So yesterday I FINALLY... After three months of pain, got an endoscopy.
They discovered that it is not a stomach ulcer, but instead, something called esophagitis. Esophagitis is the erosion of the esophagus, it's sorta like a stomach ulcer, but it's just in the esophagus. It's caused by a lot of things, however, they are pretty sure mine is caused by the very large amount of ibuprofen I have to take for my cronic back pain, which comes from spondylolthesis, and acid reflux, but that could be a side effect of the ibuprofen. A few months ago, before this started, I tried to get a medication called Duexis, which is pretty much 800mg ibuprofen that is COATED so it will not injure the stomach lining... Well, apparently, if you are not over the age of 85, you can not get Duexis. So instead, they gave me these large white, uncoated, 800mg of ibuprofen... Trust me, they helped my pain. I was able to go to concerts, raves, partys, do photoshoots, dance, go downtown, even survive anime cons!!! Which, I can't do normally because my pain levels are to high. But, because I was taking them close to once a day.... my stomach didn't like that at all.
So, the treatment for esophagitis is the same as it would be for a non bacteria caused ulcer, taking antacids, which I have been. They saw that the esophagitis is just Grade A, and I've been on Zantac (the antacids) for about three weeks, so it's very very possible that it has already healed a great deal then when it was first there. They did take a biopsy of the stomach lining, so I am waiting for results from that....
However, I am still nauseous, and still unable to eat a lot. Like, I've been eating a meal and a half, if even that. And I'm tired ALL the time, I came home after my endoscopy and went to bed, and didn't get up till today.
We are also going to have to figure out some pain management other than mussel relaxers because I can't keep taking them... I mean I guess taking them when I want to go out and do something isn't all the time, but taking a mussel relaxer just to go hang out with friends.. It's kinda annoying. I don't want to have to take something that makes me loud, obnoxious, and out of it, every time I want to go out of the house.
I'm sorry guys, but I really do not know when I will start shooting again. I'm trying to talk my boyfriend into learning how to use my camera so we can do shoots in my room/around the house.... However I'm not sure if it will actually happen.
But... Thank you all for being so supportive!~
It means a lot more to me than you think.