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Does anyone have this, or know much about it? I may have a mild form, or something like it, which would explain some of my more puzzling glucose scores, my complete lack of appetite until late afternoon, and my feeling sick if I try to eat earlier. Also, a couple of recent episodes of the "dry heaves" - very unusual for me.

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For a condition that few people have ever heard about, gastroparesis is awfully common. Up to 5 million Americans have it. “It is estimated that approximately 25% of diabetic patients have gastroparesis, although many patients with gastroparesis remain undiagnosed,” according to the State of Wyoming’s
Clinical Practice Recommendations for Diabetes Mellitus.

Gastroparesis “frequently occurs in people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes,” says the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion “Symptoms of gastroparesis include heartburn, nausea, vomiting of undigested food, an early feeling of fullness when eating, weight loss, abdominal bloating, erratic blood glucose levels, lack of appetite, gastroesophageal reflux, and spasms of the stomach wall.”

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Usually physicians will prescribe a promotility drug. The two I know of are Reglan and propulsid. Due to a lot of side effects with that class and the fact that propulsid has been pretty much taken off the market, a lot of times they prescribe a PPI like prilosec.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

I am on no meds of any kind. Perhaps my answer is above - I need meds to control this condition, assuming I really have it.

On the other hand, it is something with which I can live, if it gets no worse.
 
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I'm currently being tested at the moment to try and figure out what my GI condition is. My doc still thinks it could be gastroparesis... but my endo (who I saw yesterday) isn't so sure. I have most of the symptoms listed above, although I also have upset bowel and chronic belching (I get so embarrassed as it's every few seconds and I don't get breaks from it often... it's got worse) too. My stomach is constantly distended (mostly feels hard when if I touch it... can't hold it in either). I've been asked when am I expecting my baby... which I find rather embarrassing as I'm definitely not pregnant. I probably look as though I'm about 5 months pregnant though. I was advised too that gastroparesis is common amongst diabetics. I've now been referred to gastroenterology dept at the hospital where my diabetic clinic is... this hospital apparently has the only tests available in this city to check how your body digests food. I could be waiting for a while though... I pulled out of initial referral to same place previously because of wait time and went and saw a private gastroenterologist... but to date no answer. I've been told that if they rule everything else out... then I'll get diagnosed with IBS. But I'm thinking this can't be that as symptoms chronic and go all day and night.... who has that type of IBS? I just want symptoms to go away! I've just been put on anti-depressant recently to try and calm my stomach.... being monitored closely at the moment.
 
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