As many of you know I have been struggling with a disease called Gastroparesis for the past year and a half. August is Gastroparesis awareness month so I thought would post some facts about this disease. -gastroparesis, which literally means paralyzed stomach, is a motility disorder of the stomach, where food cannot move from your stomach to your intestines quick enough, this is an invisible illness - symptoms of this disease are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and severe bloating or swelling of the stomach -most gastroparesis patients are dehydrated and malnourished which is why most sufferers receive fluids and nutrition through a feeding tube or a picc line/port -an example of my delayed gastric emptying is that during stomach surgery my doctors discovered there was still food in my stomach after fasting for two days.
I personally cannot have people see me struggle with this, I feel weak for not being the strong one anymore. The only ones who have seen me extremely struggle has been my family. Laying curled up on the carpet crying as my mother strokes my back trying to get me to calm down, coming in at 3am to give me meds, traveling to meet different doctors over the country, cleaning up vomit, people carrying me up and down steps to make sure I do not pass out. I will never admit to anyone when I'm feeling crummy until I can feel the pain pulsing through my body. This is what I of 5 million other people deal with, being told it's "fake", all in the head, it's an eating disorder, wanting attention. Those who think that, are not a part of my family and have never met another person with this condition. Meeting others with some sort of IBS and being able to talk about what no one else can understand or see is what supports our IBS umbrella of the gastric diseases. -gastroparesis is not common and because of that there are not many treatments available which is there needs to be more awareness
If you want to learn more I have posted a link to a video in my bio! Happy #gastroparesisawarenessmonth #spoonie 💚💚