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Regarding gastroparesis. My mother is 75 and has RA and GP.

By Anonymous April 9, 2012 - 7:59am
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Her GP was under control through diet until she had fusion surgery on her back in Jan. 2012. She has been sick ever since the surgery (GP) and although she has followed her GP diet, she is sicker and unable to eat and the specialists tell her there is nothing more they can do for her. SHe is currently taking Domperidone and other medications for the GP and her RA. SHe recovered from the back surgery but is unable to regain her health from the GP. Is this the end? Or can doctors do anything else?

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HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thank you or your post and I'm sorry your Mom is in such ill-health.

So have the doctors said she is terminal? Is she suffering from malnutrition or a kind of starvation? She may need tubing for nutrition.

How is she receiving her nutrition now? And what happens when she receives it?

We hope to hear back from you!


April 9, 2012 - 10:12am
(reply to Susan Cody)

Hi Susan. Doctors indicate they cannot help her. She is able to eat very little; her diet consists of oatmeal, mashed potatoes, low fat ice cream. She is getting sicker each day and has no energy. The next step will be a feeding tube, and probably this week she will go to the hospital. But the sickness has been four months now and she is only getting sicker. When she does eat, she becomes more sick. Even sips of water make her more sick. Zofran doesn't help her sick feeling. I'm just not sure if she can get over the "sick feeling" hump to get stronger or if the gastroparesis will be the end of her. Thank you for your assistance.

April 10, 2012 - 7:56am
HERWriter Guide (reply to newyorkvj)

Hi Vicki

Thank you for the update and again, I'm so sorry your mom is in so much distress and it certainly must be hard on you too. I think a feeding tube is probably a necessary move right now as her diet is so limited (and bland) and she will have to take supplements to keep alive and well.

It seems a bit strange for her to be told she can't be helped as if to say, sorry, we're all done, you're on your own. Is she dealing with specialists now? I assume she is. At 75, she may be naturally weaker and unable to gain back some strength to fight it (the sickness and feeling/getting sick). You may have to wait to see how her tubing works.

I think it's a good idea to have a list of questions ready the next time you're at the hospital:

  • Why have we been told there is nothing that can be done?
  • Is her age a factor in her lack of progress/recovery?
  • Will nutritional tubing be temporary?
  • If so, what happens when it comes out?
  • If not, what can we expect in the next year? 

And make sure someone gives you the time to need to form a plan.

Will you keep us posted? Best of everything to you and your Mom.


April 10, 2012 - 9:52am
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