The good news is my doctor got my test report and I don’t have achalasia. The bad news is that I don’t have achalasia. I say that because at least achalasia has a defined surgical treatment.
My situation is apparently something called hyper contractile esophagus, meaning that instead of a nice smooth swallow, I generate super high pressures in my esophagus and the food gets jammed up. Unfortunately there is no real defined treatment for this.
My gastroenterologist has suggested that I try muscle relaxers.
Let me see, mind-numbing fatigue caused by RA combined with a number of existing prescription drugs that also slow me down — and he wants to add muscle relaxers?
I told him he could prescribe them but I’d only take them when I didn’t want to get out of bed that day.
I take about a dozen prescription drugs plus a handful of supplements. Adding yet another prescription drug (probably multiple times a day) that may or may not solve the problem is just not something that I’m willing to do. I’ve learned (out of necessity) how to eat to minimize the problem and, given the choice, I’d rather be awake, thank you very much.
It’s understandable that when we take problems to our doctors that they want to solve them for us. However, I’ve always told my doctors that it’s okay if one of the options we discuss is “do nothing.” In this situation, I think “do nothing” is the right thing to do.
So thank you, everyone, for your well wishes. I really, truly appreciate all the support. I hope whatever doctor reports are in your future are also benign. Thanks for checking in.