One of the common questions I get are from people wanting to know if you still feel hungry when you have a feeding tube. For me, I find it varies every day. If I'm having a good day with my symptoms then YES I get hungry, my stomach is empty and my senses are crying out for me to fulfil the most basic survival instinct....and then I give in and it all changes. My senses say one thing but my body says the opposite...as soon as its in, it wants to come out. Then you spend the next few hours wishing you had just said NO...wishing you hadn't caved in to that sensory overload...so you learn your lesson...for a while, and then mother nature plays this cruel game again. I love food....but it doesn't love me... that is my point of acceptance. My tube allows me to be at home with my family, it allows me to get my meds when I need them and most of all it allows me to stay alive where otherwise I would not be here right now. For that I am grateful x
Please see the video below for guidance on setting up an enteral feed (artificial feeding into the digestive system). The tube featured in the demonstration is a naso-jejunal feeding tube but the principles are the same for all types of enteral feeding such as naso-gastric feeding (NG) PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) tubes, and PEJ (percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy) tubes. The type of tube offered to you by your healthcare provider will depend on your range of symptoms and the length of time you will require it for.
Naso-Gastric feeding and Naso-Jejunal feeding tubes are usually used as a short term treatment option whereas the PEG and PEJ tubes are for long term use.
What's the difference?
Naso-gastric tubes and the long term PEG tubes feed directly into the stomach. They are used widely for patients who are unable to swallow and for anyone who is unable to eat but has an otherwise healthy stomach.
Naso-Jejunal and PEJ tubes feed nutrients into the jejunum (small intestine) therefore by-passing the role of the stomach. This is considered to be the best option for nutritional support for gastroparesis. It allows patients to receive reliable nutrition without the associated symptoms experienced when feeding into the stomach.
The products featured are from the UK and although the brand may be different the principles are the same wherever you are. My NHS trust uses Nutricia products, you can get more information on the products featured at: www.nutricia.co.uk or www.nutricia.com