I am trying to keep my chin up but I swear it is tough. I saw Dr. Rheumy today and have a couple of things to be happy about: I lost more weight, I am reducing my Prednisone dose and the very professional woman that drew my blood today left no marks.
But I can't help but worry about my new symptom - I am having a difficult time swallowing solid food, especially if it is dry or hard, like rice or my medications. I have 'choked' like this before, but now it is becoming a problem. It could be because my esophagus is dry or he mentioned there could be other causes. I am increasing my Prevacid, and calling back with an update next week. Then, I will most likely see a gastroenterologist for a barium swallow test.
My Grandma has struggled with esophageal stricture for years. She has spent many a holiday in the bathroom, coughing on lodged food. I am familiar with the procedure her doctor performed, without pain medication, to stretch her esophagus out; she cried out in pain. (My Mom could hear her from the waiting room.)
This sticks in my mind, yet this food sticking thing is for the birds too.