Posted 6/5/2010 8:39 PM (GMT -7)
It's something that happens to a lot of gastric bypass patients.
Gastric dumping syndrome, or rapid gastric emptying is a condition where ingested foods bypass the stomach too rapidly and enter the small intestine largely undigested. It happens when the upper end of the small intestine, the duodenum, expands too quickly due to the presence of hyperosmolar (substances with increased osmolarity) food from the stomach. "Early" dumping begins concurrently or immediately succeeding a meal. Symptoms of early dumping include nausea, vomiting, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness and fatigue. "Late" dumping happens 1 to 3 hours after eating. Symptoms of late dumping include weakness, sweating, and dizziness. Many people have both types. The syndrome is most often associated with gastric surgery.
It is speculated that "early" dumping is associated with difficulty digesting fats while "late" dumping is associated with carbohydrates.
Rapid loading of the small intestine with hypertonic stomach contents can lead to rapid entry of water into the intestinal lumen. Osmotic diarrhea, distension of the small bowel (leading to crampy abdominal pain), and hypovolemia can result.
In addition, people with this syndrome often suffer from low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, because the rapid "dumping" of food triggers the pancreas to release excessive amounts of insulin into the bloodstream. This type of hypoglycemia is referred to as "alimentary hypoglycemia".
Exploratory surgery Sept/2009 after having "female issues", the doctor found a diverticula abscess, the "not so confident doctor" kept sending me all over town for ultrasounds and doing nothing. In the meantime, I am still wondering around in severe pain. I ended up finally getting a new gynecologist who is the greatest! She saw good reason for a hysterectomy and once in the OR, found I had severe diverticulitis and called in the greatest surgeon ever! Severe diverticulitis had buried itself underneath my uterus and had completely turned my insides to "concrete", my organs were unidentifiable. The surgeon had to "chisel" his way in just so I could have the hysterectomy. I came out of surgery with a colostomy which was NOT expected. 6 months later, May/2010, they went in to do the the colostomy take down and I still had a leak in my large intestines and now I have an ileostomy hopefully for only 6-8 weeks. This is the "short version" of my story.