Woman Suffering From Stomach Ache


By Ellen Lenox Smith, Columnist

Few people understand what it’s like to live with gastroparesis – a digestive disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the intestine. Not being able to digest food and eliminate waste properly causes abdominal pain and bloating.

Gastroparesis can develop when the vagus nerve is damaged by an injury or illness and the stomach muscles stop working properly. In my case, it was triggered by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

The most extreme cases of gastroparesis lead to severe nausea, vomiting, and dehydration, when urgent care may be required at a medical facility so IV fluids can be given.

You can’t allow partially digested food to ferment and become toxic in your body. There are cases where death has resulted from not being treated.

I have been searching for answers for two years now. I had times when things seemed semi-normal. But for the past three months, I have been having on and off luck with elimination and wanted to share some tips I’ve learned that may help if you also suffer from gastroparesis.

1. Changing eating habits can sometimes help control the severity of gastroparesis symptoms. It is suggested to eat six small meals a day instead of three large ones. Less food makes it easier for the stomach to empty.

2. Chew food slowly and thoroughly while drinking at least 8-ounces of non-carbonated, sugar-free, caffeine-free fluid with each meal.

3. Walking or sitting for 2 hours after a meal — instead of lying down — may assist with gastric emptying.

4. Avoid eating high-fat foods, because fat slows digestion. Red meat, pork and fowl should be ground.

5. Avoid raw vegetables and fruits. They are more difficult to digest and the undigested parts may remain in the stomach too long. Oranges and broccoli, in particular, contain fibrous parts that do not digest well. Acceptable vegetables might include avocado, summer squash, zucchini, or mashed pumpkin.

6. A person with severe symptoms may have to turn to liquid or puréed food, which empty more quickly from the stomach. Puréed fresh or cooked fruits and vegetables can be incorporated into shakes and soups.

7. Some doctors recommend a gluten free diet. Even mild gluten intolerance can result in the development of thyroid imbalance, which could worsen gastroparesis.

8. Fermented food rich in lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, black garlic, and kefir can also improve digestion. Bone broth is very nutritious and healing for your gut, as it contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, glucosamine, chondroitin, and glycine to ease digestion and soothe inflammation.

9. Believe it or not, chewing gum can make a big difference too. The act of chewing produces saliva, which not only contains digestive enzymes but also stimulates muscular activity in the stomach and relaxes the pylorus, the lower part of the stomach. Chewing gum for at least 1 hour after meals is a very effective treatment of gastroparesis.

10.  High-fiber laxatives such as Metamucil that contain psyllium should be avoided.

11.  You might want to considering giving acupuncture a try. Needles are believed to restore healthy immune and neurological function while removing blocks in your life-force energy called ‘chi’.

12.  Colonics is also something to consider and what I have had to turn to weekly to eliminate waste. A colonic is the infusion of water into the rectum to cleanse and flush out the colon.

13.  There are medications that can help. I had amazing and quick results using metoclopramide, but unfortunately ended up reacting to it and had to stop. That was heartbreaking!

Living with gastroparesis is not easy and most people connected to you have no idea the sensations it is creating in your body. Remember that eliminating is a natural and necessary process. You must rid your body of those toxins and not allow them to ferment inside you.




Diabetic gastroparesis is a disorder affecting people with both type 1 and 2 diabetes in which the stomach takes too long to empty its content. The vagus nerve controls the movement of food through the digestive tract.A damage vagus nerve prevents the muscles in the stomach and intestine from functioning, preventing food from moving through the digestive system properly. Often the cause of gastroparesis is unknown. In gastroparesis although the muscles of the stomach are weak all of the time, the muscle of the pylorus remain strong and contracted and the pylorus relatively closed. It was hypothesized that if the strength of the pyloric muscle was reduced, food might empty from the stomach more readily


In patients with severe gastroparesis sometimes only liquid meals are tolerated. It also is recommend that the Gastroparesis diet be allow in fiber due to the concern about the formation of bezoars and the fact that fibers slows gastric emptying .Doctor may refer you to a dietitian who can work with you to find foods that are easier for you to digest, so that you are more likely to get enough calories and nutrients from the food you eat. Your doctor might suggest that you try to

  • Chew food thoroughly
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently
  • Eat well cooked fruits and vegetables rather than raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Choose mostly low fat foods but if you can tolerate them add small serving of fatty foods to your diet


Following are the some Gastroparesis symptoms are given below

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea feeling
  • Abdominal distention
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating of abdomen
  • Upsetting stomach gastroparesis pain
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Poor blood sugar control


Gastroparesis Treatment begins with identifying and treating underlying condition. If diabetes is causing your gastroparesis your doctor can work with you to help you control it. Some people with gastroparesis may be unable to tolerate any food or liquids. In these situations doctors may recommend a feeding tube be placed in the small intestine. Or doctors may recommend a gastric venting tube to help relieve pressure from gastric contents. Itstreatment include dietary measure, medications that accelerate emptying or blunt vomiting, non-medication interventions and psychological therapies.However a medicine named TRENICAL is introduced to solve this problem. It is 100% natural product. It works efficiently and quickly. It isa best treatment for this disease. This product is by the Natural Herbal Remedies.



Why Gastroparesis Makes It Difficult to Have a Social Life

In America we take eating for granted. When we are born, our mother’s provide milk to help nourish us, help us grow and build strength. Then as we continue to grow up, food begins to be associated with socializing. In grade school we bring treats in to celebrate birthdays. No parent ever organizes a vegetable platter to bring in for second graders; instead it’s donuts, cakes and cookies. As we continue to grow up, we organize grabbing dinner with friends or meeting friends at the local snowball stand. We go to college, where orientation uses food to entice students to join various clubs and sports and students use food to bond with their dorm mates. When returning home on breaks, students use food and alcohol to reunite old friendships. After college graduation, “happy hour” becomes a common phrase amongst the new working force as a cheaper way to eat and drink. When we move into our first home, neighbors bring over casseroles to welcome you to the neighborhood. When we are sick, friends bring us soup to show us sympathy.

 Jamie in February 2016 taking a selfie in the mirror with her port.
Jamie in February 2016.

What if you couldn’t engage in all of these social events? What if your stomach was paralyzed, meaning you suffered from gastroparesis? What if you had to know every ingredient you put into your mouth? I was first diagnosed in February after months of suffering from frequent vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Ever since I had meningitis last summer, something just wasn’t right. I am always nauseous and in stomach pain.

Since going to Paracelsus in Switzerland my symptoms have shifted from vomiting to severe constipation. I have been hospitalized at least 10 times this year alone, many of which were for constipation. When I’m hospitalized, they usually have to use an NG tube, soap sud enemas, colonoscopy preps and magnesium citrate. That is in addition to the Miralax I take four times a day, Colace, Senna, Linzess, a prescription laxative and colonics. No, these are not suggested for long-term everyday use, but right now I have no other options.

Additionally, due to all the inflammation in my stomach, I am practically allergic to everything. I can’t eat dairy, gluten, or eggs. I was gluten-free before and it was doable, but now I’m on a pretty strict diet. A staple item in my diet is soup, but it’s difficult to eat in the summer due to the already existing heat. The other items include bone broth, well-cooked veggies and some animal protein. I was eating salads, but learned it is one of the most difficult foods to digest for the stomach.

Jamie with a bloated stomach
Jamie in May 2016.

It’s very isolating not being able to partake in social events because they surround food. I don’t like to be the person asking the waiter or waitress, “does this contain gluten?” “Hold the croutons,” or “is the soup of the day a broth or is it creamy?” It gets old and I find it a nuisance when I’m out with friends. Eventually when you’ve turned down social event after social event, your friends stop inviting you — even if it doesn’t involve food because they figure you’ll turn it down. However, I try my best not to avoid social situations, even though I have an invisible illness. I believe it’s much better to go out and be surrounded by people than isolated at home.

The tricky part of the gastroparesis puzzle though, is my weight. Last summer I was the heaviest I had ever been, but then I started drastically dropping weight from September to February. I was very self-conscious as to how much weight I was losing and just how quickly I was losing it. Numerous friends thought I had an eating disorder and even asked me about it. The truth was I didn’t even know what was happening to me. Then in March/April I switched from constant throwing up to being constipated often. Over the past few months the cycle seems to be that my stomach looks pregnant and bloated. Once again, I found myself extremely self-conscious. I have a strict bowel regimen and even then, sometimes it’s not enough to keep me out of the hospital and not bloated.

Chronic illness is lonely especially when there is no cure at this time. During this whole time I tried to keep a pretty normal social media presence, but no one really knew what I was going through. Based on an Instagram post you can’t tell what symptoms a person may be struggling with. The moral of the story is, “People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for. It is easy to make assumptions about situations you know nothing about.”