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My Health Journey – Part 2

June 13, 2019

Hey Hey! If you read my last post, you would know that I started this series on my blog about my health journey. I wanted to raise awareness for chronic illnesses and hopefully create a positive community through it as well.

Today for part 2 will be continuing through the timeline that I have experienced everything and talk about something called Gastroparesis.

Gastroparesis, referring back to the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) just like I did in part 1, ” represents a clinical syndrome characterized by sluggish emptying of solid food from the stomach, which causes persistent digestive symptoms especially nausea and primarily affects young to middle-aged women”. That may be hard to understand but in simple terms it means that with Gastroparesis, your stomach/digestive system is paralyzed. “Delayed gastric emptying” is what some like to refer it as.

Although there is a decent list full of symptoms that people with Gastroparesis experience, an important one that led me to get my stomach checked out was that you can’t eat. Due to the slow emptying, you feel full all the time. There used to be days where I wouldn’t eat and it is literally just because I felt as if I had already eaten a full course meal but in reality I hadn’t eaten all day. I use the phrase “used to” because back in 2014 when I was officially diagnosed with Gastroparesis, I was having severe symptoms from not being able to eat anything, feeling like I am going to throw up ALL the time, acid reflux, bloating, chronic pain, etc. Currently, I still experience some of these symptoms today just not as intense as when I was first diagnosed.

To give you a little insight into GP, if you know at least a little about the digestive system, you would know that it takes a regular digestive system about 4 hours to fully digest a meal. Mine on the other hand has taken a good 24 hours most days to digest a meal (don’t ask me how I know that, lol). This causes a lot of nausea, chronic pain, and acid reflux because the food you do eat just sits there in your intestines until it is very slowly digested (if your interested, there are videos on YouTube about it). I do not experience the feeling of being full without even eating any longer which feels so good. There are many people that I follow with Gastroparesis and without even having to read about it, you can already see that this disorder can affect each and every person differently which makes it hard to treat. I have taken many medications and tried a million different diets to try to feel better and you basically just have to figure out what works best for you and what makes you feel better.

I live with this along with GGM (Part 1) on a daily basis as well as what I will be talking about in the next parts of this series. If you or know someone with Gastroparesis, please comment down below so I can talk to you all! I would love to create a community for all of us that experience a chronic illness of any kind. Also, if you have any questions for me about anything that I talk about, please DM me on my Instagram and I will respond to you as soon as I can.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a GREAT day!

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