There’s a common misconception that gastroparesis cannot or does not get better. The fact is, it can and often does. I’ve received countless emails and messages over the past six years from people who were diagnosed with gastroparesis, some of whom were VERY sick, whose conditions have since dramatically improved or even resolved. I’ve decided to share some of these stories — exactly as written, with permission — to illustrate that it IS possible to get better and even recover after a GP diagnosis.
These stories are meant to illustrate that gastroparesis is not necessarily a “forever” diagnosis. They are not meant as medical advice or a template for your own healing. Each person’s journey toward living well and/or getting well is unique. However, having worked with hundreds of GPers on this path, there are certainly common themes and practices that you’ll notice come up again and again.
- Saw a CBT therapist once a week
- Saw an acupuncturist fortnightly
- Had a massage once a month
- Adopted a new dietary approach to food which followed the principles set out in your book. (I follow a low gluten, low-ish fat, low-ish fibre diet but one that puts nutrition first. I have come to believe that the underlying dietary principles are more important that focussing on, or eliminating, specific food although I am careful to avoid indigestible foods like nuts, seeds etc.)
- Walking every day – I’m very fortunate to work close to the University parks which are beautiful and now, on most days, I take an hour for lunch and walk.
- Meditate daily and adopt a Mindfulness approach towards life particularly in reactive or stressful situations. I try and live as much as possible in the present.
- Came off the amitriptyline and PPIs. My energy levels and digestion noticeably improved. I also switched to domperidone, from metoclopromide, and only take a low dose when I am going through a bad flare up
- Try and swim once a week
- Plan enjoyable social activities on a regular basis and make sure that I am getting a good life-work balance. I still enjoy eating out in restaurants and with friends.
- Pace myself – I still find this hard but I am getting better at this 🙂 I was recently head-hunted for a very demanding job but I turned it down (something I would not have done previously) because I know it is not right for me at this moment in time.
- Returned to work full-time but work flexible hours when necessary and have Thursday afternoons off to do a Tai Chi class