Acupuncture for Gastroparesis

I want to share a little more about my health – what’s going on right now and some things I am doing to feel better until we get the SIBO test results. Before we get into it, you need to understand that I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m looking for answers. Real answers. Treatment and possibly a cure. If you are going through a similar thing, I want you to know there are other treatments to explore. Just because Western medicine can’t fully explain why I have felt like death and sadness for months, doesn’t mean that’s the end of the road. I just won’t accept it. I will remain unapologetically relentless in my quest to find answers. So onward and upward we go!

If you’re new or catching up, you may read about my GI issues here and here.

Here’s the short version: Since around Thanksgiving I have felt nausea, bloated, pain and this overwhelming feeling of unwell. My body feels toxic. Almost stomach flu-like at times. It usually comes on suddenly after a meal, but not always. It’s a fine line to walk. On one hand I feel sick to my stomach after eating, but if I wait too long to eat, I feel sick too. I am convinced the main culprit for this is gastroparesis. I also have pain in the upper abdomen especially in the sternum. Crossing my arms over that area was too painful.

After a particularly rough few weeks, I decided to try an acupuncture treatment on Tuesday afternoon. This was my second time trying it ever.

At the risk of sounding like a cheesy infomercial, it was a complete success! I started feeling better immediately after. The tender spot by the sternum was significantly better and I was no longer nauseous. In fact I walked out the clinic dreaming about what to make for dinner. That is huge since I have lost about 10 pounds that I really couldn’t afford to lose.

I told Mike if someone told me they had needles put in their arms & legs to work on their abdomen, I would not have believed them. I have no idea how it works, it seriously worked!

1/2 grapefruit, 1 green apple, 2 celery stalks, spinach, fresh parsley & 2 small carrots. 

Along with acupuncture, here are some other things I’m doing to help speed up digestion:

  • Fresh juice and smoothies to get some much needed vitamins & minerals. They are a lot easier to digest right now and I’m a nerd that pictures all of the wonderful nutrients flowing through my body as I drink them. Ha!
  • Vitamin B-12 daily.
  • Roasting a whole organic chicken and using the bones & fresh veggies to make bone broth. <-Very healing.

  • Essential oils. I love peppermint, but I just got lemon, lime & vanilla in the mail. Our poor mailman is probably annoyed with all of these Amazon Prime boxes. Ha!
  • Digestive enzymes with every meal and snack.
  • Making plans with friends, going for a drive, walking Bam, wander around Target or the aquarium. Getting out of the house is so hard when you feel like crap, but when I do, it’s so helpful.
  • Small, more frequent meals. Focusing on high nutrient ones in the morning-afternoon. After about 2:00 I notice my digestion really starts to slow down, so I’ll have something lite for dinner like a smoothie or salad.
  • Light exercise. Walking mostly or cleaning the house helps aid digestion.
  • Bentyl. This is a bit controversial because it calms down the intestines by slowing down digestion, but at this point the benefits are worth it.

I’m working with a Functional doctor on trying some new, natural supplements to aid digestion & coat the stomach from bile reflux <- (side effect from gallbladder surgery) this week. I’m kinda excited about it!

Have you tried acupuncture?

If not, would you consider it?

Anyone else into essential oils? What are your favs?

3 Comments on “Acupuncture for Gastroparesis

  1. I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis 4 years ago and I can tell you it has gotten better for me after the initial episode that last months (4-5) until I got a diagnosis. I need to insert that I did have my gall bladder removed (not b/c of gastroparesis), appendix removed also. So…here’s I combat this without any drugs:
    1) I take probiotics daily
    2) I take Prevacid daily
    3) I have to contend with IBS daily – can be managed most days with gas-ex type product but some days really bad – can’t predict
    4) I must exercise daily! I swim, bike and ride horses (used to run distances but joints disallow now – age)
    5) don’t eat raw veggies or heavy meals and stop eating before I’m full to avoid episodes – i.e. small meals are better.
    6) bad days or episodes I turn to simple carbs – potatoes, crackers, etc. and stay away from sugar (sweets, candy, etc).

    I hope this helps and know you’re not alone. Initially I lost close to 30 pounds before diagnosed but now maintaining health weight and can ‘splurge’ with careful planning. It never goes away and some days better than others but know you’re not alone.

  2. I hope you find answers soon. I woke up feeling sick every single day for almost a year until I found my chiropractor / kenesiologist. My husband started taking ox bile after having his gallbladder removed and it’s made a huge difference. Our chiro told him about it.

  3. I love lavender oil to help with sleep at night and sometimes I mix it with bergamot. I put them in a diffuser and I love it! Hope you feel better soon.

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