Hi MD Scouter,
I'm sorry you have the Gastroparesis/GI dysmotility with your Lyme - it sux doesn't it?
For clarification, TPN goes into a vein, and tube-feeding formulas go into the stomach or small intestine. Thus, TPN has to be much more pure than tube-feeding formulas.
The formula I was talking about
is not for TPN, it is for tube-feeding. And it is not 100% corn free, it is just free of corn syrup. The maltodextrin in it is derived from corn.
Companies who make these tube-feeding formulas don't usually care about
people with food allergies. They're in it to mass-market the product and make it for a very cheap cost so they can make a lot of money. If you want suitable food that is allergen-free, you have to either pay a ton to have it custom compounded, or make it yourself...at least, this is what I have figured out...
I'm also allergic to eggs, but TPN seems ok for me. TPN has to have free-form amino acids as the protein source, and the amino acids are purified so that they don't contain any peptides or whole proteins from the source.
This is the tube feeding formula I was buying from Canada:alphanutrition.com/alphaenf/index.htm
I never had any trouble importing it.
The home health care company was not willing to help me with this because they were not supplying the formula, so I was buying my own supplies and doing my own feedings (bolus feeding, so I was using syringes instead of a pump & bag setup).
Unfortunately, the formula from Canada started to make me sick to my stomach so I can no longer us it. I have yet to find another suitable replacement.
And now I'm back on TPN from another Gastroparesis/small bowel dysmotility flareup...ugh.
For more info on how Lyme messes up the gut, see http://thehumansideoflyme.net/viewarticle.php?aid=62