By riquelskyy Latest Reply 2012-05-24 17:37:33 -0500
Started 2012-05-24 05:13:27 -0500

I am type 1 and I've just been diagnosed withgastroparesis . Also I had to have a blood transfusion because of my anemia. I just got out of the hospital due to DKA. They said all my electrolytes were low and that's what was causing my vomiting and diarrhea. Im really scared. I've been trying to read up on this but haven't found anything saying if this is reversible or not so if anyone has any insight on this condition please please let me know. Im still young,21 and I don't want any more complications then the ones I already have. I also suffer from depression, anxiety, and neuropathy. :(

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GabbyPA 2012-05-24 06:45:41 -0500 Report

I am sorry to hear you are struggling with so much right now. There are many here in the community that have had to face the same issues. Here are some discussions on it that might make you feel not so alone.

As James mentioned, it is a type of nerve damage that is done to the digestive system. Like your neuropathy it might be managed and with determination it could improve. Perhaps your youth will be your blessing in this?

jayabee52 2012-05-24 06:14:38 -0500 Report

Howdy Riquelskyy!

Wow, it seems that if it doesn't rain, it pours regarding your health.

You mentioned a number of conditions in your original posting but asked if "this is reversable". So I'll go through the medical challenges you are facing and address each.

Gastroparesis — See this article from the NIDDK here ~

It seems to offer hope that the disease may be managed. Since the problem may be nerve related (vagus nerve) it may be a long time of keeping one's Blood Glucose (BG) at "normal" levels to allow the nerve to heal. Since nerves generally regenerate very slowly.

Vomiting and diarrhea may be caused by the gastroparesis, as well as be the cause of your electrolyte imbalance.

I believe I suffer from intermittent gastroparesis myself so I think I know what you may be feeling. I am 60 y/o and yes it IS scary even for me!

Praying God's love and healing for you!


EDIT: I just read the wikipedia article on gastroparesis and it covers the topic well and emphasizes several unclear points in the NIDDK article. I cannot link to the article for some reason, so if you wish to read this article you'll need to google gastroparesis and then select the wikipedia article.