I guess I am becoming an old pro at having an endoscopy as this procedure was the tenth time I have had this done. This time, last Friday, was the first time that an endoscopy included having an ultrasound. The procedure takes about an hour. During this time a fluid is injected and then samples of fluids are taken to be analyzed.
It is not a pleasant procedure. As you can expect, I had a very sore throat and tender throat for quite a few days afterwards. I also have had some pain that has kept me uncomfortable. Thankfully, I did recover without any real side effects, and it appears that the findings bring good news. There was scarring in the pancreas. There is a pancreatic cyst in the pancreas. I was diagnosed with chronic mild pancreatitis. I will be followed by having an MRI of the pancreas and surrounding organs yearly.
It is a mystery to me why I developed this problem. I am not and never have been a drinker of alcohol. I am not a smoker. There is not a family history of such problems. I blame the heart medications I have been on. For now, I watch my diet carefully and avoid fats and other things that might trigger an attack. I will baby my pancreas and avoid unnecessary medications. I have never liked a pill being thrown at me to fix a problem in the body, and I guess I will be even more adamant about insisting that any medication I take is absolutely necessary. When I do have pain, I will definitely take a medication I have for that called hyoscyamine. I will also get blood work done to check on my lipase levels.
I realize that I have a condition that must be monitored, but I don't have cancer so for that I am extremely thankful. I am also very thankful to have a wonderful team of doctors and nurses at National Jewish Hospital, University of Colorado Hospital, and here in Colorado Springs at the Gastroenterology of Colorado Springs who have spent so much time with me in person and by checking with me by phone. I cannot tell you how wonderful it has been to have their support and concern. They have answered every question I have asked with great wisdom and have patient in listening to me when I talk. At times, I would just as soon dismiss the symptoms, but I know that they won't allow this and have instructed me to get blood work done or go to the ER when they felt I really did need to be checked out. Hopefully, things completely settle down soon in my digestive track and I can get on with the business of living.