POOR MOTILITY has nothing to do with aging/ reflux and children

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Lonibel
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   Posted 2/16/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My gastro has always told me that the fact my food was just sitting in my stomach had to do with aging and hormones, and I believed him.   Now I have an 8 year old foster daughter who came to me with reflux and it has been bad the past couple of months.  Last night she threw up again, and it was undigested food. Again.  I started her on 20 mg of Prilosec today at the doctor's suggestion, but with me the H2 blockers slowed my motility down even more, so I don't have much confidence it will help her...   Any ideas? 
 
 

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 2/16/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Are they sure it is reflux and not something else like gastroparesis?

Lonibel
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   Posted 2/16/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply.  Isn't gastroparesis limited in duration?  She has had to sleep propped up on pillows since her first night with me, and complains about "the gooey stuff".

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 2/17/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
No...you can have it for a long time...years.  What's "gooey stuff?"

Lonibel
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   Posted 2/17/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
It's reflux. She says it tastes "nasty". about gastroparesis - that is just another word for slow motility/ slow digestion, isn't it? I think H2 blockers are also prescribed for gastroparesis, because the effect of that food sitting in your stomach is acid working its way up in your esophagus.

ale17
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, that's too bad that your daughter is going through all this too.
In my opinion it doesn't make sense to give acid blockers to somebody with slow digestion. How is that food gonna go anywhere if there's no acid to digest it?
I have similar problems along with a weak LES valve, and take fennel seeds whenever I feel that things are just sitting there and they help. You just take about a pinch and chew them, they taste a little weird but its worth it for me, along with digestive enzymes.
Plus the thought of limiting the nutrient absorption when you don't have acid to aid it is a scary thought especially with an 8 yr. old.
Maybe you should go with another dr. and get a second opinion.
Hope you both feel better.

Lonibel
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   Posted 2/21/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you so much for your helpful suggestion with the fennel seeds.  Yes, nutrient absorption is a big concern - has anyone seen any studies done on the absorption of certain medicines and/or vitamins when taken with an acid reducer?

We'll try the fennel seeds.

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