For the past few years I’ve had some appetite issues. Because I’m drowning in mucous most of the time, choking on it, blowing my nose so often I carry out 2 grocery bags + of dirty tissues weekly. Gross😬. This always triggers my gag reflex and I’m worshipping the porcelain God more often than not.
Anyway, I’ve brought it to every medical professional’s attention throughout the past few years, always getting some random diagnosis along with a prescription and admonishment of “let me know if this works for you within the next 3 months.” Finally, I was referred to an Ear,Nose and Throat Specialist.
Six months later, got an appointment with that ENT, who proceeded to thoroughly check out my ears, nose and throat. He even stuck a foot long flexible light up my frozen nostril😜. Now, THAT was fairly gross and the vomiting after he pulled it out was equally gross. Geez.
Anyway, as it turns out, all the mucous is coming from my stomach, NOT my sinus area! He diagnosed me with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, otherwise know as Silent Reflux. Essentially my esophagus is filling up with mucous from my stomach, and, no, there is NO heartburn involved. This condition is very common in babies but they are not aware of why it occurs in adults. Untreated, it has been linked to stomach cancer.
I was stunned, flabbergasted and learned something new! He gave me a prescription for Pantoprazole Magn 40 mg twice daily, to be taken 30 minutes before eating and a long list of foods NOT to eat. Dammit! I did not want to ever have to monitor my food consumption. Plus there’s a list of things to do, like, raise the head of your bed 4-6″, do not wear tight, constrictive clothes, etc.
No coffee, cigs, chocolate, citrus, tomatoes, dairy, fatty/greasy meat, bacon, spices….what’s left that tastes good?