Amazed to be in again. All the while up to yesterday I have been told I am not on the right server when I have tried to get into DSF. Yesterday for some reason DSF popped up.
I have had the most awful 2 months in Spain healthwise - dating back to when I had the b throat problem in September. Horrible tongue and bad tastes in mouth (answered by Alan, [how is your wife now?]). I decided to go and see a private doctor who speaks English. He immediately wanted me to have my BP taken and it was sky high (haven't had my blood pressure taken in a surgery for years). Accepted by the medics in my last surgery that I have over the top White Coat Syndrome and have always accepted my readings. Not this chap! Oh no Dr Kildare just waved his arms at me. He then stuck his size 20 hands under my neck and yes my glands were up! He then took my hands in his and stuck my fingers where he had previously assaulted my glands and stuck them equally forcibly into my poor glands. I really wanted to kick him in the shins. I am a slim lady and I think if we all dug our fingers under the chin we would eventually find glands! Anyway I was sufficiently concerned to go to the local clinic and the BP was equally awful. I was given BP tablets (no explanation, just basically thrown down on the table). Spent the rest of the day translating the Spanish instructions and have been taking them since. Having my BP taken WITH the tablets I still managed to get to 190/109!! I have a ridiculous phobia about BP and I have no idea where it's come from. Got myself (another) meter and absolutely fine now. I am going to ask for a 24 hour BP check without tablets. Quite willing to accept my blood pressure is high but its strange it was fine when I left the shores of Inglaterra.
This is going to be book size folks because I have been on my own with my ailments for 2 months now. I had posted on this problem of Gord/Gerd before here. The tastes were becoming so awful and my tongue was burning and my throat in such discomfort. One evening I started to get this sort of slight wisp of wind coming up from my neck. It was pure acid and I thought 'this isn't GERD!! I have not had one touch of heartburn - and I couldn't fathom what was going on so like every good Google MD I started to research. No, no symptoms of GERD but soon found its first cousin Silent Reflux or better known as LPR - Laryngeal/Pharngeal (spelling?) reflux. Light bulb moment although I do not really have the massive symptoms of Cough, Constant clearing of throat etc I do have the constant PND/Mucus, the irritated throat, sneezing and runny nose (although that's above the throat) and still the burning tongue - and lovely red tip of tongue. I have looked up Lymphoma - doubt it. Read all the forums/fora. Lots of symptoms like mine, the rest taken with a pinch of salt. Funnily enough lots of people on the forums are finding that their glands go up and down. Not so much info from the UK, plenty from the US and wasted a lot of time reading carp and half way down 'read my book' 'see my video merchants'. I am trying not to gird myself up to having a sensible discussion with my doctor when I get back because I don't think they have a Scooby doo about LPR. (that's not being facetious and nasty to poor old overworked doctors) but some research from the UK seemed to suggest they have never heard of this problem, only GERD. I have some (back up to the NHS) health insurance and I will be asking to be referred if I have to wait too long for an ENT appointment (if they will even do that). There is a 'therapy' called Stretta which has now been approved by the NHS. It is non invasive and just tightens up the appropriate sphincter muscle which is causing the problem (doesn't close after eating so sending up acid to various places). It appears not to be too expensive and more and more hospitals in the UK are offering it. If my 'private' insurance won't fund it I will find the money myself. The 'pill' treatment is with PPI's like ranitidine, lansoprasol, etc etc but these cause their own problems and unfortunately if my throat is constantly being bombarded with acid it can lead to a pre-cancerous condition.
The next best treatment is 'Lifestyle Changes'. Now I've lifestyle changed for Diabetes, and IBS and I've nowhere to go with another Lifestyle Change. On this one I can't even have a cup of tea or a glass of wine!! I would love to say 'sod that for a game of soldiers' but I am too refined!
So there it is folks and I can't say how happy I am to, at last, be able to let my worries out. I feel as if I have been on a desert island. Hope you are all well and Patti I will get something from the 'shop' as soon as I get back.
You must all be ready for a good sleep now. Sorryxx