Watermelon Stomach (GAVE)
Posted 08 June 2008 - 01:24 PM
Posted 08 June 2008 - 03:09 PM
Anyway, since then I've had two laser ablations (a year apart) to treat the GAVE. The doctor told me I can expect this to be on ongoing problem but it's been more than a year since the second ablation and my blood counts are good.
The ablation is done endoscopically so it's an out-patient procedure. After each one, the doctor prescribed a PPI to aid in the healing process. Both times, I experienced a good deal of stomach pain after the procedure, but it lasted only two or three days.
It's good that your GAVE was discovered before your counts got too low. My counts were low enough that I had to have blood infusions before the GI doctor could treat me. You and your doctor are obviously on top of this.
Posted 09 June 2008 - 01:44 AM
Thanks for the information. It sounds like there is no permanent fix to this problem, just temporary. Outside of the anemia, have you experieced any other issues due to this? Do you take iron supplements to combat the anemia?
Posted 09 June 2008 - 12:29 PM
Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:23 PM
I'm due for some labwork this week. I'll definitely try to keep track of when the rls occurs. I kept a slcero diary early on, but have since stopped. I think it's time to start back.
Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:37 AM
The GI doctor gave me a prescription for iron pills to tide me over until he could perform the first ablation but I don't take them now.