This is my mother's story.  April 2013, elective surgery for lower back pain.  Same day surgery, in and out.  Within 48 hours my mother rushed to the hospital with a blood clot in the lower back and was sent to surgery to alleviate.  Within a week of the 2nd surgery she was again hospitalized for fluid.  As a result my mother was left with a syndrome called "cauda equina syndrome" because the nerves were damaged and she now has to self catheterize to relieve her bladder, she's unsteady on her feet and she just feel and broke her hip--but the worst...


Gastroparesis the beginning.
I believe my journey began in 1989 with the first migraine, but I didn't realize it. The first migraine I had was a reaction to Indocin.
I thought, at the time! And it may very well have been!
What you also need to know? Is that I was an avid exerciser, biker, jogger, and really worked at being healthy. Always had sinus and constipation issues but did my best to get around those without slowing down and you would not see me near a doctors office~~ until it interfered with my life!
Which one winter it did with pleurisy... My Dr just...

I don't know what I have because all tests have come back "normal." I wake up with a flat stomach and the first time I eat or drink anything it distends severely. I look suxonths pregnant.
I had an endoscopy scheduled last august, but a week before it I found out I was pregnant. They obviously wouldn't do the procedure. Miraculously, the bloating and pain went AWAY. I had nothing during the whole pregnancy and after until a week ago all the symptoms came back. I go through bloating and distension and stomach cramps (sometimes severe) and diahrrea and constipation. I have no idea what...

Hi. It all started with being fed cow's milk when I was a baby. I was constipated from that time on. In my family, we ate what is considered the American diet--meat, dairy, eggs, fruits, vegetables, processed foods, baked goods, white bread, and so on. I remained constipated while being potty trained and received repeated suppositories and enemas for a while and was traumatised by them. As I got older I slowly got better but it was not until I changed what I ate, then things really got better. I became a pure vegetarian and paid attention to combining foods. I ate whole grains, fruits and...

Hi ALl....In first place my heart goes out to all who have been suffering from GI disorders..!

I am a 24 year old male from India, Late April 2013 i had Typhiod fever post that i developed intestine infection... Currently i am undiagnosed with symtoms of Abdomen pain, hunger, constipation/diaherria, nausea and head pain.

Its so hard to explain this symtom in India ( as GI disorders are so uncommon here).. Always been told "its in your head" and this is freaking me out ( i am like what ?, if you cant diagnose pls admit it but dont let me go mad with your words).



This is actually a story about my late husband , who just passed away on June 17, 2013 at 50 years of age. He had wasted away to 94 pounds, he used to be 210 pounds, 5'11".
He literally died from having chronic diarrhea for over 15 years which led to wasting sundrome, malabsorbtion syndrome. He also was diagnosed with Pancreatitus, Diabetes Type 1, Hyperthyroidism, COPD, Congestrive heart failure, ( he had 3 stents), SMA syndrome, anemia, bouts of ketoacidosis and gastroparesis.
His symptoms began in the late 80's with the symptoms of Diabetes, drinking large amounts of pop...

I am a 24-year-old female. Throughout my childhood I suffered with constant GI problems. My parent's told me that when I was a baby I could projectile vomit like you would not believe. As long as I could remember, I would throw up almost daily. It was fairly random and just became a part of my life. Later on, when I was in my teens I had horrible problems swallowing. I would have to have a huge glass of water near me to be able to eat and get the food down. This was chalked up to not chewing my food well enough, although I KNEW that was not the case.

I was 18, and it was the day...

My story is a journey I have described in www.slowstomach.com
It is an ongoing story, one that I am currently still adding to, but feel free to use it to increase awareness of gastroparesis.
Thank You,

My Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Story

I went undiagnosed with Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction (SOD) for 14 years…

Immediately after having my gallbladder out in 1998, I developed severe pain in my right side, under my ribs that radiated to my back and shoulder. My primary care and GI doctors ordered an endoscopy, barium enema, and blood tests. All came back normal. My GI doctor told me I had IBS and to drink Metamucil. For the next 12 years I learned to live with the pain. I survived without narcotic pain medication. Instead, I focused on deep breathing, yoga, and a...

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