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A brief note (well, certainly shorter) this time. (I wrote a massive one the other day.)
I went this morning to see one of those expensive private ENT surgeons. I did this largely so I could get a laryngscope done - and not have to (a) convince my GP Surgery that it was necessary (which seems progressively more difficult) and (b) not have to wait for the beloved NHS systems to take there (ever progressively longer) sweet time.
Anxiety was, I fear, getting the better of me. A month ago I was fine. I felt I had my LPR under control - and that naturally too. Then I had a bout exposed to Dettol fumes and my mind and stomach went into overdrive without any authoritative advise to hold in its nagging fold. I hadn't been sleeping. Last night I did go to bed - but then got up and convinced myself I had nose cancer. Turns out I didn't. 'Nothing suspicious' was the verdict. For me THAT was WORTH the expense.
The surgeon - a most kind man - said that my nose was inflamed. (I wasn't surprised. I had been toying with it anxiously but hours before and pouring generic decongestant down it. 'Could I breathe?' 'Yes, I could.' He also said that my vocal cords were red. They certainly looked so to me as well. That said I do not have a cough ... or indeed hoarseness (well, certainly undue) as far as I know.
I think what I REALLY need to do is just take care of myself now. Lie down. Panic OVER. Calm down. Go back to getting some sleep and turn off the 'worry button'. 'NO CANCER' ... I'll keep saying that to myself. 'NO CANCER'. That's what was making me SEE red ... and I'm - believe it or not - a cancer survivor ... of a number of decades now. The world has moved on ...
The surgeon gave me a prescription. They have to do something, right? As he - not in these exact words - himself suggested: 'it's a one stop shop'. In the kit prescribed was (a) A nasal spray (which I will get) which he said 'would help me breathe'; (b) a PPI - Omeprazole, 20 mg 2xday for 2 weeks, then 1xday for two more; and (c) a antibiotic for THREE DAYS because - and I quote - I 'MAY' have a cold.
(i) I will get the nasal spray certainly - but wanted to ask about the others. (ii) I am - genuinely - uncertain that I DO 'have a cold'. I am not congested. He did say I was dehydrated ... but are you surprised with ALL that decongestant I was stupidly pouring. I do not - nor have recently - had any kind of temperature and am running a pretty full schedule. It's only a lack of sleep that's really telling IMHO. Thus I think I will wait on the antibiotic until there is more clinical proof that I have an infection. Also my first round of LPR (well, the first I knew of) came about after a series of antibiotic treatments in 2014. Don't think I want to open that door again - certainly without clear justification. At that time I had a round with Nexum. It did precious little for me - indeed made me worse off if I recall. I managed to get all my symptoms under control after I stopped it. I was fine - as I say - until recently when Panic City came to call. I really think that it was the influx of anxiety led to my spike in reflux. I would like to think that I could - possibly - try a natural route (pun intended) - if only for a short while - to see if I couldn't beat this thing with rest and appropriate care.
Has anyone had any luck dealing with the waves of the white foamy stuff? Grateful to hear if you might.
Much thanks - as ever - for your patience and kind consideration. I am ever so grateful.
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