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#1 Margaret

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 12:18 PM

Hi Everyone.....

Just have a curious question....again!!! Gareth has been complaining these past few days, after he eats his meal, that 'his stomach is hard.' It's doesn't seem to hurt him but he comments on it. I felt his abdomen/intestines and it appears fine. Any advice.....perhaps his stomach isn't emptying correctly? I will call the gastro doctor tomorrow. What studies do they do to find out if the stomach isn't emptying food.....another swallowing test or barium test? Thanks.

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 01:03 PM

Hi Margaret,

He could be trying to indicate a feeling of being full or bloated that may come from a slow empyting stomach. The test the do is a gastric empyting test. When I had the test, I had to eat a little bit of scrambled egg with some type of radioactive substance in it. Then I had to stand against an X-ray machine while they took some pictures of my GI tract to see where the egg substance was. They called me in and took pictures about every 15-20 minutes until the egg substance had passed through. It was a very easy, non-invasive test.

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#3 Margaret

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 01:41 PM

Hi Heidi ,

That is what I thought it would be like....just like the swallowing test las October. I wish they had followed the food further, then, but it was for a swallowing study only and they found the esophageal dismotility by accident. He did OK with that study so I don't think there will be a problem with the stomach one.

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 02:33 PM

Margaret,
I had what they call a Gastric emptying study. I had to eat an egg white sandwich that had radioactive material in it. I then had to stay still on a table for 90 minutes while it kept taking pictures of my stomach. It was painless, just a tad uncomfortable staying still for 90 minutes.
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Posted 13 May 2007 - 03:21 PM

My stomach problems started the same way. I eventually lost 801bs with severe stomach pain. They finally diagnosed a bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel. This was due to the scleroderma's affect on my bowels. With antibiotics they were able to control the overgrowth and I gained back the weight I needed and have been able to eat again without pain.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 11:18 AM

Hi Margaret,

Sorry - poor little Gareth,

I have the same issues off and on and I was told to get some "digestive enzymes" and to take them after each meal. It's helped a lot! They are chewable and taste fine. You can get them at your health food store.
Warm and gentle hugs,

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