Sunday, September 8, 2013

Finding Relief

After 3 weeks of weird symptoms, I am almost back to baseline.

To sum up, I've been dealing with decreased appetite, significant weight loss, terrible sleep, dry heaving/vomiting, feeling like there is a lump in my throat that won't go away, and just generalized weakness. At the beginning, I thought this was all just anxiety. It's not my normal anxiety, but I thought maybe I just really did myself in this time.

However, I did some digging and went to my doctor with reflux as a possible idea. He put me on prescription-strength Prilosec and said to try it for a week and see what happens. I've still got the occasional lump in the throat feelings, which may be just inflammation/damage from the recent acid. I'm also still having to take something extra for sleep, but hopefully not for long.

I have the option of going ahead and seeing a specialist to see if I need my esophagus dilated (ugh). But we'll just wait and see if that needs to happen.

I've had the past week off with the original plan to go to Nashville for a songwriter's seminar. But I just didn't feel good about going - even though at the time we thought we had all our business together. It turns out just before my week off, our renter backed out of moving into our rental house and I started to feel really weird/ill.

I am very grateful that I listened to myself and stayed here. I am very grateful that I am starting to feel better, and that I had some time off to just not work.

Now I need to re-prioritize some things and figure out how to try to decrease stress and increase some rest and relaxation in my daily life.

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