Gastroparesis: Early Signs

I will often see a discussion with someone having problems with their blood sugar and another person will suggest gastroparesis.  The person having problems will say they don’t have gastroparesis because they are not sick in their stomach.  I remember one conversation in particular on TuDiabetes that my friend Natalie suggested gastroparesis based on what the person’s blood sugar was doing.  Of course, the person did not think they had gastroparesis.

DoctorI was officially diagnosed with gastroparesis in September, 2003.  I got really sick in my stomach over Easter weekend that year.  When I started doing research on it, it really sounded like gastroparesis. When I went in to see my PCP, his response was that I didn’t look that sick and if I still didn’t feel great in two weeks, I should come back and he would put me in the hospital to get fluids in me.  If that didn’t work, they would call in a gastroenterologist.  Needless to say, that was the last time I saw that doctor!  Fortunately my insurance did not require a referral to a specialist and I made my own appointment with a gastroenterologist.

I had a long wait to get in with a gastroenterologist, but in the meantime, I gathered up all the stomach tests I had done over the years.  I actually had two different tests suggesting gastroparesis.  The first of those tests was an Upper GI done in July, 1995 – eight years before I had any real signs of gastroparesis! [Read more…]

Gastroparesis: Is it Really?

StomachI have talked to a few people online that thought they had gastroparesis, but their doctor’s didn’t think that it was necessary to do the testing to confirm that. Diabetes in Control had an article about a study done by the Mayo Clinic that showed only 5% of Type 1s actually get gastroparesis and only 1% of Type 2s. They felt that anytime a diabetic has a stomach issue, gastroparesis is the diagnosis. You can read the full article here.

I know that I have seen much larger percentages. I just did a quick Google search while writing this and saw numbers as high as 55% of diabetics having gastroparesis. The article doesn’t state anything about the population of the people they studied. My feeling about most complications is that those of us that have been diagnosed longer have a greater chance of getting complications because the things we know and do today did not exist back then. If this study has only followed fairly newly diagnosed people (the study did last 10 years) that mostly only ever used the newer insulins and knew to test after meals, then that could explain the lower rate.

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