The radioactive meal is the gastric emptying test. I had a choice of eggs or oatmeal, so I opted for the oatmeal. Hmmm... which one do I want to take the chance on seeing again? LOL! Anyway, you eat the stuff, and periodic x-rays are taken to see what ends up where and in how much time. In my case, I'm a "fast emptier" from stomach to small intestines, but that's where the worst of my adhesions are. So all that food just goes BAM! right through my stomach and from there, hits several "dams" on the way out because of all the adhesions. Fast emptiers have their own set of unique problems as well. Not just the big D, but crazy swings in blood sugar that cause all kinds of weird symptoms. <sigh> Why can't we all just be "Normal"?
One last note: reglan increases motility not just in the stomach, but the entire intestinal tract as well, which is why it is commonly used for nausea and can cause D in people who do not have chronic C. Most anti-nausea drugs act as a tranquilizer as well and have the usual side effects of drowsiness, whereas reglan does not.
Friendlygal - I certainly understand your reluctance to changing your diet until speaking with a specialist. If you go ahead and increase your fiber, just do it very slowly. So many people just give up on fiber because they do an overnight change in diet and there are just too many consequences. Fiber really can be a miracle for many people with both C and D - just have to go really slow with it and figure out the right dose for your own body.
Keriamon - I know reglan increases motility, and I am assuming that zelnorm does the same thing. Since I can't take zelnorm because of my adhesions, I have no experience with it. Do you know any more about
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