A big “thank you” to Lauren for informing me about ghrelin and its potential role in the treatment of gastroparesis! I hadn’t heard of ghrelin as it relates to gastric motility before, so I did some research. What I found sounds rather promising… Ghrelin is a hormone produced by the cells that line the upper […]
If you’re interested in the nitty gritty details of gastroparesis and/or Enterra Therapy (a.k.a. the gastric pacemaker), check out this lecture by Dr. Jon Gould from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some parts are pretty technical but it’s quite informative overall.
Thanksgiving is possibly the most food-focused day of the year. It’s a holiday that revolves almost exclusively around preparing, admiring and eating a huge meal for which we are supposed to be thankful. For someone with gastroparesis, this can be depressing and isolating. But it doesn’t have to be…
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 […]