It’s now been seven years since I received the diagnosis of gastroparesis (GP). Here’s my gatroparesis post on TuD from seven years ago. The diagnosing doc told me that my GP was moderate but not insignificant. My symptoms included diarrhea, heartburn, and GERD.
This was the event that led to me adopting my low carb way of eating. I took hope from Dr. Bernstein’s assertion that GP can be put into remission with sustained normal blood sugars. Dr. B was able to reverse his GP symptoms but he did say it took years to heal.
Last fall I initiated several health changes including reducing my daily carbs to < 30 grams/day. I also started meditating and doing guided breathing exercises daily. My naturopath advised me to include a good size serving of vegetables with every meal.
I hesitated to write this report since I don’t want to jinx what appears to be success. I have not had an episode of diarrhea in 2-3 weeks. My #2’s look more like they did before my GP diagnosis. I hold great hope that this trend will continue.
One of the things I discovered when my GP dominated my digestion was that eating a meal like steak often caused digestion problems. I think the stomach was unable to perform well its mechanical pulsing and squeezing and that led to the food spending too much time in the stomach. The incredible sounds my stomach made were unnerving! I gave up eating steaks but did Ok with ground beef.
Last night I had a six ounce steak with sauteed onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. It was not only delicious but my stomach and digestion proceeded without any distress, at all. My overnight BGs were excellent and I slept well.
It looks like my GP has gone into remission. I am so grateful that my focussed efforts have paid off.
I wanted to share this especially with those here who also struggle with GP. I think Dr. Bernstein is right. GP can be put into remission but it can take a long time. It’s been 7 years for me. I think the addition of veggies to every meal played a significant role in tipping me toward a healthier digestive tract. More normal BGs, however, took a long time to exert its positive influence.
We’re all different and I respect each person’s experience. I just wanted to share my story since it might help others to sustain their reach for better health. It’s never too late to restore efforts to control blood glucose better.