Health issues…. Need Support
Sunday, August 21, 2011
In my last blog I mentioned, I was having a minor medical procedure at the end of the month.
For several years, I would occasionally find it difficult to swallow food. Food would get stuck in my throat, then I’d get the hiccups. I’d have to drink some water to food to go down. It happened so infrequently I didn’t really think anything of it. Then it started happening more frequently, I remembered that my former father in law had the same issue, had his doctor told him it was a part of aging. So again, I dismissed the symptoms. But in the last several months, I’ve noticed that I have issues swallowing with almost every meal I ate. By now I’m concerned about this, and would think “this just isn’t normal.”
One day in June, I had difficulty eating Greek yogurt. If you’ve ever eaten Greek Yogurt you know it’s much ticker than regular yogurt, but NOT particularly difficult to swallow. This got my attention and I was kind of alarmed. I saw my doctor a few weeks later, and discussed the issue with him.
During the examination, the doc said it could be anything from a simple narrowing of the esophagus, or it could be as serious as cancer, as my symptoms didn’t fit any one profile. He told me I’d need a scope done so he could definitively decide what is causing this issue, but he was pretty certain it was a narrowing of esophagus. He referred me to a GI specialist.
When I saw the GI specialist, he essentially asked me the same battery of questions. And confirmed what my Primary Doc had said, that a scope was required to determine the cause of the issue. The specialist said, if it’s a narrowing of the esophagus, as he suspects it is, they will insert balloon down the scope, and “stretch” my esophagus by expanding the balloon - problem solved.
During the examination with *both* docs, they asked if there was a history of cancer in my family. At the time, I just said that my father had died of sarcoma in 2006, and that I had melanoma circa 1991. Both Dr’s looked a tad alarmed. Which surprised me both times.
Since I saw the Specialist in early August, my symptoms seem to have gotten rapidly worse, to the point where swallowing liquids such as water is now an issue at times.
My father died of cancer, his sister died of cancer, my mother’s sister died of cancer, and I myself have had melanoma. And while I have every hope it will be the simplest of issues, it does cross my mind, it could be something far more serious.
On August 31st, at 8:15am PST, I’m having an Upper Endoscopy. So, once again, I’m asking for your prayers and support!