Wednesday, June 27, 2007

shot in the arm

i finally went in and laid out all my g.i. problems for dr. my symptoms have been getting progressively worse and i'm almost positive it may be one of the causes of my insomnia. my primary dr. told me i have a bad case of heartburn. i think i may have gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease). this is, of course, is a self diagnosis.

the checklist:
    xx Do you suffer from heartburn symptoms more than two or three times a week?

    no Do the symptoms feel like a burning under your breastbone?

    xx Do your symptoms often get worse after eating?

    xx Are you taking antacids after every meal to minimize symptoms? Do they help?

    no Do you feel a burning chest pain when exercising?

    xx Are your symptoms worse when you lie down?

    xx Do you often taste a faint sense of acid in your mouth?

    xx Do you have trouble sleeping at night?

    no Do you have asthma that is made worse when you're having heartburn?

    no Does your voice get scratchy when you have heartburn?

    xx Is heartburn interfering with your quality of life?

Answering yes to one or more of these questions might mean you have GERD. *ding, ding*

i pop pepto/pepcid like candy. first it was a few after a night of drinking. now it's 6 or more after anything i eat or drink. i actually went to sleep at a decent time one night this weekend and found myself sitting up in our tent 3 or 4 times fighting off the nausea i've been getting more frequently than not. tomorrow i go on the strong stuff. hopefully i'll find some relief. damn, i'm getting old. who blogs about heartburn?

i did get a tetanus shot during my office visit. can't even remember the last time i had one of those so it was due time. now i'm nursing a head cold (courtesy of the current), upset stomach and sore arm. wheel me to the nursing home now! ;)

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