Hi, I am Jessica, and I am almost 18 years old. I have not been diagnosed with anything yet, but last year, I was 98% sure I had Gastroparesis, based on my own research. I had a 2-hour gastric emptying study, and it came back with no abnormalities. Gastroparesis is the one and only illness that fits my puzzle exactly. Please let me know if you think it sounds like I have it.
I have been suffering for a little over three years, since the beginning of 2012. I vomit at least 20 to 30 times a day, every single day. I am always nauseated, and mornings are the worst because it makes me not even want to wake up. I am always tired, and I get confused more easily. I am beyond weak and get exhausted from only running eight feet or climbing up four steps. My abdominal region is always hurting, as if something inside of me is trying to get out with a knife. I also hurt in my back and in my rib cage. I vomit right after I eat, sometimes 35 minutes after, and I vomit every morning before I eat. If I don’t eat, I still vomit, but with blood and a burning sensation around belly button and upper back.
I have had an upper endoscopy, an upper GI, many ultrasounds, many, many blood tests, a pelvic exam, CT scans, and a brain MRI, and most everything has come back pretty normal. When I was hospitalized due to dehydration, malnutrition, pneumonia, viral encephalitis, and salmonella, my tests turned out abnormal. I never go to the doctor’s anymore because what’s the point? They just will say there’s nothing else they can do. I’ve been on every medication they can think of. I lose weight every day and then gain weight some days. For example, I will lose 12 pounds, and then I will gain two to three back. I can barely ever do anything, and I am usually on bed rest. I get scared going out in public with family and friends because I always get sick. Please help or give your opinion on whether this sounds like Gastroparesis to you or what else you may think I have or what I should do. Thank you!
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