Thursday, September 21

My heart burns for you

Actually, it burns for no one in particular. It just burns.

I've been reading up on peptic and duodenal ulcers, and by golly I think I may have one of those damn things, probably duodenal. Either that or acid reflux disease. Because for several months now I've had chronic chest pain and burning. Mostly burning. Every day. Several times a day.

Could it be? Could my lower esophageal sphincter be defective? Dear lord, they don't prepare you for this crap in college.

I know they say that ulcers and such aren't caused by stress, but I've had a fairly stressful summer and I remember realizing after a particularly stressful day that my chest had been burning all day and I'd eaten a whole roll of Rolaids to try to stifle the pain. If what I've got isn't caused by stress, it's surely aggravated by it. My crappy eating habits probably don't help either.

Either way, I probably should go to the doctor.

I'm just not prepared for any of this body-breaking bullshit that comes along with getting older. Making regular doctor's visits is not something I'm going to be able to adjust to easily. I've made my peace with the dentist and the eye doctor, but the others? The specialists? I mean, I thank the heavens that they exist, but I'm not all that giddy about actually having to request their services.

It's just another way for this fast-moving train to remind me that I can't get off and I can't slow down so I'd better pay attention and pay my fare and enjoy the ride as much as possible.

4 Comments:

Blogger Cheryl said...

If it's Acid Reflux, stay away from greasy, fatty foods (you know, the stuff that tastes REALLY good) and oregeno. Get thee to the dr. That stuff's serious.

Cheryl
Proud daily Nexium popper

Thu Sep 21, 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger theogeo said...

Cheryl, you're a purple piller? I looked at their website last night too. Its information was pretty consistent with the medical sites. I'm reluctantly going to make an appointment today.

As for the greasy, fatty foods? I don't find them; they find me. I swear!

Thu Sep 21, 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Palm Tree said...

Could my lower esophageal sphincter be defective?

Never in a speech balloon from a mermaid on butcher paper in third grade.

Thu Sep 21, 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger mike said...

Your worries about your pyloric valve worry me. Your identification with Ignatius Reilly is a bit too complete. ;-)

Mon Sep 25, 03:06:00 PM  

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