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My issues started in 2009 and it all started with persistant diarrhea, indigestion, heart palpitations and nausea. I was working a full time job and struggled to make it through each day with the diarrhea. They prescribed every drug for reflux but they only made the diarrhea worse. Eventually the diarrhea slowed down after taking Protonix  and severe constipation kicked in which prompted multiple ER visits due to radiating chest, arm and leg pain. By 2013 I began to drastically loose weight and starting having malabsorption issues. My vitamin D and iron levels became extremely low. I always had constant body rashes and itching that would wake me in the middle of the night and I just couldn’t figure it out. By 2016 I lost a total of 140 pounds and began experiencing tachycardia from the drastic weight loss. I was diagnosed with wheat intolerance but every celiac panel was negative and was placed on a gluten free diet. I resigned from my job of 10 years and felt as though I had completely lost my mind. Doctors diagnosed me with gastroparesis on 2017 and then more things made sense to me. My doctor said there’s no point in continuing drugs if they don’t help. Now in 2019 I feel like I’m finally beginning to gain control of my life again i’ve gained 15 pounds back and I feel happier. I’ve had to learn what I can and can’t eat mainly on my own. The symptoms are all still present so I try not to let them get me down but it can be depressing.  I’ve learned that it takes great mind control because once it takes over your body it’s easy to loose yourself. The biggest thing for me is feeling as if i’m fighting this alone but God is always there to hear my cry. Gastro diseases are real issues but are often ignored or down played by doctors and society. I person may never understand it until they’ve lived it.

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