I got to experience my first night with Gastroparesis. I have heard of these from fellow GP friends and how bad they can be but I have never experienced them. My GP has recently been sending me to bed at night with my new best friend, the heating pad and waking me up during night with abdominal pain. I am a serious sleeper. I can sleep through anything so for me to wake up, it’s intense.
I took all of my meds Sunday night and went to bed as usual. I woke up around midnight to really bad abdominal pain. It was not the kind of abdominal pain that would send you to the bathroom. I talked myself into laying there for a while thinking I would fall back asleep and sleep through the pain. Yeah… right. I caved in about twelve thirty. I took some medication for the pain. By one thirty, I had listened to all the music I could take. The medication wasn’t working. I figured getting up and moving around might help with the pain. I decided that I would take my “back up” Bentyl liquid medication because I was desperate. I take the Bentyl sparingly due to previous issues with Bentyl and bladder retention. Catheterizing yourself is NO fun. When I got up, oh my gosh, I have never felt that kind of pain before. It was so awkward. I don’t want to feel pain like that again. It was like someone grabbed my stomach and back at the same time and squeezed them.
I moved to the couch and watch tv and I am impressed with late night tv. I am never up at those hours of the night. I laid back down around three fifteen after taking my last dose of the DAY of Librax. I worked in a pharmacy and I know you’re supposed to follow the directions. I didn’t follow the directions and I don’t care. I remember when I took those last two capsules and thinking that I am done for the day with my Librax. It was three fifteen in the MORNING!!!!
I fell asleep a little before four. I didn’t sleep to well. I kept waking up and I finally got up around eight to go to work. I called in to tell them I’d be in later in the morning. I’ve slept better since, thank goodness. I’m still using the heating pad. Who ever created the heating pad has helped numerous people, me being one of them. I am going to try out the Thermacare Heat Patches during my painful days at work. I have beginning to notice more abdominal pain in the day. Hopefully that was my only GP influenced night for a while.