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Gastroparesis ‘Pain, Nausea & Fatigue’ Frogs

Gastroparesis 'Pain, Nausea & Fatigue' Frogs

“Hanging On For The Fight Of Our Life”. This is dedicated to all those that suffer from a chronic illness.

Photo is property of Melissa (GP Fight) McElfresh as of it’s creation date of July 1, 2013.

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GP Symptom Managent with Food Steps

GP Symptom Managent with Food Steps

This is a great picture of our daily life as a gastroparesis fighter! I have this printed and hung in an area of my home that I can see it every day. It is easier to show my family ‘what kind of day’ it is for me and they can plan their dinner accordingly.

For more info, please click here: http://www.digestivedistress.com/what-to-eat-diabetics-idiopathics

Pain, Pot & Politics

There has been a lot of chatter regarding using marijuana/pot for pain management, that it inspired me to look into it further.  I can see pros/cons to both sides and wanted to dig deeper with on-line research to try to figure it out.  For the record, I am not ‘picking a side’.

Did I mention that I live in WA State where they are fighting for it to become legal (the degree is not known, considering how the Feds feel about it).   But the tax money it will generate for wonderful programs, the amount of big brother regulations, was the aspect that I liked.   However, some business’s in WA are now putting pot into food and drinks.  This concerns me, as a parent.  They make the products look kid friendly.

I do not encourage nor discourage the use of Marijuana for your pain management.  In watching my mother-in-law suffer in pain due to cancer, I can NOT tell anybody how to live their life.  She was on a morphine pump at home and no amount of it would help her.  And she had a very high tolerance to pain.  It is a heartbreaking experience to witness and I can not imagine going through it!

potCannabis Sativa, aka: Pot, Herb, Mary Jane, Grass, Weed, Marijuana, Dubby, Reefer, Roach, Dope (and the list goes on).  I believe has the most nicknames of any ‘drug’ we have ever had in our society.   That is just a guess.  The statistics I have found very greatly in the number of people that used and whom are addicted.  For this blog I will say it seems to be about 4% of American Adults have consumed at least once a year and 1 out of 300 Adults are addicts.  Again, each place I read something different.

In all honesty I have never used it, but was around it in my college days.  I never saw the point in doing it, after watching my ‘friends’ get high and act stupid.  That is a degree that I am NOT talking about here when discussing for ‘medical use’.  Medical use pot seems to be about 3 ‘puffs’ a day, from most pages I have read for this research.  But, I will leave it up to the consumers in how much you need.  That is an area I am not going to get involved in.  What you do is up to you and I have no business being in your business 🙂   I am just stating what I read for those that are interested in the topic. Here is a list of my findings for the estimated 76 Million Chronic Pain Americans (again, my stat is not gospel).

What pot can alleviate:

  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Suppression of nausea
  • Increase/restore metabolism
  • Relief of muscle spasms

Research has been done in the following areas with great success:

  • Glaucoma – pot relieves eye pressure
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Anxiety – in the proper dose, pot can elevate your mood and expand the mind
  • Depression
  • Obsession
  • psychologically/spiritually enhancement

Side Effects of Pot (just in case you didn’t know):

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure and breathing
  • Red/Dry eyes
  • Slow reaction time
  • Increased appetite – aka, munchies
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Paranoia,  anxiety and depression

From the articles I have read with medical research I can see great benefit from the substance, in moderation.   However,  I was not able to find out too much on how your body adapts to it over time.  If your body would build a tolerance to it and if so, would the higher dose still benefit you?  At this time that would be my only concern, should I decided to go down that road at a later date.

There are so many different types – what is best for me?

Here are the very basics:

  • How much it helps depends on the hybrid.
  • Stativa is very good for night time sleep and pain
  • Indica is good for daytime energy and mood.
  • Both (above) help nausea, however Indica is better.

Here is a very helpful website to help you: www.leafly.com

The decision is yours, just make sure you are responsible as a user and respectful of others who do not share your opinion.

Cheers to Germany and Belgium for their legal use of it and a healthy working society. Links to some of the page I went to for this blog:

BLOG UPDATE:

18 Legal Medical Marijuana States — List as of 7-1-2013 — Per ProCon.Org

http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881

Taco = BM Explosion (TMI)

I ate something for lunch that I know I should not have had.  But, I wanted a taco and have been feeling okay the last few days (only allergy issues).  So, I put a little taco meat on some chips with graded cheddar cheese, heated it and ate it very slow.   I never know how my gastroparesis is going to react to the real food.   One day it will be fine and the next is a big ‘no-no’.  And it can be the same food!  It is just a motility issue (damn stomach). 

The gas pressure came quickly, as I assumed it would.  But was willing to pay that price (this time) to have real food!  I make it for my husband and often don’t eat it.  He doesn’t take a lunch too often, so it just sits there looking at me, calling my name.  So, I caved!

As the gas inside me compounded I felt as if I was going to pass gas.  I bared down to do so.  Gas expulsion does not come easy for me, often needs a little help. 

ImageAnyway, all I can say is it wasn’t gas that came out of my behind!  Gross I know.  Imagine sitting in it, to feel the real definition of ‘gross’.  I jumped up and ran to the bathroom, strip down, putting the now ruined clothes in the sink and decided to just take a shower.  Not exactly how I planned my afternoon.  The clothes are now getting clean in the washer. 

On days like this I miss my second bathroom.  I think I have camped out in it for the remainder of the afternoon.  It’s going to be a liquid diet for a few meals (if I decided to consume anything more today) until I get back on my feet … almost literally!   

The pain that was once just minor is back in full blown glory, as if to say ‘I just waited for you to screw up’!   Along with the not so much missed: diarrhea, nausea, headache and feeling as if I just got ran over.  Guess I did… buy the GP Truck!

Thanks for reading to the end.  I am sure you have been there too, at some point, if you have gastroparesis or IBS. 

Don’t Touch Me — I’m In A Flare

A while back I had got a very bad letter in the mail, which caused extreme stress and you guessed it caused my gastroparesis to flare.  I was highly nauseated, ready to vomit at any moment and the pain in my gut was torture.  All from reading a stupid letter.

I waited for my husband to get home from work so we could ‘deal’ with the letter issue.  Basically I as denied unemployment because they felt I was too sick to look for work.  I am, but wanted to work a PT job.  Anyway, not having my job or unemployment crippled our family.  I could not pay the bills.  There was no thought of going to a doctor now or paying for medication.  I couldn’t even feed me and that’s saying something (since I live off of soup and smoothies).

I was crying and shaking by the time he got home.  I don’t know if it was the flare or the news.  Yet I think I processed the news and it was that my body hurt so bad I just wanted to curly up and lay there forever.

bed with clock

My husband could only see how upset I was and gave me a big hug.  He forgot in that moment about my GP and I almost vomited in the sink as he did so.  I pushed him away and he seemed to get the hint as I headed to the bathroom.

That night was the worst ever.  Like I said, I just wanted to be a pool of flesh in the bed … alone.  In a flare my clothes and even the sheet bug the heck out of me!  No matter what I did he was trying to hold me.  I would flip is arm away and it would find it’s way back, I would push him and he didn’t roll over.  In all of this he wouldn’t wake up.  Ugg!!   I had 1 hour left until he got up to go to work, or I was going to the couch.

When he got home that night, I told him about what I went through the night before in bed.  He said all he knew to do to ‘help’ me was to hold me and make it all better.  Great?!  How could I be mad at that?!   I told him how sick I felt and that I appreciate him wanting to hold me ( to make it better) but it just makes it worse during a flare.  I gently tried to tell him so that I didn’t hurt his feelings.  Yet I didn’t want to keep it from him and let him think it was okay next time I went through this.

I am so lucky to have him in my life and don’t want to push him away.  I am sure he must feel neglected, yet when I ask he says he his fine.  On good days, he knows he is loved!

It is very difficult to balance GP and your significant other.   All I can suggest is to be open and honest with each other.

I can be a balloon with 3 sips of soda, what’s your trick?

I was never much of a carbonated beverage drinker.  But on occasion and mixed with liquor, I would drink it.   Sadly, my gastropareiss does not like this sort of drink!  Some people can tolerate it, but I sure can’t.

One night I was wanting a cold diet sprite.  I popped it open and took a very small sip.  Just to make sure my stomach would accept the offering.  Yes, if feels like were are feeding a sacrificial god inside out stomach.  Never know if he/she is going to stab us to death from inside out not wanting what we offered!

The sip seemed okay.  So I took maybe 3 more little sips, spread apart.  I do not want to over do it and was savoring the little pops of the gas bubbles inside my mouth.  Ahhhh…

That great moment was short lived once I started to notice the pants I was wearing were getting a little tight.  What the heck?  Am I sitting funny?  I start to move around on the couch with my husband looking on.   I just can’t get comfy and now the pants really hurt!  I pull up my shirt to see that my stomach is now over the top of my pants!  Ewww.. what is going on?!   I stand up (light headed and almost fainting), but I manage to get the pants off like they were on fire.  My husband is still staring at me and I am in a small panic.  Looking back at this time, I wondered if my husband thought he was going to get ‘lucky’ and no, we don’t have children and at that time no neighbors too close (we lived in the country).

The tummy kept getting bigger and bigger.  I could feel the skin pulling and stretching.  What an awful feeling.  It stopped at some point in the night, but there was no way I could sleep.  I felt like a balloon in the Macy’s Day Parade.  Just rolling around in bed and never falling asleep.  And yes, I kept trying to pass the gas, but it was just not coming out.

DSCN0111It took about a week for all the gas to get out of me and to ware those pants again.

Here is a pic of a day that I ate something that the sacrificial god inside my stomach did not want.  This is nothing close to what I went through with the carbonated beverage!

DSCN0095

TIPS: 

1)  If you can’t tolerate carbonated beverages, you can pour the can into a blender and whip it up.  This will eliminate the bubbles that feed out inner balloon.   This tip is from a very good GP Friend and volunteer of G-PACT.  I thank her so much for this.  I did try it once and took only a 2 sips of the end product.  Yes, it worked.

2)  Pour the soda in a microwave cup and heat for 30 seconds.  This will get rid of the carbonation as well.   Let it cool or drink warm (Ginger Ale is great warm).

3)  Buy a 2-liter bottle of soda and leave the cap off.  Store it in the fridge and you are all set for the week -once the carbonation goes out of it.  Which doesn’t take too long!

 

 

The PAIN of Constipation (TMI Warning)

As I mentioned before, I am going to copy over some of my Notes on my Facebook page.  Here is the 1st one.

Following is a copy of my Facebook Note of April 8, 2013 (edited)

For a few days now, I have had more than normal side pain.  Today the pain moved lower.  As a female, I thought maybe it was a different issue.  Nope.  There is also a feeling of having ate a whole buffet!   The thought of food makes me sicker and liquids do not want to stay down.  

The self diagnosis begins…. did I try anything new?  Medication, Supplement, Drink, Real food?  Nope, nope, nope and nope.  Dang, what is wrong with me?  Just a flare?  Maybe.

As the day goes on the feelings of tired and depression hit.  Hmm, is this just the start of a flare?  Did I over do it?  Thinking back, ‘no, I don’t think so’.   Then what is it?!  

ImageFor some reason the word ‘constipation’ came to me.   The wheels in my head slowly turn, thinking about any BM’s I have had recently.  I can’t think of any in the recent past.  But if I am in ‘brain fog’ mode, who knows what I did just a few minutes ago!  For reality sake (this time), I recall not having a BM in the last few days.  Honestly, it could have been a week or longer.  I have been very bad not keeping my journal, so I have no way to know.  And a week is not unusual for me. 

Since my body hates coffee and it gives me diarrhea, I am drinking a cup now and am hoping for some relief.  This has always worked for me.   It is my hope that this will make me feel better.  Since right now the escalated pain, full feeling, no desire to consume anything, irritability (clothing hurts and everything in general), tired (didn’t want to crawl out of bed), headache, depression along with the smallest activity hates all my energy, is getting on my nerves!   I want ‘me’ back!

Good days are yet to come.  It was may fault for not keeping better track of my over all health (BM’s included) to prevent this from happening.   I am now onto day 4 with out a shower, so I will do that now.   Hope everybody is doing better today.   I have read a lot of you are in the hospital fighting -again!  My thoughts a prayers are with you all.

==== Yes, the coffee worked and I am keeping a better eye on my BM’s to stay away from what I went through! =====

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