I’ve had an upset tummy for about 2 months. It’s not horrible, but it’s annoying. There’s nausea, a feeling of fullness, lack of appetite, etc, almost all the time. So I finally saw the doctor and of course the first thing she did was a pregnancy test. Negative. Other blood tests showed nothing abnormal except for a high white cell count that she wasn’t too concerned about. Next step was a gall bladder ultrasound and that was normal as well. Has it gotten better? Nope, symptoms are still there. So now the doctor wants me to go for an EGD and a gastric emptying study. She suspects I have Gastroparesis… oh, the joy! Diabetes, you may have played a bad trick on me this time.
A little Wikipedia here:
Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a medical condition consisting of a paresis (partial paralysis) of the stomach, resulting in food remaining in the stomach for a longer period of time than normal. Normally, the stomach contracts to move food down into the small intestine for digestion. The vagus nerve controls these contractions. Gastroparesis may occur when the vagus nerve is damaged and the muscles of the stomach and intestines do not work normally. Food then moves slowly or stops moving through the digestive tract.
While the diagnosis hasn’t been made and I’m still hoping Gastroparesis is not the case, I’m here thinking how, when, why? Simple. When you talk Gastroparesis, you’re talking nerve damage, and that means complications. Complications, you say? But I’m only 36! Well, yeah… but I was diagnosed about 10 years ago; that’s quite some time living with diabetes. And I have to be honest and admit that my diabetes management has been really poor at times and anything that comes my way will be the direct result of my lack of discipline. So instead of wondering why and calling mea culpa, I have to roll with the punches, work with my doctor and do whatever I have to do to overcome something that is chronic and has no cure.
And no, I’m not feeling sorry for myself. In fact, I’ll be glad when this is over and done, even if I get diagnosed because then I’ll know what’s going on.