So last week, I went into the nuclear medicine dept at Kaiser to get a test done to see if I had a condition called Gastroparesis. Yes, I am sure it sounds pretty foreign to most, but it is basically a type of nerve damage somewhat common with Type I diabetes that delays the stomach from emptying. The test lasted four hours! I basically had to eat an egg scramble that was injected with radioactive material, so they could take a two minute x-ray of my stomach every hour for four hours to see how quickly the materials emptied from my stomach into my intestinal track.
I had been having stomach pains, acid reflux and delayed high blood sugars, so the Dr. thought this may be a condition. I would go to bed with great blood sugars in the 80-120 range and wake up at 3-4am with blood sugars of 250-300+. Not only is that not healthy, but I wasn't able to get a good night sleep and for me, SLEEP is my haven! Good news, the test came back negative! I had completely normal stomach emptying time. I think the high blood sugars in the night were from my Lantus (long acting) insulin going bad, coupled with some high carbohydrate dinner prior to bed. I have replaced my insulin and it has really seemed to help.
As long as the study was, it was totally worth it and essential to determining if I had the condition or not. The thing that erks me, is I had gone to see a gastroenterologist about two years ago and the Dr., right away did an upper endoscopy. So he decided to put me under anesthesia and put a camera down my throat, which cost me a small fortune. My nuclear egg study was free at Kaiser. The endoscopy came back normal, so he said, "You probably have gastroparesis, since you are diabetic". I didn't think I had it and hate when every condition you have "IS A RESULT OF YOUR DIABETES". [Side note: Recently went to chiropractor and I clearly had a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder and it would run down to my hands and she said, "well you know that diabetes can cause nerve issues, so maybe it could be that". I clearly replied, "Yes I am aware, and that's NOT IT".]
To make things worse, after my endoscopy, the Dr. put me on a gastroparesis drug to "TRY" to see if things get better. That "Drug" (Reglan) he put me on has severe side effects like depression, involuntary twitching, Parkinsons-like symptoms and other terrible disorders. The only side effect I remember him saying was depression and I wasn't willing to even risk that. I only used for about a week, but still mad that I even used it. Why would he risk a "Test" with a drug like that on me when he didn't even know if that was my diagnosis! I usually take full responsibility of what I put in my body and research it, but shouldn't a doctor share in the responsibility and know best? Guess not. Should the takeaway here be, "Always be skeptical, even from your doctors?", that is a tough reality, but I guess when it comes down to it, you are responsible for your health and well-being! So always be aware and ask questions when you are unsure. Your health is YOURS!