Friday, July 3, 2009

The Anti-spazmatics Are Working

I know it's been a while since I've updated my blog. Call it the sun, call it my job, call it a cow on the road, but I just haven't done it for no particular reason at all and I'm sorry . . .

I can say that the pains have all but been controlled by a little sub-lingual pill (a pill that dissolves under my tongue). My doctor took my case before several 'congresses' across the country and Europe. They all recommended that he attempt one more endoscopy to try and open up my pancreatic duct. However, he asked me if I would be willing to try this 'one thing' first. He wanted to rule out smooth muscle spasms. I'll be honest, I don't like the pain, but I know that it's not going to kill me to be uncomfortable for a few more weeks. At this point it's been almost eight months. What's a few more weeks? Plus, I wouldn't have to miss more work, so what the heck -- I'm game!

My only concern was the term "smooth muscle relaxer." So I asked him, (and I quote) "Is it going to make me poop myself?"
Now, I've never seen this man crack a smile, I've always confused him too much, but you would have thought I was tickling his ribs.
He responded, "Umm, do you poop yourself now?"
My HONEST answer, "No."
He responded, "Then this shouldn't do that either. It's a smooth muscle relaxer not a sphincter relaxer!"

Well, I have to admit, it's my little miracle pill. When I take it now, within 2-minutes, the pain is gone! There is a more "permanent" solution: botox injections into my pancreas once a year. Although this seems like a viable solution, I'm going to discuss staying with the less invasive sub-lingual pill. I feel it may be a more prudent option since we don't really know why my pancreas is doing this.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you found a miracle pill! That's amazing....What's the theory behind the smooth muscle spasms??