seawasp (seawasp) wrote,
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seawasp

Good health news...

... after seeing my doctor yesterday, we are reasonably certain that the symptoms are, indeed, gastrointestinal tract related. A re-examination of the barium swallow films showed that I have a hiatal hernia (basically this is an inversion at the stomach-esophagus interface), and a Schatzki ring higher up. A Schatzki ring is basically a web or outgrowth around the interior of the esophagus which can indeed catch food and cause the pains/spasms I've been feeling. These phenomena are reasonably easy to treat; I have an appointment with a specialist next week, and hopefully within a few days after that they'll actually treat it and the problems will be mostly behind me.

This is a great relief.
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