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Is T 1/2 time of 85 minutes moderate or severe?

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My T 1/2 time (the amount of time it takes the stomach to get half empty) was 83 minutes. I was told this was a borderline reading between normal and minimal gastroparesis. Normal could be anything up to 90 minutes. The other reading I got was that I emptied 30 percent of stomach contents after 60 minutes. This was also tagged as borderline between normal and minimal gastroparesis; normal supposedly ranged from 35% to 65%. So I "officially" have mild gastroparesis but my symptoms were pretty acute. With domperidone, remeron and magnesium, I am able to manage fairly well. But I still have feelings of nausea and/or indigestion sometimes.

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My main symptoms are gas , bloating, abdominal pain, nausea sometimes, usually at end of the day. My abdominal pain is so bad it is crippling. It is under each rib and feels like from the top of my ribs to my hips is stretching. i can barely walk or breathe heavy? Any ideas on how to control this? Or what it is? Gas?

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The pain could be gas. Gas usually comes and goes, at least it does for me. I do have a lot of abdominal pain that isn't gas.
You could try gas-x and see if it helps.
What have you had for tests besides the gastric emptying test?
They must have looked at your gallbladder. Sometimes stones get stuck in a duct and can be missed. usually the pain is on the right side, under the ribs, at least that's where mine was. Sometimes pain can be referred.
I hope you get some answers and some relief!
Take care,
Jo

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I have read in a few studies that the gastric emptying test needs to be done for 4 hours to be sure if there is no delay in emptying; supposedly some will have a normal result for the first 2 hours but show significant delay at 4 hours. I have also read in other studies that symptoms and emptying time don't always correlate well at all(across different individuals; there is probably still a correlation within the same individual). That is to say, two people with GP may have similar emptying times but one may have severe symptoms and the other mild symptoms.

Simethicone (Gas-X) as suggested above sometimes helps me quite a bit with my fullness/bloating/etc, other times it doesn't help me at all. Usually takes me 2 at once (250mg) to notice benefit.
-JX

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I was told normal 1/2 time is anywhere from 60-90 min.

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JX - I believe you are correct. My internist and first GI doctor refused to believe I had gastroparesis because my test results were " just a little below normal" and the internist kept saying it must be an "emotional problem" and kept pushing anti-depressants. I knew that was not correct and finally found a motility specialist at Johns Hopkins who said the 4 hour test was the gold standard, but she did not have me do it because all of my symptoms were textbook gastroparesis and she felt comfortable diagnosing me with GP. She also said that there is often poor correlation between the gastric emptying results and symptoms and that the GES results are a marker indicating something is wrong but you can't assume that if you have a 10% delay you will only have 10% of the symptoms. Luckily she got me on domperidone for motility and remeron for nausea and I am much improved.

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There isn't always a correlation between emptying times and symptoms. What you need to do is start finding ways to live better with what you have. Crystal Saltrelli's website at http://livingwithgastroparesis.com/ has lots of great resources. Crystal is a GP sufferer and a certified health counselor. Best of luck getting a handle on this and best of luck on your journey!

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My T- 1/2 was 130 minutes... and if what I read on the classification my severity is considered to be moderate.. and I am only on a diet for the moment but he diet didn't' work for me... At 4hrs I had 25% of my stomach content left in my stomach they stopped testing after that. the diet haulted my entire system from below the stomach and down if you know what i mean and I had to go back to normal eating i see my GI again at the end of the month

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Oh and for my one friend they use her GES as a way of seeing how medications work for her... like i said I've been on no meds except for anti-nausea meds and lately I have had a lucky remission of the nausea even thought I still get the cramps and fullness stuff like that I stopped taking my GERD medicine and feel bettor but I don't think my GI will be happy about me stopping my GERD med as it showed i had a significant amount of acid when i sleep at night but if i feel bettor I'm not sure what I should do ....

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