... doctors don't know the cause. Phenergan and zofran don't seem to help much. She also has gastroparesis and they've started her on erythromycin, hoping to improve stomach motility and decrease nausea, but no improvement yet. Help!
Hello hopeful and welcome to DC. Ummmm, excuse my ignorance but maybe I missed something here. Why is your mother being given e-mycin?
I know she is 89 years young but has she had an upper G.I. or endoscopy to see down into her stomach? At one point in my life, I was becoming so sickthat I ccouldn't stomach any food at all. I was only able to stomach liquid and sometimes jello, ice cream and sometimes mashed potatoes. The diagnosis I ended up with after passing flat out in my doctors' office was Addison's and that was no fun. By the way, my stomach issues were not addressed at any time during my 2-week hospital stay. My gastroenterologist ordered the endoscopy after I got out of the hospital. My stomach was 95% inflammed and that is why I couldn't stomach food. I was on a liquid diet at the hospital because I asked for it and because I was also on an MAOInhibitor (psych med) and was afraid to eat food.
What your mother isn't able to stomach could actually be causing a similar condition - inflammed stomach. Another thing that came to mind is what my father-in-law used to do when he didn't feel well. He would take a daily dose of bromo-seltzer which in turn caused esophageal ulcers. His first symptoms were the nausea... then he'd take the bromo... then he started vomiting blood. That landed him in the hospital until the doctors figured out it was the bromo that caused all of this mess.
Because I was on an MAOI, I believe I was given prevacid but I could be wrong... it was the purple pill. Not nexium. It took one year for me to be able to stomach food. I was 51 when that nonsense started. Do you know exactly what your mother was consuming that may have contributed to her current problems??? Just bearing in mind my bromo story... just a thought.
I hope your mother gets help that will truly be of benefit to her and you get to a place of peace in your life. I can feel your pain and frustration.
I had problems with nausea, stomach pain and IBS symptoms but no one could figure out why and have never had an official diagnosis. Nexium has been the only thing that helped me and no side effects. To me it is a miracle drug. It may not work for everyone but is defenitely worth a try.
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