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February 28, 2000
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I read the other post about St. John's Wort...I've stopped taking it at my doctor's recommendation because I'm taking other meds. But I have another weird problem that's developed.

I have gastroparesis and gastroesophageal reflux, and the resulting ulcers, even though I'm only 20. I'm taking cisapride (propulsid) and Prilosec to control my symptoms but even though I've had this problem for about a year, the doctors still don't know why someone so young has a disease that commonly affects people in their late 40s.

So anyways, after having some really bad problems, I'm on a terribly restricted diet and am not allowed to do any activities that put pressure on my stomach (even jogging) or wear tight clothes (oh no! ha ha). I'm pretty listless and tired most of the time now, I haven't posted a lot in a few months now.

But now I've been having terrible mood swings. The kind where you can be happy and sweet and then in 10 minutes, you're screaming bloody murder then 10 minutes later you're crying like a baby. And I'm jittery all the time, and I've begun to obsess about things in an unhealthy way. I read that anxiety is a side-effect of the propulsid. Am I having anxiety attacks?

Does anyone know about this or have they had similar experiences? I was making so much progress and feeling really emotionall healthy after all the drug problems I had. Now all of a sudden I'm having drug problems...but they're prescribed to me!

February 28, 2000
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Cici,
I was wondering where you are.

If you are feeling weakly or jittery that sounds to me like an electolyte or acid-base imbalance. Did you have samples taken and checked for sodium, potassium, chloride and CO2? These get mixed up when the acid from the stomach is lost. And did you have your blood pressure checked? If it is low it could also explain some of your symptoms (I know that low blood pressure is not treated as a diesease in the US, over here it is). Low blood glucose would also be on my list of rule-outs.

And I think it is fairly common to "obsess" about psychological things when the physiology isn't working right.

Hope you get well soon. Take care

February 28, 2000
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Hi CiCi,

I to suffer from gastroparesis and gastroesophageal reflux and have since I was a young teen. All that was ever prescribed for me was malox and at times pain pills because at times it can be very very painful. I ended up in the hospital when I was in my 20's and they ran lots of tests but overall said is was due to my stress level. I believe by my being abused as a child and teen brought on alot of my symtoms. I used to worry constantly about everything and anything. Now in my older years I too take proslex and it helps and I have calmed down quite a bit finally! And my stomch symtoms seem to have gotten much better.

I don't have a solution or answer to your questions but wanted to share with you that I to went to something simular and have improved greatly.

Take Care and hope you feel better
Bel

February 28, 2000
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I had gastroesophageal reflux for about a year. It seemed to come out of nowhere and boy was it bad. A year of total hell. It was caused by a very bad time I was having in a relationship and I was very bitter and resentful. It went away when I hit a low point and literally did not eat anything for a month. I dropped 20 pounds over a couple of months and the reflux has never come back even though the weight did. I think perhaps I started to get less angry, resentful and bitter and that did the trick.

February 28, 2000
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Mood swings etc...have you had your allergies checked?

February 29, 2000
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Wow, thanks for all the responses! I had no idea so many people would want to help.

I haven't had my allergies checked, janes. I don't really have too many problems as far as allergies that I know of. I mean, I've had chronic lung problems since I was little because my dad smoked lke 3 packs a day and used to hotbox me in the car everyday on the way to school with the windows up. ACK. But other than that, I don't really have that many problems.

Yesterday I didn't eat hardly at all. I had a bagel and half a turkey sandwich and tea and lots of water. I feel better today, actually, and I'm wondering if it has somethign to do with a food allergy or something. I don't know.

Eve...the wonders of medicine in the US. I pay exorbident amounts of money to go to a specialist for 15 mintues every three weeks. It costs me about $300 every time (luckily I have good insurance) and she justs sits accross from me at her desk and says, "Well, we don't know what the problem is, so let's take some more blood out! Let's run more tests that are ear-marking you as a patient with chronic illness, so when you need to get new insurance after you get married, you won't get any of this stuff covered by insurance any more!" Great. Sometimes I think that this private health care system is completely useless. My dad is sort of slowly becoming paralyzed and all the doctors are like, "we don't know what's wrong. have some more pain killers"

I tried creative visualization and meditation, which maed me calm for a little while. I don't know what I'm going to do. I have to wait at least three weeks to see any of my doctors, or even the mental health specialists they have at my school. So I'm pretty much on my own with this.

February 29, 2000
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Ya know....even tho medical care may be moe "resonable in th eUS they still are just "practicing"

Women aren't "supposed" to do the menopause thing til 55. Why do some do it at 35?

Your symptoms may be those of a condition experienced by older people mostly but....

From what I gather to check allergies...cut way back to a cleansing type diet (read up on this) then add one food at a time(just not every 5 minutes)
could be additives too.

my parents used to go to an old doctor who would check them out ...give them a handful of pills in an envelope and instruct them to drink eight ounces of water with each pill..then he said to just throw out the pills and drink the water..

the water may have been the key..I know I don't drink enough

ttfn

March 1, 2000
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Hey Cici,
Could you tell me what the symptoms of your condition are? i havent heard of it.

But i will tell you what my anxiety disorder did to me.,

AT first i thought i was feeling scared all the time becuase i was feeling sick every night.

It was the other way round, i had developed anxiety disorder. I felt sick ALL the time. i couldn't eat, just the thought of food made me scared becuase i knew i would feel SO sick. i lost wieght, this went on for about 2 yrs, till i found out by chance how all my symptoms were those of anxiety disorder, i know so many people with this now and we all have the same bag of symptoms and having learnt about it and how to control it i am much much better.

My mother also has terrible stomach trouble, they have run tests for everything even looking everywhere for cancer, the lot. But they can find nothing there, again with her it is "just stress"

The stomach is so so vulnerable to stress of anykind. also the problems often occur in the more "peaceful" times. The pains and so on seem to come after the shit has hit the fan and all been cleared up.

I say this only to make the point of how much stress can affect the stomach, even when things seem to be going right, it can be thought of as an aftershock of stress.

You have been through one hell of a year girl! you have acheived so much and it seems to me that this is now the first time you have been able to sit back and enjoy your life for a long while.
For you to write and tell me you are now experiencing stomach problems DOES NOT SURPRISE ME AT ALL! i keep seeing this happen time and time again, and it sucks. It is a very emotional organ!!but i don't think Vaentine cards would sell so well if they had nice pink stomachs printed on them instead of Hearts!

I don't know if any of this is related to what you are experiencing but i would bet top dollar that it is stress related.

But if it is, you need to eat. and eating will get easier for you if you eat, if you don't eat then every meal you have will be a difficult one to digest.
I got through so many packets of peppermints, they help. Cereal is good, but as janes said may be test for allergies and intolerences first. and try to eat little and often. Unless of course anyone alse who has the same thing as you knows any different, i am just telling you about my experience with not eating much over long periods of time and how difficult i found it to start eating normally again! not to mention people assuming i had some eating disorder! But now i eat like a pig and rarely get nausea or pain, and i never get fat and that really annoys people!!!!

Best of luck to you, hope you feel well soon, and do some relaxation and meditation, that always helps!
Hazza

March 1, 2000
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Hey Hazza! What's up, girl?

To answer your query, the symptoms are as follows: after eating only a few bites of food, a feeling of fullness. Most of the time you get heartburn. The sphincter muscle between the esophagus and the stomahc is weak, so the stomach acid splashes back up into the esophagus. You get sore throats a lot, from the acid reflux. After I eat, I feel full for hours and hours. I'll get hungry, but still feel full.
Actually, it helped when I used to smoke pot because that would help with nausea and give me an appetite, but I get so fuzzed-out when I smoke that I don't like that feeling. Doctors in the US are now researching a marijuana patch for people with stomach disorders and cancer to help them get their appetite back without having smoke and get all fuzzy.

The anxiety problems have receded, though. I got an AIDS test, which just came back negative, so I was very happy. I've been studying for my two exams I have on Thursday, plus I've been having trouble with some credit card comapnies, plus my boyfriend asked me to marry him, plus I had to drop a class because I had missed too much from going to the hospital. I think it is stress related, I agree that the stomach is a very sensitive organ.

Maybe my problem is manging stress? Is there anything you can do about that?

March 1, 2000
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My personal method is to bunch both shoulders around my ears for a long time very tightly then wonder why my neck hurts.

better methods are yoga..even the T.V. kind, exercise, meditation, etc.

And learning to say NO to the stuff you don't want to do. Yes to the things you want and treaing yourself like royalty even if you are a serf.

good luck

March 2, 2000
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hi cici,
sounds similar to me, but i found that appetite is habit forming! have breakfast everyday for a week even if you hate it and soon you find yourself waking up hungry. Try to have a routine with your food, small meals often but at the same time each day, that helped me.

My mum has the exact same thing and hers is really bad but definitey stress related. She has it bad today actually cos she is worried!

capsules of peppermint oil before meals really help.

my mum is now taking charcoal tablets for her IBS and swears by them
Good luck
Hazza

March 13, 2000
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I read some articles recently that gave me more info on gastric problems in general. Apparently, most of the time a cause is never found, but researchers are now studying the link between emotional state and gastric upset. Depressed people often suffer from gastroparesis or IBS, but they manifest their symptoms physiologically rather than psychologically.

Also, having a slow digestive tract can be a sign of a thyroid imbalance, which can cause emotional reactions similar to that of depression (this diagnosis is often ignored, which is why prozac and other anti-depressants don't work on some depressed people). Symptoms include lethargy, sadness, irritability, a heightened sensitivity to the cold, feeling run down or tired all the time, dry or scaly skin, dry brittle hair and slow metabolic processes (slow digestion, feeling full after a few bites of food). Hypothyroid patients (notice HYPO- rahter than HYPER-) also have trouble losing weight. So for those who haven't been able to get better through psychoactive medication, try asking the family doctor to checkyour thyroid.

Make sure to ask what range the doctor and lab consider normal. Some say .35-5, some say .5-5.5, and actually some women can be in the higher end of normal and still feel bad. They should treat you on the basis of how you feel AND what the tests indicate.

The treatment is easy. The doctor prescribes synthetic thyroid hormones, but the dosing takes time because different people need different strengths of meds. too much of the thyroid hormone can push you into hyperthyroid, which can make you nervous, jittery and have increased loss of one density leding to early osteoparosis. Also, hypothyroidism can indicate a failure of the thyroid, which is progressive and necessitates ever increasing meds.

I got my thyroid checked out and am going to see the doctor this friday. I'd rather have all my options checked out than continue to feel tired and lazy and unmotivated and have gastric problems PLUS take meds that make me even more drowsy! I'm tired of falling asleep on my boyfriend's lap every night at 10:30 in front of hte TV!

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