I have had (new and different) ongoing digestive issues since the end of February (feeling full after only a few bites into a meal, feeling full for hours or days after even small meals, lack of appetite, feeling bloated, cramps, rapid weight loss, accompanied by lack of energy & light-headedness) so I finally caved and went to see my Primary Care Physician last week. He thinks it is either my gallbladder (which would mean surgery) or Gastroparesis (which would mean medications and a new diet regime.) I am going for an ultrasound on Wednesday. If they see nothing, we can rule out gallbladder and test me for Gastroparesis.
It is hard to say what I am hoping the results of my testing will be. On one hand, I’ve had 14 surgeries so far, so the idea of my poor abdomen and body going under the knife yet AGAIN, and the ensuing lost time from work and recovery period, leaves a lot to be desired. On the other hand, having yet another digestive condition that may result in longtime dietary restrictions, in addition to all the ones I already have, isn’t really something I can “Woohoo!” about, either.
In the event this turns out to be gastroparesis, I have been following a recommended gastroparesis diet I found on the web, which requires me to limit myself to liquids for 3 days, then liquids and soft foods for 3 days, then a select few other food types for the next 3 days. Also, this diet allows me to incorporate the 2 suggestions my PCP made to increase my protein and calorie intake: muscle milk and peanut butter (as tolerated.) This is not a permanent diet, but a way for me to give my body a chance to get back in balance so it is functioning properly. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it, since I wasn’t eating all that much lately anyway. Worst case scenario: it has no impact; best case scenario: I start to feel better in a few days. I’m on day two of the liquids, so far, and haven’t felt much better.
We shall see.