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Sharon76... Thanks for the suggestion. I looked up both gastritis and gastroparesis (as I couldn't remember which was which lol).

Gastritis is quite possible, as is anything at this point. There is an Autoimmune Gastritis, the body mistakenly targets the stomach as a foreign protein or infection. This can be caused by diseases such as hypothyroidism, rheaumatoid arthritis, diabetes just as an example. It makes antibodies against it and either severly damages it or may even destroy it. The stomach lining may also be attacked leading to a loss of stomach cells, therefore causing inflammation which then can result in an anemia. This anemia occurs because the body can no longer absorb vitamin B12 (hence my deficiency) due to lack of key stomach factors destroyed by the inflammation. Symptoms vary of course, but include pain or gnawing in upper abdomen (upper AND lower for me), nausea (yes), vomiting (yes), a possible loss of appetite with a feeling of fullness after just a few bites (yes), and possibly an ulcer (if severe pain - and not fitting to me).

I don't know if this would cause food to remain in the stomach, as I had, but anything is possible at this point. The symptoms kind of fit, not exactly, but then not everyone is the same. The B12 thing sent a flag up for me. I don't have any of the listed diseases, although I was thinking for awhile I have hypothyroidism. I will ask my doctor to check my thyroid levels again.

As for gastroparesis, it doesn't seem fitting, but I wouldn't rule it out either. It is caused by either diabetes (most common cause), adrenal/thyroid gland problems (an infrequent cause), scars/fibrous tissues from ulcers, certain medications (none of the listed drugs I have ever taken), neurologic or brain disorders such as Parkinson's disease, strokes and brain injury, and lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. None of these I have or have had. The symptoms include a feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food (yes), bloating (yes), excessive belching (no), and nausea (yes). At times a vague, nagging ache in the upper abdomen but usually the pain is not sharp or crampy (ok definitely not me here!! not sharp, yeah right!!!) as might occur with ulcers or a gallbladder attack. There may be vomiting (yes), heartburn (not really), or regurgitation of stomach fluid into the mouth(occassional). Medications that reduce or eliminate stomach acid usually don't help much.

Although for the latter there is no mention of it causing any deficiencies. And I am experiencing much more symptoms than this even got into, but then again, I realize everyone is different, and symptoms vary.

I read also, while researching these two conditions, that the stomach should empty half its contents within 90 minutes!! Imagine, and I still had food in mine after 14 hours.

I'm reading too much now. lol. I think I will try to limit what I read until after my appointment on Tuesday. This can get very time consuming. Although, I do know first hand that sometimes you just have to take your health into your own hands, as alot of doctors just cannot be bothered. Argh. How do you turn your brain off???? I hate it though when people try to tell you "it's all in your head!", yeah right, if it were all in my head, I would be laughing right now cause I would be the healthiest person in the world! ha ha!

Good Luck with your consultant appt Sharon, let us know how it goes.

Angela :angel:

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