Health and Nutrition Counsellor Specializes in Treating Gastroparesis
Crystal Saltrelli is a gastroparesis specialist. Diagnosed with idiopathic (no clear cause) gastroparesis at age 23 in 2004, she decided she had to become her own "expert" on gastroparesis treatment. She went on to become a Certified Health and Nutrition Counsellor, and now specializes in helping other people with gastroparesis.
from Gastroparesis & Gastronomy
"I know this is a challenging condition," Saltrelli says in an introductory video on the home page of her website LivingWithGastroparesis.com, "I know it's frustrating. I know it's difficult; I know it's confusing; I know it's isolating. I've been there."
"But there are things that you can do to live well with gastroparesis, "she continues, "To minimize your symptoms; to improve your nutrition; to look better; to feel better. I am here to help you do that."
Saltrelli says she tried "about every treatment imaginable", both traditional and alternative, including: Botox, Reglan, Misoprostol, generic domperidone (brand name Motilum), Zelnorm, Nexium, Remeron, BuSpar, Amitiza, Zofran, Erythromycin, Align, Iberogast, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, chiropractics, cleanses, detox, digestive enzymes, HCl therapy, low-fat/low-fiber diet, low-carb diet, gluten-free diet, liquid diet, meditation, yoga, and stress management.
Of the above gastroparesis treatments, she found dietary changes, acupuncture, and stress management to be the most beneficial until 2010, when she had a gastric neurostimulater implanted at the Mayo Clinic. Saltrelli says the implant "drastically improved" her way of life. She describes her experiences with gastroparesis medications and treatments on her blog.
Saltrelli has also written a book Eating for Gastroparesis: Guidelines, Tips and Recipes that can be purchased in paper format, or downloaded online from her website.
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