So I just took a multivitamin. A perfectly ordinary Costco-brand Centrum-clone multivitamin. Thing is, it's the first time I've been able to do that in a year or so. Something about going in this morning and getting the stricture in my esophagus stretched to 15mm. (It was 7mm until last month's exploratory endoscopy; getting the endoscope past it involved stretching it to 10mm.) And if I can swallow pills now, then I can swallow boluses of fibrous meats. Beef and pork are once again things I can eat in more than microscopic quantities (and thus in less than geologic time). I'm kinda psyched about this.
I'm less psyched about the news that the doctor found (and removed) some polyps from my esophagus and stomach. Gee...polyps at both ends of my digestive system and an immediate-family history of colon cancer. Guess I know what I'm looking forward to at some point.... But that's then. Right now...right now, I can eat. And not throw up at Really Inopportune moments. I can work with this.
To update my possibly-cryptic post from yesterday: Went in Friday for an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. Endoscopy found that, yes, my mid-esophagus is rather constricted. In fact, they opened it up a bit just getting the endoscope through. Current theory is that it's allergy-related...no idea yet whether it's a food allergy or a pollen-type allergy.
Colonoscopy found two polyps, removed 'em both. Glad they're gone; it made going through the prep worth it. It does mean I have to do it again in five years (rather than 10), though.
Monday night's likely-food-poisoning-induced vomiting wrenched something in my back; the frequent standup-sitdown of the pre-procedure bowel purge aggravated the hell out of it. Result was last night I found myself on the couch and unable to move without spiking my pain levels beyond what I could fight through. We got through that, and today went to urgent care. At this moment, I'm on vicodin and flexeril (and am thus drowsy, which is why I'm not doing the Long Entry), and a bit of Voltaren gel (frustratingly, because the polyp sites need to heal, I can't take any internal NSAIDs for 10 days). It's kinda cool to be able to stand up without significant pain. Still going to take it easy this weekend; I *need* to be ready to work Monday.
he result of a food allergy. Just not sure what just yet. Very groggy yet.
Survived procedure. More later when I'm fully awake. Few polyps downstairs (so repeat every 5 years). Constriction upstairs is quite real and likely t
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