STEPHANIE'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

I have always struggled with my weight, my doctor would constantly ask my parents if I showed any signs of anorexia, people would compliment me on how flat my stomach was or how skinny I was, but little did they know what I was dealing with on the inside. I was always able to eat anything I wanted without gaining any weight.I was hospitalized 8 times in the year leading up to my first year of high

MELISSA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

In early February 2014, I spent a week in the hospital and was eventually diagnosed with gastroparesis. My life changed in ways I could not have imagined – overnight. One day, I was able to eat at buffets, if I so desired, and the next day, I was unable to tolerate all foods and liquids. I was hospitalized with severe pain and vomiting, put through a battery of tests (including one particularly

DEB'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Upper GI Disorders, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, Gastroparesis, Lower GI Disorders, Other FGIMD

Gastroparesis the beginning.
I believe my journey began in 1989 with the first migraine, but I didn't realize it. The first migraine I had was a reaction to Indocin.
I thought, at the time! And it may very well have been!
What you also need to know? Is that I was an avid exerciser, biker, jogger, and really worked at being healthy. Always had sinus and constipation issues but

BRITTANY'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I have been suffering from what the doctors diagnosed as IBS for as long as I can remember. I can go for an extended period of time with just simple minor discomforts and live a "normal" life. But when I have what I call a flare, it's like my life stops. I go through periods where it hurts to even think about eating and the nausea feels like it eats me alive. During this time I have been known to

REBECCA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

My story begins and ends with a plea to lawmakers. Our Declaration of Independence lists our "inalienable rights" of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". I ask you to give me and my fellow sufferers with gastroparesis those rights. There are numerous medications and treatments for gastroparesis in other countries that have not been allowed in the USA. These are approved by the World Healt

JULENE'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

I was officially diagnosed with Gastroparesis in March of 2014. However, my doctors feel that I have been suffering with it for much longer. In 2007 following a surgical biopsy I was diagnosed with Reflux. I had started experiencing classic reflux symptoms with heart burn and a lump sensation in my throat. The piece that didn't fit was constant and random regurgitation of undigested food. I starte

BRENDA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

I thought my life couldn't possibly get any worse. Yes, I have an amazing husband and three awesome kids ranging from age 13-22.
Sometime around February of 2014 I was called to come into my doctors office immediately. He walked in the room and had two boxes in his one hand. I shook my head, "No No No" as he said "Yes Yes Yes". My blood sugar was way of the grid. I was close to kidney failu

MEG'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Fecal Incontinence

In 2010 I gave birth to my first son and suffered a 4th degree tear- as a result of a vacuum delivery and episiotomy. Soon after I started having issues with continence but didn't really connect the dots. After a year or so of realizing that something wasn't right, I had a GI doc do a rectal exam and discovered that most of my sphincter muscle was missing. I was referred to a colo-rectal surgeon a

BETTY'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Hello; I am a 69 year old woman who when I was just 18 years old I had a Duodenal Ulcer. The doctors did not know then that a Duodenal Ulcer could be caused by bacteria. My ulcer was. It was caused by H-Pylori. Never knew until 15 years ago. They found it anti-bodies in my blood and for some reason they put me on a two week horrible treatment. Months later they tested my blood once again and saw a

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I have had IBS symptoms since a child, or young teenager. I first noticed symptoms (immediate diarrhea) on the first day of a new school, or moving from elementary to middle and from middle to highschool, taking my driving test etc. These were high stress situations for me. During my high school years, anytime I would sneak out or lie to my parents diarrhea would come on immediately. I thought it

KAYLA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Before I tell my whole backstory, I want you to know, I have found a way to manage my GERD and it can definitely work for other people, too. Two years ago, I found this treatment, and my GERD symptoms went away completely (I could drink coffee, alcohol, eat spicy food again). I'm back to having bad acid reflux symptoms-- but that's only because I was supposed to take the stuff on an "as needed" ba

SHEILA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I've had IBS with diarrhea for years..no constipation. My stomach pain occurs after a bowel movement and can last for hours.Some times the pain is unbearable. I take Dicyclamine for spasms and practically live on anti-diarrheals. Mine was made worse by colorectal surgery that failed. My life is governed by my colon. I have to carry extra clothes in the car and wipes & underwear in my purse. My con

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

HI, I have been wondering for some time why I had a chronic cough for 16 years! I have been to numerous doctors for it. They have given me Advair thinking it was some king of Asthma. Also allergy medicines for allergy because I also had post nasal drip with it. I too thought the post nasal drip caused my cough and curious enough I used the Advair for years thinking it was helping somewhat. I saw a

LINDSAY'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

DHA advocate Lindsay has made great strides to raise awareness and funds for gastroparesis. The first annual Go With Your Gut 5K was held in Hilliard, Ohio, on August 23rd of 2014. Lindsay crushed her $3,000 fundraising goal, bringing in more than $9,000 to benefit research into idiopathic gastroparesis through the DHA and IFFGD. Her dedication to improving the lives of all people with gastropares

TRISHA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

My Gastroparesis Story
My name is Trisha and I am sharing my personal story to give you an inside look at what it's like living with this awful and misunderstood disease. I have had GI-related issues and numerous sporadic episodes of being unable to eat due to pain and nausea/vomiting for many years, but none of the episodes has been anywhere close to being as severe or long-lasting as the

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Lower GI Disorders

Hello - I had an umbilical hernia repaired at age 5. I remember having constipation issues my entire life, and remember screaming whenever I had a bowel movement. My mother's sister had a twisted intestine at age 22 and died during surgery while having it repaired. I am now 45 and still have major issues which include chronic constipation, bloating, gas, pain, fatigue, depression, and sometimes bl

REBECCA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroparesis

Hi my name is Rebecca and I was diagnosed with Mild Gastroparesis in 2006. I have always suffered with constipation from childhood and was very familiar with laxatives growing up. I also had a lot of tummy aches. However when I became a young adult; I found a way to keep my constipation under control for first time in my life; and, that was simply by drinking a 6 oz. glass of Prune Juice followed

LAKYSHA'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

April of 2009 changed my life forever. I'd just finished exercising and was hungry. I ate something with cheese on it, the next thing I knew, I was having the WORST stomach pangs. I'd had stomach problems all my life, but nothing like this. The next thing I knew I had diarrhea and projectile vomiting at the same time. My 9 yr old daughter called 911 because her mommy was screaming in so much pain.

ANONYMOUS'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

I used to be 100% healthy before i was 20. Then i started using lots of heavy drugs for a few years and abusing them got me a little confused but i managed to keep some balance..tho one day someone lied to me and i ended up taking 5 times more amphetamines (derivative) than i wanted to and the next day i woke up with acid relux symptoms (my guess is the nervous stress caused by this insane dose of

AMBER'S PERSONAL STORY

February 11, 2016 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Through her blog, Eats and Exercise by Amber, and by becoming the face of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Outcome Study (IBSOS), Awareness Ambassador Amber has worked to raise awareness of IBS and encourage hope and perseverance in all those suffering with the disorder. Check out her blog. And, watch her interview with local news channel WIVB4.
IBS - three letters that used to control my life.