Apr. 19th, 2017

songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
I've been hit by an overwhelming bout of fatigue and I've no idea why. I was fine earlier today, but somehow a couple of hours ago, I could barely stay awake. I have writing to do - writing I've been putting off for weeks in favor of less important but more 'urgent' things. It's time I stopped putting writing on the back burner, so here we go.

Also, I realized I've forgotten to mention something which has been a large stressor in my life recently.

I've had a random, dry, hacking, non-productive cough off and on for years. In the past ... oh, 5 - 8 months, it's gotten much MUCH worse. I finally got to the doctor about it; she directed me to an ENT, who cheerfully looked down my throat (by sticking a camera up my nose - he let me video his videoing, which was great.) and determined that the back of my throat is inflamed and unhappy and swollen. This is causing it to press against itself, which has made my throat feel like there's something caught back there. That feeling has triggered the coughing.

The root cause is actually excess stomach acid, which has been (apparently without any other real symptoms) creeping up my esophagus and irritating my throat. So, I'm on proton pump inhibitors to slow my acid production.

It's been working, slowly. I'm much better now than I was a month ago, although I haven't gone a day without a major coughing attack. The sensation has changed, as well. It used to feel like the back of my throat was dry and unwettable, or like there was something large and spiky in my throat. Now it feels like something small and sharpish poking me in the neck from the inside.

When the pain/sensation goes away, my eyes start watering enough to make it look like I'm weeping copiously.

I'm looking forward to getting over this.

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