My husband, who is 54 years old, has been diagnosed with gastroparesis. He is currently experiencing an "attack" where he has extreme intense pain in his upper right abdominal area that radiates around to his back. He has lost a significant amount of weight, has occasional nausea and pulsating in his stomach. During his last attack eight weeks ago, I took him to the emergency room where they gave him morphine. He's now on Vicadin for the pain and Regalin. Can anyone suggest other ways to help ease his discomfort? Or, is the gastroparesis diagnosis incorrect? His doctor has said that what he's experiencing is "normal" for gastroparesis patients.
Prior to being on Regalin he took Prevacid, which seemed to help much more, but his doctor said it's been taken off the market and can only be given to patients on a "compassionate" basis. Is this true? How difficult is it for the doctor to get permission to prescribe Prevacin?
I don't know what to do for him and I'm beginning to feel very helpless. Any insight (or encouragement) would sure help both of us.