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Confessions of a Gastroparesis-Sufferer | She Saw Style
Reading Time: 5 minutes A what sufferer? Gastroparesis. A chronic digestive disease. A disease that I live with. On New Year’s Day of 2015, I wound up in the emergency room. I hadn’t been able to keep any food in my stomach for 24 hours, and I was miserable. This wasn’t the first time I’d dealt with stomach ailments. In fact, I’d basically been living with an ongoing “stomach ache” since I was in preschool. We just didn’t know what was causing it. I’d stopped eating dairy, been tested for celiac, and tried a “healthy diet” more than once. However, I also had the lining of my stomach ripped at 16 from an acne medication, a serious bout of mono, and a severe eating disorder. Let’s just say, I wasn’t exactly kind to my stomach, and the repercussions were much more extreme than I expected. After a slew of medical examinations, my gastroenterologist suggested a gastric emptying scan. Nutshell version: they make you eat some radioactive eggs (I thought I was going to become a superhero), then lay you beneath a camera, which follows the radioactive material through your system. I was told that while most individuals can process something that simple in around …