My eyes we’re a blur after seeing the 22nd different doctor in about 4 months. But this time there was a partial prognosis. The doctor said part of my problems were due to a condition called Gastroparesis. Basically it meant I had a paralyzed stomach. Oh great…another dysfunctional body part.
The Wikipedia diagnosis explains Gastroparesis like this:
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.
So it appears that my vagus nerve is damaged and we all know what happens in vagus, stays in vagus.
The worst part about Gastroparesis is that it is relatively unknown so family and friends have no idea why I throw up everyday, but yet I have not lost a pound. The throwing up part is a result of the food that doesn’t gets digested rots in the stomach and the throwing up is the body’s quickest way possible to get rid of it. Since the stomach nerve muscles are not digesting it comes up through the esophagus. Gross I know. As a result of the food not being properly digested, most of the nutrients never make it into the body. So the body has learned to store any nutrients it has so it doesn’t starve itself to death. My body is in starvation mode despite me barfing up everything I eat.
Here are the most common symptoms:
- Chronic nausea
- Vomiting (especially of undigested food)
- Early satiety
Other symptoms include
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal bloating
- Erratic blood glucose levels
- Lack of appetite
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Spasms of the stomach wall
I am not a doctor and I only pretend to be one when I want to impress the ladies, so do not look at any part of this blog post as medical advice. Don’t be a cheap ass, go pay and see your own doctor! The bottom line of this disease is that throwing up is not voluntary like it is with Bulimia. That is why someone who is suffering from bulimia is thin and continues to lose weight, yet someone with Gastropareisis can actually gain weight. So yes, Throwing up is hard to do!
Have a great day!