Hello. I am 29 and have dealt with stomach problems since age 10. Four years ago I began to have severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Tests constantly came back normal. i was hospitalized a lot, and had to go to the ER a lot. Because my pain was so severe, the only thing that worked was narcotics. After making numerous trips to the ER, I began to be labeled as a drug-seeker. I was also accused of being bulimic due to the unexplained vomiting. Eventually I was diagnosed with Cyclic Vomining Syndrome, and was put on different meds. However, my symptoms began to get worse, and nobdy would take me seriously.
Eventually I was vomiting so much I had to have a feeding tube inserted. I also had several operations, including one that removed my gall bladder. Finally I was sent to a research hospital where I spent 2 months udergoing specialized tests. This last month, I was finally diagnosed with idiopathic gastroparesis. This means that my stomach is paralyzed. Only 5% of my stomach is working. I can take small sips of liquid, but nothing else. Currently I am 100% dependent on a feeding tube as well as I.V. nutrition. I am waiting to be evaluated for an experimental device called a stomach pacemaker.
After all these years, I finally have proof that I wasn't faking it. It's not in my head and I'm not a drug seeker. I'm relieved to finally have a diagnosis, but will never forget the way I was treated by doctors and hospital personel. I want an apology, but know that will never happen. Well, that's my story so far. :rolleyes:
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