When I last posted, I was at the Mayo Clinic having my gastric pacemaker settings re-adjusted. After I met with Dr. Fox on Friday, it seemed as if the flare-up was gradually starting to subside.
One week after having my pacemaker settings adjusted for the first time, I had to head back to the Mayo Clinic because my symptoms had returned with a vengeance. In the days after the first adjustment, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling as well as I had been prior to my return visit. Not significantly […]
This week I headed back to the Mayo Clinic for my first follow-up visit since the gastric neurostimulator was implanted five weeks ago. My surgeon, the fantastic Dr. James Swain, gave me the all-clear to start exercising again and get back to normal activities. The device is placed perfectly and everything has healed up nicely […]
I had a gastric neurostimulator (also known as Enterra Therapy or gastric pacemaker) implanted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN about two and a half weeks ago. Here’s my feedback, so far:
On the Dr. Oz Show today, he recommended Himalayan sea salt as a remedy for heartburn. Though Dr. Oz didn’t explain the science behind his recommendation, he noted that this particular salt has been used for many years to alleviate reflux symptoms and is seemingly effective.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s promising research underway that suggests that medications used to treat depression may also alleviate symptoms of functional dyspepsia, including fullness, bloating, and heartburn. Functional dyspepsia is a fairly common digestive disease that’s often misdiagnosed as acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome. Classic symptoms are fullness immediately after eating, […]
Tomorrow morning, I am having gastric neurostimulator surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I’ll be away from the blog for a few days, but I plan to share my results and experience with all of you ASAP. I also have a great deal more information about gastroparesis and related illnesses that I’ll be […]
Metozolv ODT, an orally-disintegrating version of metoclopramide (a.k.a. Reglan), has received FDA approval for the treatment of diabetic gastroparesis and severe GERD. Metozolv (metoclopramide) is an antiemetic and gastroprokinetic agent used to treat nausea and vomiting, as well as facilitate gastric emptying. The tablets melt on the tongue, which will be helpful for patients on-the-go and those who struggle […]
During a Gastric Emptying Scan at Mayo Clinic earlier this year, the technician instructed me not to chew gum or suck on hard candy for the duration of the exam as it could potentially skew the results. Curious, I asked him to explain. Apparently gum and candy both cause increased salivation, which can actually speed […]
Please Note The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please talk with you health care provider before stopping any medication or changing your treatment plan. I was treated with high, daily doses of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for acid reflux disease for nearly 10 years […]