Friday, February 13, 2009
For a few months now, I've had difficulty breathing. Whenever I do any kind of physical activity, I start to wheeze. I went to see the doctor about it and he tried lots of stuff - an EKG, a chest x-ray, asthma treatments... then I said it felt more like it was in my throat, not in my lungs - like asthma in my throat. So, he tried acid reflux medication in case I had stomach acid eating at my esophagus, but that didn't work either. So, I went in yesterday to see an ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor. He sprayed a numbing spray up my nose, which then dripped down my throat, and then he put a fiber optic camera up my nose and down my throat to have a look. I've attached the picture of what we saw. I have a bunch of tissue that is blocking off my airway, so the little hole that is left for me to breathe through is the size of a soda straw hole. The ENT that I saw called up an even more specialist ENT at LDS hospital and that new doctor, Dr. Smith, had me come down to LDS hospital yesterday afternoon so he could have a look. He looked too, and said I need to have at least 2 surgeries to remove and biopsy the tissue. I'm also having more tests done to see if I have an autoimmune disease that can cause this. My first sugery is on March 6. Isn't this just SO fun?