Has anyone had success in gaining weight while suffering from gastroparesis? If so, how did you do it, both in food choices and amounts?
I've been suffering from gastroparesis for four years but only two months ago found out I had it. The two hour gastric emptying test revealed that 45% of the meal moved on while it should be at least 60%, preferrably 80%. My GI doc said that my emptying rate is not bad enough to warrant motility drugs, but despite this I tried Reglan but had massive anxiety attacks so I stopped. I also had an H.pylori infection but took antibiotics for 2 weeks and it should be dead now. The big problem is I am losing weight and cannot seem to gain weight, let alone maintain. I'm 23yrs old, 5'10, and was 144lbs on Jan 8th but as of this morning I'm 122lbs.
I am literally slowly killing myself and hate it because I get stomach pains and/or nausea so bad that I cannot eat. I am constipated most of the time but once every week or so I have a massive bowel movement, likely due to all the buildup of crap in my body due to the gastroparesis. I feel tired, weak, and out of it most days due to this and the fact that my sleep is bad due to my stomach issues. I've tried ensure, boost, and glucerna, but they make it worse so I don't drink any calories. I can eat well for a couple days but then it all goes downhill for one or two after that. I think I have SIBO but am not sure, is the test for it complicated?
I'm just so frustrated and looking for some help and guidance. I am currently working as a credit analyst at a bank but I still live at home. I want to move away and get a different start and start my own life, but I am being held back by this. If anyone has any advice I'd greatly appreciate it.
Edited August 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm