I am diagnosed with gastroparesis and finally found a GI who believes that you can be this heavy on only this much food and who is willing to work with me on liquid nutrition. I have also been diagnosed with IBS, although the IBS diet made me sick for two years--gastroparesis was undiagnosed. I am having ankle swelling, chronic fatique, and short-term memory loss. I am allergic to reglan, and just came off a bunch of medications, so I am not willing to use any meds that only act short-term. GI thinks ankle swelling is nutrition problem. Take many vitamin supplements, and added potassium when leg cramps started. Also chronically thirsty. Even medications are affected--it takes an hour or more for anything to kick in, so sleep meds are out of the question. I do take wellbutrin and ritalin for ADHD, which also seems to control depression and anxiety symptoms. I was at a high dose of cymbalta for a couple of years, and have read that cymbalta is linked to GI problems and some other problems, such as continuous bleeding. I recently had to have a hysterectomy for that--but my healing is slow, delayed almost a month. Has anyone else had problems like this related to cymbalta? I am not diabetic, but I was taking 120 mg for depression/anxiety. Does anyone else have problems with medication absorption? How do you manage this? And has anyone found a way to get rid of the fluid retention and ankle swelling? I am just glad to be out of chronic pain--crippling for the past two years--and to have a useful GI who can treat a non-surgical chronic condition. I am supposed to return to full-time work soon, and don't know how I will manage with the chronic fatigue, but eating more is not an option. I teach, so eating during the day will be more of a challenge--and getting off my feet is not an option. Has anyone found any nutrional products that increase energy naturally? I don't expect to be "normal" again. I hate even thinking about eating, but there is still so much of my life that I don't want to lose to this stupid thing. Miralax, probiotics, and Activia seem to help with bowel function. Other than that, I am drinking ensure, taking vitamins, and trying to remember to eat. However, I am still always tired. Would be happy for any suggestions. Walking is best exercise at the moment, so I do that whenever I can. That's really all I can manage right now. Would be grateful for any advice to prolong the worsening of this condition.
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