More health issues for me
because a brain that is sinking onto my spinal column is not enough apparently. I have been having chest pain/pressure for a few months, but it would just come and go so I never really thought about it. A few weeks ago it got really bad and freaked me out enough to go to the ER. After an EKG, blood work and chest X-ray it was determined I had gastritis. ( Taken from WebMd; Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach.) I was sent home with instructions to eat a bland diet and take Prilosec. I followed up with my doctor a few days later and he determined I had GERD based on my symptoms. ( From the Mayo clinic Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). ) Off to the specialist I go because GERD is a factor for esophageal cancer and my father had both GERD and Esophageal cancer so I am at a higher risk for it. Gotta love genetics! I saw the specialist Monday evening and he insisted I get an endoscopy done the next morning. (That is when they stick a camera down your esophagus to get a look at things.) Apparently the fact that I could feel my food in the esophagus is a bad thing. LOL So I went to have it done, I remember the nurse pushing the meds to make me sleep then I was being woken up about 25 minutes later. I got some results yesterday. Apparently I have an esophageal ulcer, stomach ulcer, gastritis, esophagitis(same as the gastritis but in the esophagus) and the flap between my esophagus and stomach is too narrow. I also still have the GERD I need to go back in April for another endoscopy and a possible balloon dilation of the opening. Since he found so many things, I need a colonoscopy and ultrasounds of my liver, gallbladder, pancreas and lower abdomen. I swear things can never be simple with me. I am on 3 different scripts for the ulcers and such. Am I freaked that I may develop cancer? Sure, but I am not dwelling on it after all there is nothing I can do to prevent it. I will take my meds and try to keep the acid under control and that will help. I do not smoke or drink so that is also a good thing.