Oct. 14th, 2010

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I saw my gastro Dr. today. Since the Zofran isn't working well anymore, she prescribed me a new drug. She prescribed Marinol as needed, during my days where I throw up so much I can't even leave my bed. The Zofran works on the days where I'm just nauseous, but it does nothing for the ones where something actually happens.

Marinol has THC in it. As put in that link, the government considers it to be the current legal marijuana. This will be, um... interesting.

I got the test results of the solid gastric emptying study I had around a month or so ago. It was normal, to everyone's surprise, my stomach is processing food exactly the way it's supposed to. With this and the other tests, my gastro Dr. feels that she ruled out anything serious that could be wrong.

I have GERD, I have IBS and I have gastroenteritis. These were already diagnosed a long time back. But there was still something and she is very tentatively putting a possible diagnosis out there and she is going to see me in a few months to see if she still feels like it then. I'm reading a lot of things about this disorder and it actually makes a whole lot of sense. It's for this that she prescribed the Marinol.

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome:
CVS is characterized by episodes or cycles of severe nausea and vomiting that last for hours, or even days, that alternate with intervals with no symptoms. Although originally thought to be a pediatric disease, CVS occurs in all age groups. Medical researchers believe CVS and migraine headaches are related (see CVS and Migraine).

Each episode of CVS is similar to previous ones, meaning the episodes tend to start at the same time of day, last the same length of time, and occur with the same symptoms and level of intensity. Although CVS can begin at any age, in children it starts most often between the ages of 3 and 7.

Episodes can be so severe that a person has to stay in bed for days, unable to go to school or work. The exact number of people with CVS is unknown, but medical researchers believe more people may have the disorder than commonly thought. Because other more common diseases and disorders also cause cycles of vomiting, many people with CVS are initially misdiagnosed until other disorders can be ruled out. CVS can be disruptive and frightening not just to people who have it but to family members as well.
There's more information here. But these two things are worth note:
Once a vomiting episode begins, treatment usually requires the person to stay in bed and sleep in a dark, quiet room. Severe nausea and vomiting may require hospitalization and intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration. Sedatives may help if the nausea continues.

Episodes can be so severe that a person has to stay in bed for days, unable to go to school or work.
My grandma thinks I'm lazy when I have the episodes where I am so sick. Because it cannot possibly be that bad. I do it sometimes, too. So it's strange to be told there's an actual, valid reason.
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