Just came back from my doc... Verdict... Gastric reflux and thyroid nodule, two seemingly unrelated problems. It doesn't rain for me... It bloody pours cats and dogs!! Apparently, reflux can cause a whole heap of problems. If it bypasses the lower stomach sphincter muscle, it sits in the esophagus and you get heartburn, but if the issue is with the upper sphincter muscle, it can spill into the larynx, irritating the trachea, causing coughing spasms, breathing issues, etc... As for the nodule, I'm meant to have a CT scan on the 4th of January and a biopsy to see what it's all about. She says not to worry as it's a small soft one and doesn't appear attached to the thyroid. Those are normally benign. Still... That lump is getting annoying! Makes swallowing difficult. She prescribed some Nexium tablets for the reflux, and told me to modify my diet; smaller portions (err... I don't eat lots!) don't eat too late and then go to bed, and cut out all causative foods and drinks, such as alcohol, coffee, soft drinks, spicy foods, chocolates... You know... The fun stuff that makes living worthwhile, especially during the holiday season!!! What a friggen BUMMER!!! :(
After coming home and doing some online research about Nexium, I promptly brought it back to the chemist for a full refund. The laundry list of side-effects was scary, and some of the things I read online freaked me out! Also... I have had liver issues in my life, and it is contraindicated to people who have liver problems.
While we were at the chemist, one of the clerks approached us and asked what I was taking the Nexium for, to which I replied, "reflux". She told me of an all natural product that's safe for babies and elderly alike, and that has been in use in Germany and Switzerland for years. It's called Iberogast. She says her husband swears by it. Natural products? Plants and herbs? I'll buy that! So I did! I'll keep you guys posted about my progress.