Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Yesterday's PET scan did not reveal anything that could be causing the abdominal pain I have been having. What now? Well, I haven't talked to my oncologist yet, but I did meet with my gastroenterologist who has me scheduled for another esophageal scope, dilation and biopsies in a month. Now that I can relax that they are not biopsying for cancer (that is what a PET scan is designed to rule out), he is looking to find if I have a condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis which he says it appeared to him as being both visually and with my symptoms, but he has to be sure before treating for it. It is believed that some patients with this also have allergies. I do not have allergies, but that's what we said when my lips kept swelling up last year. :) It could be that chemo therapy has somehow had an affect on the gastro intestinal tract, which it has been known to do. Nevertheless, EE can be treated using dilations to widen the esophagus, as well as inhaled steroids to shrink swelling. Weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, scar tissue rings, regurgitating food, food becoming stuck, globus sensation in the throat, are all symptoms I have and all are listed in conjunction with EE. Frustrating as all of this is, I am learning to trust God No Matter What<---link to song). I have spent the better part of 2 years now chasing down medical issues, and I am way too young for that! :) I didn't expect to still be doing this 2 years after breast cancer entered my world, but nothing surprises God. I appreciate your continued prayers. Blessings!