Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome Stories

Karen’s Fight Like a Girl Story (SMA Syndrome)

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So, seven years ago, I had lap band. I will not deny that, since then, I have still battled anorexia and bulimia. I have maintained the same weight for six years, though I can also say that, for the last three to four years, I've experienced this excruciating abdominal pain, which I thought was gas all along. Well, this past Super Bowl, Feb. 2016, I endured a pain that was so unbearable, I crawled back and forth from couch to bathroom, trying to vomit. My stomach was so distended, the docs told me it was going to pop. After allowing them to insert an NG tube, I put out two liters of stomach contents. I never knew for the last three to four years that I was experiencing the symptoms of SMA syndrome. We, as one, need to help each other as we suffer an illness no one understands. This syndrome is so rare as well. I will be seeing a specialist March 4th. Wish me luck. Karen New York Submitted 02/17/2016 The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal … [Read more...]

Kelly’s Fight Like a Girl Story (SMA Syndrome, Gastroparesis)

Kelly's Story SMA Syndrome and Gastroparesis

I started out with gastroparesis in Aug. 2013, but it seems as though I have had it for years. My doctor was very neglectful in my treatment, and I got progressively worse. I ended up at the point where every time I ate, I was in pain or vomiting. My GI doctor, again, was neglectful. This turned into a fear of food and then got to a point where I actually could not eat at all. I was frustrated with my GI doctor and was at 87 lbs. I had had enough and called my sister, whose husband is in the medical field. He advised me to go see my family doc. This is what would save me. I got in the next day. My family doctor was horrified at my treatment from my GI doc. He immediately called his GI doc friend, and they both decided to get me in for a CT scan that day. Later that night, my family doc called and gave me the results: SMA syndrome. I was to meet with the new GI doc and a vascular surgeon within the week. I did not know what on earth SMA syndrome it was. So I started googling it, and … [Read more...]

Katrina’s Fight Like a Girl Story (SMA Syndrome)

Katrina's Story SMA Syndrome

I am 19 years old. I thought I was pretty healthy, but when I first started to feel it coming on a few months ago, I was horrified. I thought I had overdosed on nicotine, so I quit smoking. When that didn't work, I thought I was pregnant cuz I was getting so nauseous. Then it turned out not to be that either. I had already gone to the doctor for a blood pregnancy test. It came back negative. So I went to the doctor's, again. They did a pelvic exam and blood work. Everything came back normal. So I went home, thinking I just was sick. Then I quit eating so much food and tried to go for easily digestible foods like soup. I was also getting very dehydrated. I went back to the doctor's when nothing was working. They couldn't find anything wrong and thought that I just had acid reflux. They gave me medication for that. The doctor sent me home and told me that it should work within a week, and I should feel better. After a week, I felt slightly better, but I was still sick every single … [Read more...]

Kristina’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome)

Sharon's Story SMAS

Hi, my name is Sharon. I am a mom. First, let me say I admire all of the girls that have shared their story! My daughter, Kristina, is 20 years old and has been vomiting multiple times per day since February 26th. This happens every time she eats, not to mention the severe abdominal pain she struggles with. We have been to the ER, seen several gastrointestinal doctors, had an endoscopy, and she was told her throat was irritated (no joke, she's been vomiting every day for 3 weeks).She was told to take pantoprazole and come back in a month. She finally had a CT scan with contrast which was abnormal, and there were signs of Nutcracker Syndrome and SMAS. They said if the patient was symptomatic of these, an Upper GI should be done. She had an Upper GI, and apparently the person didn't know how to do it because after a surgeon reviewed it, he said the images were poor quality, and he couldn't conclude whether or not my daughter has this rare illness! At that time, we decided to seek a … [Read more...]

Katie’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome)

Katie's Story SMAS

Hi, my name is Katie, and I am 15 years old. I've been having stomach problems for over a year now, and every time my parents would take me to the doctor's, they said it was a virus. My parents would take me to the doctor's often. In November, they took me back, and I weighed 113 pounds. In December, I still had the pains. In January, 2 months had passed since I'd been to the doctor's, and I finally went back. They said I lost 12 pounds in 2 months, so I got scared. My doctor contacted my local hospital and wanted an Upper GI and a sonogram, so I went the next day for testing, and later that day, after my tests were done, they sent me home. On my way home, my doctor called my mom and said I needed to come back to the hospital. So I went back, and the 3rd day I was in the hospital, they said I had Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome. I had no idea what that was, so my doctors told me and said that is why I've been having stomach problems for so long. They also said it's really rare, … [Read more...]