Jennifer Lyon

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023
Wednesday: Throat Update

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?

4 comments to “Wednesday: Throat Update”

  1. Silver James
    November 15th, 2023 at 8:43 am · Link

    Fingers crossed! 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 I just hope the ENT isn’t so busy that he just went for the easy. I shall remain positive for you so yay. In, out, quick diagnosis, prescription and hope for relief once the meds kick in! I’m all for that. Glad you have some answers.

    Not much going on around here. I’m snickering at Pete. He’s napping on the “shelf” of the cat tower at the end of my desk and his chin is resting on a storage box that is shaped like a large, thick book. He looks so comfortable he’s making me yawn. 🤣

  2. Viki S.
    November 15th, 2023 at 3:49 pm · Link

    It’s very annoying when Dr.’s seem to just rush you in and out. It’s nice to hear that the procedure wasn’t too bad. I have my fingers crossed that the acid reflux will be under control with the second does of medication.

    What I have learned about generic vs. name brand is that the carrier the medication is in is what is different. Sometimes that can be an issue but usually not.

    Praying all goes well and that you feel better soon.

    Looks like the KitchenAid downdraft range is finally in stock. C is going to order it tonight for me ( he gets Home Depot points ) but have it delivered after Thanksgiving. Less stress.

    Have a great afternoon.

  3. Jenn
    November 15th, 2023 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Silver, oh he definitely went for the easy, first line diagnosis. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong, and I sincerely hope he’s right :-) An easy fix is always the best, even if I was annoyed by the doctor.

    Pete sure is living his best life these days! He sounds very comfy!

    Hope Wednesday is being good to you.

  4. Jenn
    November 15th, 2023 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Viki, it sure would be nice if the doctor is right and this works!

    I guess maybe this prescription is the pure form of the drug, and that might be the difference. I don’t know. But again, if this works, that’s all the matters. My (and Wizard’s) annoyance is a minor thing.

    Yay for the downdraft being in stock! That’s smart to wait until after Thanksgiving to have it delivered. You don’t need something going wrong around the time you’re cooking and prepping for the holiday with your family!

    Hope your day is going well.

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