Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome Stories

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...]

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

Purple Ribbon

This is coming from a 16-year-old. (: God Bless. (: Whenever I was younger, I would always get sick. Stomach aches, getting sick to my stomach, etc. I weighed 75 pounds for the longest time. Me and my parents both just thought it was just a little virus, always going around and hitting me. For the longest time, my mom, aunt, and I thought that it had something to do with my monthly cycle. Rewind to 2013. During the first couple months of 2013, my stomach would always hurt. You know, the usual stomach cramps, stomach aches, vomiting. I would always be dismissed to the office to take the usual Tylenol, but it would never happen. Fast forward a few months, and the same thing would occur, just a little more frequently than others. Now let's get to the hardest 3 days of my life, starting on November 4th, 2013. That day was supposed to be just a regular ole Monday. There I was, just dealing with school, trying to waste the day away being bored in my easy freshman classes. That Monday was … [Read more...]

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

Alisha SMA Syndrome

Hi, my name is Alisha, and I am 23 years old. I was diagnosed with SMA about 4 months ago. I have had problems with my stomach for as long as I can remember. I was constantly going to the emergency room, at least once a month, throughout my teenage years, usually being pumped with fluids through an IV and being told I was dehydrated and then being sent home. Some of the time, I would have a UTI also. I also was told at a very young age that I have endometriosis. I am trying to quit smoking for my new specialist I am seeing for my SMA. I'm hoping he will consider doing surgery or something for this very soon because I don't know how much more I can take. The pain is increasing, and now I get flushing with the pains, and I lost my balance at work and fell over the other day. I'm worried I'm gonna collapse or not be able to take care of my three little ones or work. It helps to take away a little pain if I sit on my couch and do a knee to chest position. I really don't know much about … [Read more...]

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


My Story: Surviving SMA Syndrome Hi, my name is Tonya Valleau, I'm 21 and was diagnosed with SMA syndrome earlier this year. I'd like to share my journey with you all. Around mid August of 2012 marked the very first time I started getting sick. It was initially a morning sickness, feeling extremely nauseous once I started moving around in the mornings and often times I would vomit. I also had discomfort when passing bowel movements (gross, I know). The nausea would go away within a few hours and I’d feel completely fine for the remainder of the day. This lasted for about two weeks. I quickly ruled out the possibility of pregnancy, knowing ‘morning sickness’ was not the cause. Since it only lasted for a few hours daily I was able to ignore it and continue on with my day for the most part. I assumed it was a stomach bug and it would pass. It didn't. It eventually got worse, my nausea and vomiting turned into an all day thing. It was a quick switch. I woke up one day and just could not … [Read more...]