A real live phone call from my doctor at my desk phone this afternoon- and I thank heavens for my good government health insurance plan once again. The tests are back and reviewed. X-ray: all clear. Stool sample (eww): all good. Blood work: good, but I was a little “dry”- no water or food since the night before most likely causing the result. Blood, we’ll test again. And the upper GI barium swallow? Yep. It’s definitely acid reflux. Irritation all over the place.
So, where do we go from here? She asks if I’ve been doing better with the medicine. Not so much. Skipping dinner has been much more effective. And thanks to the wonders of wonderful internet commenters, I tried a helping of Alleve after dinner last night to cut into the fear/ panic/ pain cycle. And you know what? At least for last night, it worked! I was a little acid-y after dinner and swallowed down the pain meds. And I SLEPT! All night, straight through until morning. I even hit snooze a few times to enjoy the sensation.
Doc recommended doubling the nightly Zantac before bed. And I’m hoping between that and the Alleve, I should be a sleeper who also eats. Or an eater who can sleep. Because she mentioned that if I’m still getting sick I should schedule for an endoscope. Swallowing a camera on a giant tube is not on my agenda if I can possibly help it.
I may not have mentioned it before, but my gag reflux is not exactly weak. In fact, brushing my teeth makes me a little heavy even on a good day. My throat gets a little panicky at the idea of swallowing any sort of tube. So, I hereby vow to be a very good girl. And take my meds and eat bland, mushy, small amounts of food for weeks. Because I am a girl who likes to get results- and not the kind that come from invasive medical procedures. Not if I can help it.