In my last blog I posted that my doctor figured I had bronchitis again and put me on antibiotics. After a few days I noticed they werent working and the pain was actually getting worse. By Sunday evening I felt like I had a huge peice of something lodged in my esophagus and chest and was having difficulty even swallowing water. I called my doctor (he was on call) and he told me to come in first thing Monday morning.
After going over all my symptoms and being checked over, hes pretty sure this all has to do with me having gastoesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and at the moment Espophagitis. Ive already got an ulcer thats healing, and now he believes that my esophugas has been burned raw from it and the nerves around it into my chest are being affected. He put me on a new medication for 10 days to heal it and told me no solids for a week. I was also sent for lots of blood work and a chest xray to rule out something more serious. I didnt get a call yesterday, so I am assuming things were all clear.
Today my esphophagus doesnt hurt so much and I can feel that the swelling has gone down. My chest still hurts but will hopefully that will start to get better over the next couple of days. In the meantime, I don't have alot of food options. Pretty much been eating soup, yogurt, bananas and mashed potates. Not very exciting, but maybe ill manage to lose a few extra pounds from this (thatd be nice...) If anyone else has been on one of these food restrictions and has some suggestions please send them my way. This stuff is going to get boring fast!
I'm really hoping and praying that this is the correct diagnosis. If it is, I will probably need to be on some kind of antacid medication for good and my diet will have to change. Cut out soda and coffee and try to limit spicy foods, citruses and things like tomato sauce. Its funny, because I never really get heartburn. Apperently though you can have it without feeling a burn, simply a pain. I am still going for an ultrasound in the next few weeks to rule out gallbladder.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. They have been greatly appreciated :)