Warning: This post is not for the weak stomached!
Today did not go well at all. I followed my list of med times, trying to spread out all the doses as much as possible. I was careful to take the ones that needed to be with food, and the one that needed to be without food at appropriate times.
Before I could finish sipping my hot tea this morning after breakfast, I moved to get up from the sofa to go to the bathroom, and all the liquids I had taken in over the last hour – juice, water, and tea – all came up explosively all over me and the sofa, propelled by all this gas I have. It’s as if my stomach is stopped up at the bottom and couldn’t hold it all. That is called Gastroparesis, which means slowing of the emptying of the stomach, and is quite likely part of my problem. Really, every part of my digestive tract shows signs of weakening, so I shouldn’t be surprised when something like this happens. That didn’t make it any less upsetting, though, as DH had to quickly do a wash before all that acid ruined my clothes, while I took a bath, and we had to try to get our sofa cleaned up, too. And, I’ve stayed nauseated most of the day, just as I did when I tried to take Sinemet last year.
From what I’ve read from other PWP, many people get over the nausea fairly quickly when they start Sinemet, so I sure hope I will be able to tolerate it this time. I was much sicker with the GERD last year when I tried to take it than I am now, so there is reason to be optimistic, which is what I choose to be.
I see my Gastroenterologist tomorrow, and I have an appointment with my Neurologist next Friday, so maybe I will know what needs to be done soon to get the benefit, and not the side effects, of my meds.