Allie recalls the symptoms she had indicating a problem that was later diagnosed as gastroparesis and explains if her condition is improving.
My symptoms started with bloating after I would eat. I literally would get a 9-month pregnant belly after going out to eat, and a lot of times I would just feel so nauseous and so, that’s when I started going to the doctors and over the last couple of years, I mean those symptoms are fine and you can handle them, but over the last couple of years I had a lot more trouble with fatigue and the vomiting has gotten more out of control than it ever used to be even though I used to be nauseous I wouldn’t throw up and now that’s happening all the time and it’s really hard in a work place to have your co-workers walk in the bathroom and you are throwing up.
And there’s also that added problem that a lot of people with gastroparesis or dysmotility, when they start throwing up their families all cry eating disorder and it’s an incredibly hard thing, especially because when you can’t eat out, you can’t eat most foods, anything high in fat, anything processed, you are going to be on the thinner side and that usually happens to a lot of girls. So, right now my symptoms, I have the fatigue; I have a lot of the vomiting, nausea, dizziness from medication.
Right now I am taking a medication that helps with my stomach and my nausea, but I usually end up having to be in bed because it makes me so dizzy that I can’t stand up anymore.
A lot of the medications for nausea are also the same medications given to chemo patients and they help with the nausea when someone is going through chemo, but to live a daily life and not be able to drive a car or feel like you can work from home can be really difficult.