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CathyA
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   Posted 8/3/2007 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
   Yes, I'm still having problems with nausea.  All my tests so far were normal, including inner ear testing.  I finally got into see a new GI doc today, and he wants me to have a gastric empyting study.  He said you just eat some eggs and they take a few pics and that's all there is.  But I've been reading up on it and it sounds like I have to lay there for about and hour and a half.  Is that true?    I had a HIDA scan, and almost had to stop because my hips starting hurting so bad.  Is it going to be the same thing??  Do you have to lay flat the whole time?  Will I feel claustraphobic??   Thanks for your help.

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   Posted 8/3/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like a CT barium meal he wants you to do to see how quickly your stomach empties into your intestines. Slow moving digestion does cause nausea so that makes sense. The good news is if that is it, there are very effective meds including Reglan that should be able to help you. As far as claustraphobia... a CT scan is a narrow passage however its a very short length from one side to the other versus an MRI machine that to me feels like its never ending. In a CT scan, you would be able to move both arms and legs around if you needed to (although you need to be still during the actual testing) but that is just an idea to how open it is. I hope this will give you some much overdo answers. Let us know how it goes.

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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/3/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's kind of like the hidascan, in terms of having a big camera head positioned over you. My stepfather used to do these tests (did the barium on my mom, I remember), and I know he never had any sort of MRI-like tube thing in his office. Of course, it could all depend on the machine; they may have new ones that look different now, or bigger hospitals might have something fancier.

If you have a problem with your hip hurting, make sure you tell the tech beforehand and let him or her get you propped and padded up with pillows and blankets and the like.

CathyA
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   Posted 8/3/2007 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Des and Kariamon,
From what I have searched on the internet, it will be pretty much like the HIDA scan.......a nuclear medicine test. But this one sounds like its longer. In the HIDA scan I had pillows under my knees, but dang my hips hurt so bad I wasn't sure I could finish it, and that was after only about 50 minutes. Oh well.......I can only do what I can do.
Des.....I've heard good and bad about Reglan. Did you say you were on it? What do you think of it?

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   Posted 8/3/2007 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I'm not on it but my mother is. She basically says that she can't live without the stuff so it's working for her. She has been on it for many years.
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dbab
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   Posted 8/3/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I think your right too Keri. It sounds like the nuclear radioactive eggs test (GET) is a little more senstive than the barium. I don't think you need to worry about the CT scan then, this is a little easier to deal with.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/3/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I've used the reglan, but not on a constant basis--just as needed. My mom had a prescription for it too for her stomach problems. She had a slow-dumping stomach, but I think it wasn't slow all of the time. I've only used it a few times when food would set on my stomach and refuse to go anywhere. One of the things that would sometimes happen in connection with the bad gall bladder for some reason (has happened a couple of times since then too). My mother's only complaint about it was that it made her sleepy. I tended to have my stomach problems at night anyways, so I couldn't tell. I'd wake up ravenously hungry, though. I don't know why, but she doesn't take it anymore--not reguarly, anyways. Don't know if her stomach straightened up, or if her acid reducers cut the nausea that she was having enough that there's no need for her to empty her stomach faster.

booboobum
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   Posted 8/3/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Does anyone have any negative side effects when taking Reglan besides sleepiness? I'm going to start tomorrow and honestly, am wary because of all the side effects I've read about.

tHANKS


migraines since 1974 ; septic hip - 1999 with birth of daughter ; hip replacement 9/03 / MS limbo since 3/2004; dx acid reflux - 11/2006; dx compressed discs>dx RLS - 9/2006; dx IBS 5/05.
Klonopin, hydrocodone, butalbital, prevacid and anything else that helps.


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   Posted 8/3/2007 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   

booboobum
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   Posted 8/3/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Wow - there are some horrifying stories on that website.

 


migraines since 1974 ; septic hip - 1999 with birth of daughter ; hip replacement 9/03 / MS limbo since 3/2004; dx acid reflux - 11/2006; dx compressed discs>dx RLS - 9/2006; dx IBS 5/05.
Klonopin, hydrocodone, butalbital, prevacid and anything else that helps.


booboobum
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   Posted 8/3/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have some Pamine Forte which I've never taken and maybe will consider taking that instead of the Reglan.
migraines since 1974 ; septic hip - 1999 with birth of daughter ; hip replacement 9/03 / MS limbo since 3/2004; dx acid reflux - 11/2006; dx compressed discs>dx RLS - 9/2006; dx IBS 5/05.
Klonopin, hydrocodone, butalbital, prevacid and anything else that helps.


CathyA
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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was talking with the GI doc today, he said that Reglan has its pluses and its minuses. I thought that was curious that he would say that. Docs don't usually say that kind of stuff, unless people have had some definite problems with it. I've had fatigue for 12 years now, ever since I developed fibromyalgia, and I refuse to take anything that makes me more fatigued! I also read that it can cause depression. Great.

I took Aciphex (a PPI) for 5 years for my reflux, and it did wonders for my nausea/bloating/diarrhea. During that time, I had horrible headaches.......almost every day. I had a big workup for the headaches and was put on Maxalt. I also became sort of dependent on Fioricet. It was a horrible time in my life. I got off Aciphex about 5 years ago. When trying to figure out what would help my nausea recently, I tried PPIs.......and immediately got bad headaches. What I'm realizing now is that those 5 years of almost daily headaches were probably caused by the danged PPI. I had no idea.
My GI doc said today that if one PPI causes headaches, then they all will. That's really unfortunate, since it did so much for my GI tract.

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   Posted 8/3/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Motilium which is very safe and available over the counter in most countries. It does the same thing Reglan does but they give it to pregnant women to increase milk supply in larger doses. I buy it over the net and it is super cheap. If Reglan helps, this will help. My Doctor is familiar with it and says it is very safe but there is no money in it to bring to our FDA. It has been around for years. You might want to google it and read about it. Cathy, I don't believe your Dr about the PPI's all being the same. There are some that some people can't take. Aciphex is one of the harder ones to take. Did you try just plain Pepcid or Cimitidene instead of a PPI? Did you try Prilosec. I find a big difference in them in side effects. There are 4 to try and you have done the Acidphex, not sure what other one you tried.

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   Posted 8/3/2007 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Canyon. I take Protonix... did not handle Nexium well, it caused me nausea and vomiting. No problems whatsoever with Protonix.
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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/3/2007 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
And Protonix gave me terrible stomach pains but Prevacid and Nexium are fine for me usually. sometimes I go thru periods where Nexium gives me some nausea but then it seems to go away after a while. I have had every Dr. I have been to say they are all the same when WE know they are not.

booboobum
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   Posted 8/4/2007 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info. I've been taking Prevacid 1x daily and just increased to 2x.  That could be the reason for nausea but it's really not that bad - it's tolerable.  I am going to go back to Levbid which I have plenty of and not take the Reglan at all. I don't want to get freaked out by any negative side effects.   

migraines since 1974 ; septic hip - 1999 with birth of daughter ; hip replacement 9/03 / MS limbo since 3/2004; dx acid reflux - 11/2006; dx compressed discs>dx RLS - 9/2006; dx IBS 5/05.
Klonopin, hydrocodone, butalbital, prevacid and anything else that helps.


CathyA
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   Posted 8/4/2007 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!
I did try Protinex and Nexium, and got a headache. That was only 1 pill each, but I hadn't had headaches in awhile, so just the 1 headache afterwards made me quit. He did suggest Zantac. Pepcid just doesn't do much for me. Do those PPIs and H2 Blockers help with gastroparesis?
The only reason I'm thinking I might still have reflux and don't know it, (no heartburn), is that I get ectopy every time I eat, and I'm thinking my vagus nerve is irritated in my lower esophagus.
Canyonbabe............when I asked the doc if there were some supplement I could take instead of Reglan, he did mention a German made supplement. I wonder if that's the one you're talking about.
Why do I have to have this test? Why can't I just try the supplement, and if I feel better, then I must have gastroparesis? I really don't want to be exposed to more radioactive stuff.
I'm just getting very discouraged. I've been having tests for 3 months now. Each specialist only looks at his own little area and not at the whole body. I'm having tons of irregular heartbeats, and now the muscles in my legs hurt so bad I can't sleep at night. I just know all this is connected, but when the docs only look at their one little specialty........no one is seeing the bigger picture.
My legs have started hurting so bad that I'm not sure I can go through this long test on a hard table. I might have to postpone it. In fact........I'm thinking I could postpone it and try that supplement you're taking Canyonbabe. Did it have any side-effects for you?

CathyA
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   Posted 8/4/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
P.S. Canyonbabe.......I guess it is a drug, not a supplement. Where do you buy your's?

CathyA
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   Posted 8/6/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm bumping this up, hoping Canyonbabe will see it and tell me where you get your Motilium.
Also.....the GI doc told me about "Iberogast". Its a German produced supplement that is supposed to be really good for all kinds of digestive problems. I'm having trouble finding it online in the states. I might have to order it from Germany.
Anyhow Canyonbabe.......did you find Motilium locally?
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