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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.
songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
I haven't heard from the phone interview. It's been just over a week (she'd said she'd get back to me in a week, but given how slowly hiring actually happens, I figured that it'll be longer.). I emailed the recruiter, though, just to check.

I've been to the doctor today. I have a deep cough that won't go away. Not productive, but sometimes in my chest. It's dry and hacking and, when it won't stop for minutes, becomes halfway to sounding (and feeling) like my body's trying to vomit. It's NOT nice. Drinking water doesn't help; sometimes it exacerbates it. What does help is extremely mentholated cough drops. Regular mints don't work. It feels as if I've got something stuck in the back of my throat, or a dry patch. Swallowing doesn't help, and it doesn't always happen after eating, so it's unlikely that it IS something real stuck in the back of my throat.

Also, there's a painful bit, on the right side of my innards, deep into my body just to the right of my navel. It's not my intestines - those I can feel and they're normal. It's also not my stomach - that's much higher (although it, too, can be painful when pressed on; I've a long history of acid reflux.)

Also, my blood pressure's been up (to 140/90) for the past few months. We think this might be connected to the recent increase in my synthroid dosage (although, now that I think about it, the bp was up before we raised the synthroid dose). Since it's not going down and it's holding steady (almost no fluctuation; I have a home bp tester and it's showing just about exactly what the doctor's does), we've started me on lysinopril, to lower my blood pressure.

I've got a referral for an ultrasound for my belly and I'll be getting an authorization for an ENT visit where, we hope, they'll run a camera down my nose to take a look at things. I'll ask for a copy of the video, 'cause I love to see this stuff.

I'd sort of like a new body, please. This one is breaking.

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