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    Slow digestion Help please
    sppb1964 posted:
    I was tested and they found out that my digestion takes at least 10 hours to empty unlike most people. I also notice as long as I don't eat or drink anything I don't seem to have any problems with bloating in my upper abdominal the bloating causes pressure to go to the left side of my chest and shoulder, I have acid reflux, and also IBS, is there nothing that can be done or no hope for me.
    calgal37 responded:
    Sppb, do you mean that it takes 10 hours for food to empty from your stomach? If so, do you have a formal diagnosis of gastroparesis?
    sppb1964 replied to calgal37's response:
    no one has given it a name or diagnosis
    SamK1 responded:
    I have a theory........the doctors don't have any idea what they are doing, or they do know exactly what they are doing and make money by putting you through diagnostic tests to make their house payment. I went through about 15 years seeking an answer to the question you have. I was put through years of testing and prescriptions.........nothing helped. My teeth went bad from the acid reflux. My gastroenterologist told me that I had the stomach lining of a 90 year old woman (I was 40 at the time) and he said I would likely die of stomach cancer. The food would sit in my stomach and rot, deteriorating the lining of my stomach. The reason your stomach and digestion is slow is due to the largest nerve in your body not functioning properly. It is the Vagus Nerve. It moves the food through your digestive tract. The reason the nerve doesn't work is that you likely are diabetic. High sugar will cause the nerve to stop working. None of the doctors I went to suspected I was diabetic because I was not obese, in fact I was very thin. I had type 1 diabetes for years. It caused horrible digestive problems, expensive dental issues, I was exhausted......wanted to sleep all the time. I had a white coating on my tongue. My dentist sold me a very expensive mouth wash......when he should have recognized it as Thrush which is grows rampant in diabetics when their sugar is not controlled. I had multiple vaginal yeast infections and the doctor who finally diagnosed it was my OBGYN. A simple blood test- called an A1C can show if you are diabetic. Once you get your blood sugar levels under control, then you will not have digestive issues. The nerve will begin working and you will find that you are quite angry at the medical community for either ignorance or greed- not sure which it was in the case of my many doctors. Many of the doctors would hand me prescriptions for anti-depressants.........making me more frustrated, but I would tell them I was exhausted and that was their answer. Good luck. I hope this helps.
    johnsrhon responded:
    I have no movement in my stomache and It is due to overuse of antibiotics. I havent cured it yet I am not sure there is a cure., I have tiny hard poops if I poop at all in two weeks at a time I once had a decent figure butb in two years its gone. And no cure that I know of. I did find one cure its kinda gross its fecal transplant. It puts good bacteria in ones stomache. good luck let me know if find us a cure.
    kawest35 responded:
    I have had digestive problems for about 3 years. First they took out my Gallbladder. I still had abdominal pain and then they took more test and found that I have a condition called gastroparesis. Slow digestion and the meds won't work. I also have Acid Reflux for 10 years now. Now the doctor diagnoses is Chron's Disease. I have been treated for about 8 months and still nothing is helping. I am sick of Medications the doctor claims to work and don't just make my condition worse. I am currently looking for a new Specialist.
    When I eat food I have pain and swelling in the Stomach and when it decides to digest I have pain in the intestinal tract all the way thru to my colon. Is their any cure for me?
    Annie_WebMD_Staff replied to kawest35's response:
    Hi kawest,

    I'm sorry that you aren't feeling well and that your current treatments aren't working well for you. As you will find with many community members here getting the right doctor and combinations of therapies is an ongoing process. I would like to invite you to our Crohn's and Colitis community board .

    Take care!

    - Annie
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    iatrogennie replied to johnsrhon's response:
    Where did you get a fecal transplant?
    This seems to me to be the only current correction for too many antibiotics. I'm in Philly, btw.
    dollyreader replied to calgal37's response:
    check out Linzess a new med for diverticulitis. It really works; not a cure but my nasty symptoms are most abated.

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