gastroparesis and lpr

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-21-2010
gastroparesis and lpr
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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 12:54am

Hi I was recently diagnosed with gastroparesis and laropharyngeal reflux after months of annoying congestion and nausea. I am 29 and have really no other health problems, eat healthy, exercise...just confused how this happened I guess. Does anyone else have any experience with either of these?

And also wondering if one endoscopy is enough to diagnose gastroparesis? I have had no other tests done, they found food in my stomach about 10.5 hrs after my last meal. Is there any other reason my stomach might have emptied slower that day or can that be a random occurrence? I'm just really surprised I have this I suppose. Most of my stomach problems seemed like acid churning, nausea, and sometimes severe pain. They did an ultrasound of my gallbladder and said it was contracted as well but no stones or anything so not doing anything with that.

Any thoughts/advice is appreciated. This chronic congestion and coughing is affecting my daily activities and distracting me from work. Just wondering when LPR symptoms start to resolve?

Thanks

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 09-21-2010 - 8:34am

Hi and welcome to the board. I am sorry to hear that you are having so much difficulty. Were you put on any kind of medication, or what did your doctor recommend?



Here is some information on gastroparesis from the NIH that you might find helpful: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gastroparesis/



And more from the American College of Gastroenterology: http://www.acg.gi.org/patients/gihealth/gastroparesis.asp



And here is information on LPR: http://www.med.nyu.edu/voicecenter/conditions/voice/larny_reflux.html



I hope you find some of that helpful. As far as when the symptoms might start to resolve, I cannot really answer that. Do you have a follow-up appointment with the gastroenterologist? It is always good to ask the doctor how soon you should see improvement.



Good luck to you and keep us posted on how things are going.




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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-21-2010
Tue, 09-21-2010 - 11:23pm

Thanks for the info. I don' t have a follow-up with GI doctor yet, he told me the same thing the ENT told me - to take Prilosec twice a day and I am following up with the ENT in 6 weeks. My main problem is I am still coughing non-stop to the point it is affecting my daily life. I work in a hospital so it is not well looked up to be walking up and down halls hacking all day until my face turns red. I wake up every morning extremely congested and sore throat, swollen glands. ENT told me the acid from my stomach irritated my throat so the Prilosec will help, but did not say when the throat irritation heals or how to treat it. I've tried OTC cough medicine, decongestants, flonase, saline nasal wash, vicks, cough drops, drinking extra fluids, hot showers, hot tea...nothing makes it go away. I am just frustrated, have been dealing with this for over a month now and just was wondering when this gets better or if these are normal symptoms of LPR (because the ENT told me they are) but it just feels horrible. I hope they are not overlooking some kind of bronchial infection or something thats all.

Nausea comes and goes but overall seems to be improving and less acid. I still get full real fast though, have done a 180 on my diet. No coffee, oranges, tomatoes, etc. Even cut out the dairy I love so much because I think it increases mucus production. I used to have a high fiber diet and now I've gone to eating nothing but starchy bland foods which have affected my digestive system as well...on top of the no coffee, I used to be a huge coffee drinker.

Just wondering if anyone else got diagnosed with gastroparesis that had no reasonable cause for it also? I guess I just got lucky lol.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-09-2011
Sun, 01-09-2011 - 1:32pm

I have gastroparesis and LPR Reflux to. I am also one of the 30-40% of people without a cause for getting gastroparesis. With LPR reflux the only meds that worked for me was 40mg Protonix twice a day and 300 mg Zantac at bedtime. I still have excess mucus (which you get because it is protecting your voicebox, throat and nasal area, never goes away) and I am always clearing my throat because of it. I suck on Halls Breezers (no menthol) during the day to help. The meds got rid of the feeling of something being stuck in my throat and the coughing. I have acid and non-acid coming back up. If the meds aren't working push them to put you on a different one. Protonix was my 3rd med I tried. The ENT put me on it, but my GI took over and put me on Zantac as well. Do to insurance though I had to be on each med for so many weeks before switching. I get swallowen glands and sore throat sometimes too, but will only last a day or two then goes away. Diet is important too. A lot of research on the web and forums has really helped me. I have a great doctor, but everyone is different in what they can & can't eat and the degrees vary, so the doctors I found aren't very helpful. If you have questions about gastroparesis feel free to ask me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Wed, 01-12-2011 - 2:02pm
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with this Cici!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2011
Wed, 12-28-2011 - 10:46am

I was diagnosed with gastroparesis a couple of years ago. I was 20 years old and had never had any medical problems. I thought I had come down with the flu but after a month of feeling naseaus and out of it, I went in to Urgent Care. First I was given acid reflux medication - this did not help. Nausea got worse and worse. I had blood work, stool samples, parasite tests etc and eventually was referred to a GI Specialist. I was given medication for nausea that did not seem to work. I had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, pelvic cat scan, and test where I ate an egg with iodine in it and then sat inside the cat scan machine to watch my digestion progress. After all of this the doctor said that I had gastroparesis because I didn't digest the egg properly. During that year I had uncontrollable bowel movements - ping ponging from dirreha to constipation so quickly it was hard to ever treat. I tried Gluten free diets. At some point I was eating little besides crackers or plain bread and pepto bismal (which didn't do a lot either). Nothing ever made it any better. Every morning I was swept over by waves of nausea, as well as during the work day. I would get dizzy and feel kind of like I had vertigo. I experienced painful gas all the time. It was very hard for me to travel or go out to eat with people (even if I wasn't eating) because I would get so intensely nauseous I would have to just hang out in the bathroom or abruptly leave and drive home. My GI Specialist told me there was no medication I could take, but suggested papaya to help digestion. While this is good for you it did not provide me any relief. Sometime in mid 2010 my symptoms just disappeared! This was fantastic and though I continued to have other medical problems with my urinary tract and gynecological health I was no longer having intense stomach problems and was able to get back to living my life.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 3:21pm

Hi, Lydia, and welcome!

I am sorry that it seems your symptoms are returning. It sounds like you have had a pretty hard time of it.

It is very common for stress or excitement to increase all sorts of g-i symptoms, so that could be what is going on for you. Are you dealing with new or unusual stresses right now?

I am not really sure that your symptoms match well with gastroparesis, but it could be.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2011
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 3:35pm
I am not dealing with any new stresses or situations right now. Stable job, stable relationship, stable home life and generally pretty happy. I guess the gastro p part is the gas, constant burping, waves of intense nausea randomly, morning acidy feeling, frequent constipation...does this sound different than gastro paresis to you?
Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Sat, 12-31-2011 - 4:27pm

Not really. I think they can all be symptoms. Have you been back to your g-i doctor to report the return of your symptoms? It would be a good idea, just to make sure there is nothing new going on.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2011
Sat, 12-31-2011 - 9:23pm
I haven't yet. He didn't have any treatment to offer me after diagnosis and i did not care for him as a doctor so i have toget another referral to someone else