Originally Posted by sbgrace
Andrew was prescribed that for slow gastric emptying but I decided not to do it because of the risks of Tardive Dyskinesia. I know people do use it though and haven't had that effect/are happy with the response.
Does he have any other health issues? Sometimes gastroparesis goes w/other underlying conditions.
(There is some kind of digestive disorder thing that seems to run in his family. DH's father has serious digestive issues as well.)
DH doesn't take any prescription drugs, and hasn't had to before.
If you're talking about diabetes, DH doesn't appear to have diabetes. Every blood test where they've checked his glucose it's normal. However, one time I got him to test it using an old meter I had from when my cat was diabetic (strangely enough). His result was a bit high, but not in the diabetic range. As far as I know, he doesn't have any other health issues. Well, besides the food allergies/sensitivities. He's on a gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian diet. Because of this digestion problem, he's got to be super careful about when he eats, and how much he eats, and not geting too much of either fat or protein, and what foods are combined together. Many days, he's lucky to even get two halfway decent "meals"...one of which being some kind of liquid shake (pea protein or ultimate meal kind of thing) because the liquid digests a bit easier. Let's just say he doesn't have an ounce of weight he can stand to lose.
My DH already tried some acupuncture, and unfortunately it didn't help. He was also doing the SCD diet for a bunch of months, and it didn't really help either, although it gave him some new food options. SCD was a challenge for him as a vegetarian, so he added eggs to his diet from that time until currently I guess. He also found that an almond-flour SCD legal bread works better than the gluten free grain based breads he was eating. The homemade SCD goat yogurt works okay for him as well.
Oh, and he's already using both supplementary HCl and digestive enzymes (been doing that for years now). And he's tried the bitter herbs thing too.
Anyway, as far as I can tell, Reglan seems to be for short-term use only. So, I guess it's supposed to have long-lasting/permanent effects? I don't know whether that's scarier or all the other risks. I didn't really like it when I looked it up. I'm sure he won't either. But I'm not sure what the alternative is, if there is any. I do know they can do a surgical implant of a device that stimulates the vagus nerve, kind of like a pacemaker does for the heart. But they probably don't like to do surgery until they have exhausted the drug options.
So what did you do for Andrew's slow gastric emptying then?
ETA: just saw the results of his gastric emptying test...22% at 1 hour, then NOTHING more at 2 hours. I think they only did a 2 hour test. I don't know what normal is, but it seems they wanted to see maybe 50% empty (at least) by 2 hours...? It seems weird to me that his digestion just stopped after an hour.