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My gastroenterologist, on advice of Dr. Pasricha at Stanford, noted the 40-50% improvement rate in both Botox and saline groups and speculated that the injection itself may have some merit. By his suggestion, I received pyloric saline injection when I had my second upper endoscopy for stomach biopsy and, sure enough, it helped tremendously. My digestion speed didn’t change much, but the level of bloating and pain I had before and after the injection was like night and day — I’ve only had a handful of days since the injection (nearly 3 years ago) as bad as the 8 months beforehand. Whether this was an impressive placebo effect or a genuine result of the saline injection is impossible to say, but Dr. Pasricha was excited to hear my good results and indicated he wanted to continue exploring saline as a treatment in itself. For a condition as intractable as GP, a nearly 50% chance of improvement is huge.
Natasha, thanks for sharing. That’s so interesting! I’m going to ask my motility specialist about this next time I see him. (I agree with you: for me, a 50/50 chance is worth it!)
If I ever have another endoscopy, I’ll definitely ask my doctor to read about saline injection. Saline costs next to nothing and should be safe. Dr. Pasricha speculated a little about why saline might help — possibly some stimulant effect, possibly by washing away some accumulation or chemical we aren’t aware of as gastroparesis-related at this time, possibly due to the needle itself rather than the injected fluid (like some kind of internal acupuncture).
My son just had his 5th botox injection yesterday. He was diagnosed at 16 and will be 19 soon. The botox injection has been a miracle remedy for him. Prior to his doctor recommending this treatment he would vomit up to 20 times a day and was in severe pain. The botox relieves the symptoms almost completely and will last about 6 months. I just wish it worked as well for everyone because it really is a very easy procedure and the results are unbelievable.
I’m going for my first Botox injections next week! I’m a little, well, a lot nervous! I was diagnosed with GP 1 year ago and it has completely changed my health for the worse. I use to be a full time oncology nurse and had to give it up due to GP. There are no motility specialists in Idaho so I see a general GI doc to is so kind and caring! Wish me luck!
I had my first Botox injections in March of 2013. I have GP problems since Sept 2012 diagnosed in Dec 2012. Botox didn’t really help much at all. I am having it again in November 2014 again. I have the Gastric Pacemaker as well. I suffer from constant vomiting, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, early satisfaction, gas, Have not been able to find any relief from diet changes, medication and pacemaker surgery. My doctor suggested I try Botox once more so I agreed to it. I am not really nervous about it just hoping for some relief from my constant vomiting problems.