. The dietary recommendations are a low fat low fiber diet so digestion is not slowed further, typically around 50g of fat and 15g or less of fiber per day. I've been eating cream of rice, rice, potatoes, bananas, oatmeal, and fruit juice for carbs and have protein shakes too, but I'm looking for other good carb options and personal experiences with this. I'm struggling to eat enough to maintain my weight at times, let alone gain, and would appreciate any advice.
Note: this is not meant to be a strict paleo food approach, any soft and tolerable food is recommended and I have been including some low fat cheddar cheese to help bump up cals. High fat does not work here, only high carb, moderate to higher protein, and low fat. I tried high fat because they are calorie dense and failed miserably, had horrible stomach pain.
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on January 10, 2013
at 08:11 PM
Just out of curiosity,
Were you diagnosed with a gastric emptying study?
Have you figured out what the cause is for the gastroparesis?
Diabetics tend to develop gastroparesis as a function of the neuropathy from the constant high blood sugars... what are your blood sugars like?
Do you have any other history of neuropathies or neurological problems?
Also sometimes people with connective tissue disorders like scleroderma can cause this....
I guess the potential causes can be varied.. just throwing some ideas out there, since a lot of time addressing the inciting problem can help to alleviate the symptom.
on January 24, 2013
at 08:40 AM
NSAID Painkiller Drugs/Too much intake of Strong Food like Fried food, White Flour, Red Meat/Baked food or in some case surgeries or for some other reason, have Caused slow down in stomach Digestion thus resulting in Dysmotility Or Gastro paresis or partial paralysis of stomach Causing delayed emptying of stomach.” http://www.aboutgimotility.org/site/about-gi-motility/disorders-of-the-stomach/ “
These results in ACID BUILDUP, also known as Acid Indigestion and excess acids in turn make our stomach Sensitive thus making it difficult to drink tea coffee Alcohol or anything that stimulates the stomach. Mostly over acidic state in small intestine is the culprit which inhibits further emptying. The acids are also released, if you have consistent anxiety and panic attacks especially if they are centered on stomach area. This causes stomach anxieties, severe weight loss and regular flare ups making you nausea, dizzy and always hungry etc. It has major impact on your bowel movement as it literally slows it down causing severe constipation issues. What this means is that final cure shall ensure regular bowel movement.
Delayed emptying and acid buildup in turn can manifest additional issues like Constipation, sensitive stomach (where intake of spicy food especially liquid curries, tea coffee causes further anxiety) and Functional dyspepsia (feeling of fullness even with small meals). All these 3 issues must be dealt with to get final cure i.e. increasing stomach motility. Functional dyspepsia can be cured by stomach exercise (kapalbhati) while Triphala helps Sensitive stomach and motility issues
Treatment therefore should be done using all of following steps:-
on December 27, 2012
at 06:31 PM
What kinds of fats did you try when you did high fat? I had mild gastroparesis (I don't think I do anymore now that my hiatal hernia has gone away). Coconut oil and the like did bug me, but eggs cooked in butter, and butter in general was always ok (esp. on potatoes), plus olive oil on rice helped me keep up the fat. Rice, oatmeal and potatoes were all a part of what made me feel better in general, plus drinking orange juice. Do you have trouble getting in a lot of them? Also, for sheer carb calories, I added maple syrup onto my oatmeal, which has a nice blend of minerals (I get the dark grade B) and a dab of butter. Any idea what your calories are, on an average day? What kind of meats can you tolerate?
For protein I drank bone broth, and if I didn't have time to make my own, I would mix gelatin powder into orange juice (an idea I got from the Ray Peat fans), which tasted great and got in some good animal sourced protein, collagen, etc. Kind of like a thin, juicy protein drink.
I still have general food anxiety from my experiences, and still take Zofran, which blocks serotonin from the 5ht3 receptors, negating the nausea issue, which was the hardest thing for me to get past. I don't even know if I need it anymore, but the psychological damage of having non stop nausea for months every time I tried to eat solid food took a serious toll. I also lost a ton of weight during that time, mostly because I just started to hate even trying to eat, and the Zofran helped me get past that. I eventually felt my appetite actually increase and was able to gain back some weight since I had also lost too much.