Gastric Pacemaker: One Year Later
As I’ve said many times on this blog, Enterra Therapy is the best symptom management tool I’ve tried in the past seven years. It has significantly reduced the frequency and severity of nausea, which in turn now allows me to sleep through the night on a consistent basis. I’ve been able to improve my nutrition, gaining nearly 10 pounds over the past year. In turn, I look better, feel better and my body has begun to function better overall.
All of that said, it certainly hasn’t cured the gastroparesis. I still have slow gastric emptying. I still have to manage my diet very carefully, pay close attention to my stress level, and make sure I get adequate exercise and proper rest. I also still take anti-emetic medication, Zofran and/or Tigan, on a fairly regular basis. But, for me, the gastric neurostimulator was the missing link that made all of those other things far more effective.
Bottom line: I can say without a doubt that I’m healthier and happier now than I was a year ago and I’m grateful to have the device. Happy Birthday, Chuck! (Yes, I named it…)
P.S. I’ve received a lot of questions about my experience and gastric electrical stimulation in general, so I’ve recorded a two-part video blog. View Part I here. (Part II will be posted soon!)
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