Patient Comments: Gastric Emptying Study - Results


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Comment from: Mat, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 20

My wife has gastroparesis due to years of not controlling her diabetes. We have had 2 emptying studies and both were over 60 percent after 4 hours. She's taking medication that works but the side effects can be permanent. Now they want her to have Botox injections!

Comment from: DkH, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 20

My husband cannot eat, drink or do any tests which requires him to eat or drink, without vomiting. The doctor says he can't confirm gastroparesis without these tests. I would like to know if this has happened to anyone else and if so, what you did.

Comment from: Rosemarie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I just got the results from my gastric emptying study. I still had 70 percent left in my stomach. Not good.

Comment from: Silly, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 03

The results from my gastric emptying study shows 1-hour retention of 62 percent, which is below the normal threshold of 90 percent, 2-hour retention of 24 percent, below the normal threshold of 60 percent, and 3-hour retention of 4 percent, also below the normal threshold of 30 percent. I don’t understand what these numbers mean.

Comment from: Barber, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

Wonder how much should be out of your stomach after a 90 minute gastric emptying study. I just had one and 50 percent was out at 80 minutes. I don’t know if that is good.

Comment from: jay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

In my gastric emptying study, after 90 minutes only 12 percent of the gastric contents emptied.

Comment from: Angie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I finally got the results of my gastric emptying study, my 2 hour was 9 percent and 4 hour 18 percent. I’m still suffering with all the horrible symptoms without any relief it seems, in sight. It all began 4 months and 68 lb. ago. This is awful! Hoping for relief!

Comment from: Kayz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I ate the eggs and 1 bite of toast, couldn't eat anymore. Four hour gastric emptying study showed that 60 percent was left after 4 hours instead of the 10 percent that it's supposed to be. I'm glad to show my specialist he is ignorant and I knew I had gastroparesis. Be an advocate! Doctors are not gods.

Comment from: Cr, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I wonder if 50 percent is good or bad after the gastric emptying study. Nobody said anything to me and I am a little worried tilt I see the doctor.

Comment from: uvamom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a four hour gastric emptying study done. It showed that I still had 80 percent left in my stomach at the end of the four hours. I don’t see anyone with near that amount left. I wasn’t that worried, but I am now pretty concerned.

Comment from: Mellen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had a gastric emptying study done, and all results were normal up to 1 hour, then I started showing signs of gastroparesis. My test ended at 4 hours, with 24 percent remaining. I feel like my condition is worsening since the test was done 2 months ago.

Comment from: Val, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have suffered from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) for 30 years. It started when I had a bang to my head and at the time I was told I had perforated my eardrum. I started getting the dizziness when I lay down or put my head down quickly. I was told it was Meniere’s disease for years. Then about 5 years ago I was told it was BPPV. My doctor tried the Epley maneuver on me but it just made me feel worse. I found on line a maneuver you do before you go to sleep which worked after doing it for about 3 to 4 nights. But now I am in my 60s I find it is harder to do and makes me feel really sick. I am home from work at the moment suffering. I am just wondering how I am going to cope as I get older. I am still not sure what starts it, I have gone 6 months without it before. But the last 2 episodes have been just a few months between.


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Comment from: robin a., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I had TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) done. When I came to, everything seemed alright. Two hours later as the anesthesia wore off and I could feel my lower body, I noticed a soreness in my groin. I thought it was just from the carving out of my prostate, but told the nurses. It kept getting more intense, and the nurses told me they had called the doctor. Three hours out of surgery, I was dying. The nurse used ultrasound and said I had retained 800 ml. I usually have to urinate at 100 ml. I was screaming at the nurses when the doctor arrived. He tried to reinsert the Foley catheter 3 times before taking me back into the operating theatre. It's been a week now and tomorrow I'm going back to have it removed. I used to hope that I could get erect after surgery. Now I hope that I can hold my water. I wonder if there was anything I could have done to prevent BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). I first noticed this problem when I was 45!

Comment from: lizzybee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I had a gastric emptying study today and it was a piece of cake. I ate a few scrambled eggs, a scan after an hour and another scan after another hour. I had to wait for two hours after that for my last scan but all is ok.

Comment from: Stephanie7297, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I had my gastric emptying scan on December 17th 2013. My results were abnormal. My scan showed that my stomach was not emptying at all. I do not have thyroid problems and pretty sure I do not have diabetes. I now have an appointment with a gastroenterologist, who seems to think it’s my medication which has not changed in more than two years. So I can only guess that it might be something going on in my stomach or that it is idiopathic.

Comment from: Blessed, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

The result of my gastric emptying study is 35.6 percent. Don't know what it means yet, I haven't talked to the doctor yet.

Comment from: Vcousley , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I just had the gastric emptying test at on Thursday. Several hours later I had severe vomiting for 5 minutes at a time, every 10 minutes for 3 hours, and every 15 minutes for the 4th. It was so violent, I was choking and ultimately fecal matter came out! For the next 48 hours I was too weak to walk further than the toilet, feed myself a full bowl of soup or text. When I moved, I was so out of breath, I was panting! Talking still hurts in my chest, 4 days later! Marijuana slowed the vomit long enough to keep a Xanax down which ultimately stopped it.

Comment from: Sherryt, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

My gastric emptying study revealed that 28 percent remained after four hours.

Comment from: Gina, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 30

I have gastroparesis so I have GERD plus a lot of other problems! I had laparoscopic pyloroplasty on December 15th, 2016 and that helped until my bowels wouldn't stop backing up. Working on that now!

Comment from: oldwoman65340, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I am scheduled for gastric emptying next week. I have hypothyroidism which can cause gastroparesis. I also take pain meds and anti-inflammatories for osteoarthritis. I don't have vomiting just nausea, feeling full after small meal, and lots of indigestion. I had a scope done last October. Nothing showed except the damage from medications. I also have a quivering across my stomach which feels like nerves. Didn't know if they might have cut a nerve when I had hip replacement.

Comment from: JP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

The test is scheduled for next Wednesday. The sound of the test alone scared me so I wanted to find out what it was about; more so, what to expect. I have all the symptoms of food not moving as it should. This will be my third CT/Nuclear test of this problem. So far, severe constipation, in large and small intestines were present. Even with medications this problem has not been solved. I will up-date you after the test. Thank you for sharing with me how this test is performed. I am now at ease because of you.

Comment from: tahoetonia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I had a Gastric Emptying Study done 10 months ago and my results were confirmed gastroparesis. There was still food in my stomach after 4 hours. I was put on Nortriptyline 10mg to start and currently taking 50mg nightly. I feel like it has improved my eating, but not as much as I need it to. I have had TPN treatment twice in 9 months for weight loss. As of today I have lost 7 pounds of the last treatment that ended in early January. I am scheduled for another study tomorrow. My doctors do not have any answers as to why I can't maintain the weight. I am struggling with this and am looking for answers from anyone and anywhere I can.


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