Shannon Strulson

First post: Jan 7, 2019 Latest post: Jan 27, 2019
My story? So complicated. I started having trouble getting food “stuck” a few years ago. It progressed to a feeling of choking, and then eventually choking and vomiting. I was originally diagnosed with a disease called Eosiniphilic Esophagitis (say that five times fast).  This progressed into another disease called Achalasia, and finally (and hopefully lastly) one more disease called Gastroparesis. These are all rare diseases and there are no cures, just treatment of my symptoms. What does all this mean? My esophagus doesn’t work right to get the food into my stomach, causing me to generally choke and vomit daily. Once the food makes it into my stomach, my stomach doesn’t work right to push the food into my intestines. I had surgery on my esopagus and stomach on March 27,  2018 to try and relieve the choking episodes. Unfortunately it failed, and my doctors in Louisville feel they have reached their limit as to how they can help me and I have been sent to a motility specialist in Indianapolis. So far I’ve been to Indy three times for consultations and testing, with my fourth visit coming up on January 10th. This doctor, Dr. Wo, seems to think that my issue is my vagus nerve not doing its job, it’s either been physically damaged somehow, or it’s neurological. He seems very knowledgeable and thorough, and I’m cautiously hopeful that he can help me get my life back.