Gastro Patient
Joined November 2015
Weight History

Start Weight
177.0 lb
Lost so far: 27.6 lb

Current Weight
149.4 lb
Performance: gaining 0.5 lb a week

Goal Weight
150.0 lb
Still to go: 0.6 lb
I'm an odd bird. I have been diagnosed with gastroparesis, which is an overly slow digestion. My case has accompanying stomach pain and pressure that can cause acid leakage to esophagus. This is probably the result of gastro surgery eight months ago to reposition the stomach, which had become a hiatal hernia and migrated into the chest. This procedure probably damaged the vagus nerve which controls digestive motility. (Apparently I'm lucky compared to other gastroparesis sufferers who have problems so severe that they are anorexic, due to vomiting and nausea and pain.)

Gastroparesis is aggravated by fats and fiber. I realize that I must be aware and keep track of my foods. I am to eat no more than 40-50 g. fat daily. I've had the diagnosis for a week and by limiting my intake of fresh veg (sigh), many foods, and most fats, I have slept better and had less discomfort than I've had for months.

Throughout years of gastro adventures I've maintained the same overweight 175-180 poundage, which apparently is unusual, especially after that surgery. I am 5'5" because I've lost 2 inches of height to osteoporosis. I know that I'd be better off with less weight but I also do not want to lose too much. My goal is to be 150 pounds for the rest of my life; I am 68 yrs old. My mother at age 92 is in a wheel chair and needs aides to help her with all her life activities--I don't want to ever be in that position so I have to get serious about weight.

Update three years later: I am now below my target weight but it's probably due to stress and diarrhea more than any attention to dietary issues. My caregiver days are over, for now. Mom died last winter and my fellow caregiver, my dear sister, died shortly after that. She had neglected her own health and died of influenza, compounded by diabetes.

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posted 24 Jul 2018, 04:44
The Aftermath of Eating disorders
Michaela...Unlike many people who are pushing 70, I have no probs with cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity. Good genetics, I think. My family is infested with old women 85 and over. My goal is to lose 5-10 pounds in the next year and then quit counting calories. Osteoporosis is also a problem, but bone scan sez that the decline has planed out with reliable calcium ingestion and I'm no longer in deep trouble.

Main issue is the aftermath of a weird and unique physical situation in stomach that caused a cascade of problems but I've decided there will be no more surprises and that I can conquer all this. Protein intake is no problem for me, but fat slows my broken digestion apparatus to a crawl, as does fiber. Go figure. I can't consider your diet--Fat!

Gut doctors think differently from your blood doctors...they have nutritionists on staff, if they're a big practice. Big impediment is getting appointments...three to five months ahead. I've had 3 appt's with nutritionist and will book another in a while, once I've given the last pile of advice some try-out, at 1-6 weeks per experiment.

Latest thing I've learned (on internet, reading med. websites) is that fructose daily intake is cumulative (breakfast + other meals and snacks) whereas fats and fiber totals are meal-specific, so although I have a daily intake target, it has to be broken up by the number of meals and snacks, so I don't take in too much fiber or fat at any one time. This precludes an order of onion rings or a piece of pecan pie.

And wheat flour breads are out, out, out. It's brutal.

Enjoy your day!
posted 24 Feb 2016, 12:04
The Aftermath of Eating disorders
I've never had an eating disorder, but I'm now sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office with many people who have. I've got an oddball stomach disorder that also occurs sometimes for people who were anorexic...gastroparesis, or extra-slow stomach emptying. If you're on a low-fat, low-fiber diet for this, let me know. The diet is a tough one, esp. in the beginning, and support is appreciated, I know.

Glad that you've reached out and glad that you are approaching your new world sensibly.

Using this website, you can track your intake of a lot of things and you can see the relationship between intake and activity. Not always pleasant, but it's the reality check that we need to be sensible. After a couple weeks using the food lists, I came to see where I was making good choices and where I was falling down.
posted 24 Feb 2016, 07:44
Looks like you just got started. Everyone has to do this and getting used to the keyboard and layout commands takes a while. I'm impressed that you've given this a try.

Once you figure out how to access the built-in data about foods, you will find this convenient and helpful to keep track of what you eat. It's an eye-opener to see what some foods carry with them in hidden crap.

You go, girl! You will be delighted to see changes, even if they are not large ones. Being aware of what you eat is a good thing.
posted 24 Feb 2016, 07:02
There's an error there. Check your decimal point. A large, 50-gram hard-boiled egg contains 62 milligrams of sodium; a couple eggs would have double the milligrams. You are eating properly if you eat eggs.

Did you input the data yourself or did the computer give the components of the eggs? If the computer did, well then somebody else inputted some errors.
posted 24 Feb 2016, 06:55
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