How a Gastric Emptying Test Solved my Life-Long Mystery

July 15, 2016

It all started years back when I was younger, I’d always had problems with certain foods but I just got called “fussy”– especially when it came to meat.

Years later, I went to my general practitioner and explained my symptoms. After a quick look, he took what felt like a wild guess: it was my appendix! He said. I was to have it removed.

Instasize_1105190351Unsurprisingly, a year later, I was no better off.

My surgeon took me back in and had a look, but, he too, was stumped.

I was then sent to a bigger hospital where I’ve had years and years of tests, they all came back inconclusive.
Last November I got really ill and was admitted to hospital. They then did more tests, inconclusive again, untill I had a GES (gastric emptying study), I was then diagnosed with Gastroparesis. I’m constantly sick, I’m tired all the time, I’m in constant pain, it has turned my life upside down.
This condition has effected my life in so many ways, I got really ill at 14 (2009), I struggled through school, I was the girl that was never in class. This summer (2016), I have been told I’ve been getting a permanent feeding tube. There is no cure for Gastroparesis, only ways to help you live through it. I never thought my life would be like this, I’m still hopefully I will go to university next year and become the person I wanted to before I got ill. It’s hard to try and not let something like this stop you, it’s stopped me many times, but now I know my limits, I know what I should and shouldn’t do (most of the time) it’s now up to me to make my life the way I want it.

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