So I went to the ENT, and I was in and out so fast. Amazing, considering it took months to get the appointment. I guess being so busy and all, he doesn’t have time to read files, listen to patients about symptoms, current medications or what my two gastroenterologists have found. But lets move on…the Very Good News is that he did the scope through the back of my nose to view the vocal chords and didn’t find any tumors or polyps. That was worth the visit.
And if you’re interested, they spray stuff in the nose to numb everything up. So I could feel the thin tube with the tiny camera at the end moving but it didn’t hurt or cause me distress. I have a strong gag reflex too, and that wasn’t triggered. It was just slightly weird in a kind of fascinating way. He had me make a few noises to watch my vocal chords move. Overall, it was very quick, and I’d do that procedure again with any hesitation.
The super fast diagnosis is that I have acid reflux causing this pain and spots in my throat. I know that’s a real thing, but my regular doctor had ruled it out due to the fact I’ve been on meds for acid reflux for a year now. But this specialist said my doctor is wrong. It’s very possible, my regular doctor is not an ENT, and that’s why he sent me there in the first place. The ENT gave me a prescription to take at night. Now this part is funny–I currently take a generic Prilosec in the morning (and he wants me to continue with that). The prescription is for the exact same active ingredient and the same milligrams in my generic Prilosec. So basically, he doubled my current over-the-counter meds but I guess he made me feel better by making it a prescription???? Or it’s possible I’m missing something on the prescription label that makes it different or stronger.
But whatever, if it works, then Yay! Problem solved! I’ll know in a few weeks.
How’s your Wednesday going?