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I’m starting to think I might have Gastroparesis.

Ever since I was a baby, I’ve struggled with stomach issues. I’ve never been able to vomit normally - I literally projectile vomit EVERY time. I’ve been told it looks like I’m a cartoon when I do it. I end up with EXTREME stomach and throat pain. And over the years, I’ve noticed that I can sometimes not have eaten for 6+ hours but I’m still bringing up an excessive amount of what appears to be undigested food.

This past weekend, I managed to catch Norovirus - the “winter” vomiting bug. Between the hours of 3:30am and 8:30am on Sunday morning, I was curled up on the bathroom floor sobbing, unable to stop myself from bringing stuff up. But I hadn’t eaten since 6:30pm that evening. So, it had been around NINE hours WITHOUT consuming anything other than water.

TRIGGER WARNING - this part might be a bit gross…

When I started vomiting, I could SEE what I’d eaten for dinner. Very clearly undigested cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and stuff like that. I managed to fill a 2 LITRE bowl up twice in the space of about 30-60mimutes, then I continued to bring up insane amounts of bile (BRIGHT greenish yellow) for HOURS afterwards. This can’t be normal, surely? I thought the stomach was supposed to be empty after 4-6hours? But to have a FULL stomach after NINE hours? Jesus. I haven’t felt so ill in all my life.

From all the retching and vomiting, I’ve torn the muscles in my sides and my abdomen - it’s really hard to laugh and cough without crying. My fever was originally 39.8°C but is now down to 37.9°. I’m still achy, though. I imagine it’ll be a few more days before I’m back to my version of ‘normal’.

I’ve had SO many investigations for acid reflux, stomach aches and GERD in the past. All we ever found was the GERD, a hiatal hernia and VERY inflamed stomach linings. Surely gastroparesis would’ve been found before now…? How do I go about having this looked into?

Thank you all in advance, guys. And I’m sorry for the graphic description of my puke. 😬

#chronicillnesswarrior #ChronicPain #GERD #IBS #NAFLD #POTS #EDS #Dysautonomia #Norovirus #TMI #SicknessBug #InterstitialCystitis #Diabetes #Migraines

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Endo friends...does it hurt to pee? #Endometriosis #TMI

Awkward question, but if you have endometriosis, does it hurt to go to the bathroom? Not like, down ~there~, but where the lesions are in your abdomen? It's kicking my butt this week.

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I am a mom, a wife, I do nails, and I deal with quite a few chronic health conditions. I have always been very open and honest about what I go through in hopes of helping others in similar situations. I write about the things I know, and those things just happen to mostly be about my chronic health issues. Will it be TMI? You bet your sweet ass. Will it get awkward? Yup. Will it be funny? It freaking better be. If I don't find the humor in it, it would swallow me whole.

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Back at work

First day back at work after leave. I feel weird and out of place. I also got my first post-miscarriage today... had some tears - the blood reminded me of the miscarriage, the finality of the period- not pregnant right now, the timing. Now I’m just trying to get through the day.

#TMI #Depression #Healing #FMLA #Work #Miscarriage #Anxiety

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