HEALTH-challenged as I am, I have gone through a lot of diagnostic procedures in the past in order to detect or discover new conditions or to check on the status of the current ones.
One such procedure is Endoscopy, which I thought of featuring, starting initially under a new blog Category I am naming Diagnostics 101. I went through it today, July 30, 2017, as ordered by a doctor who saw me when I got admitted at the Casualty of Amiri Hospital for observation. I complained then of epigastric pain, abdominal distention, nausea and passing on and off of tarry stools. It was also ordered to find out if my gastritis and hiatal hernia are still around.
Endoscopy is a procedure making use of a tiny scope, with a camera and light at the end, which is inserted through the mouth and passes the throat in order to visualize the upper gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract): esophagus, stomach and duodenum.
The procedure went uneventfully and I woke up at the Recovery Room just after an hour. The last thing I knew, after the anesthesia was injected intravenously, was the doctor holding a long curved tube as he readied it for insertion into my mouth which was fixed with a plastic device with a round opening at the center.
Findings, via a report which was handed to me by the nurse as soon as I woke up, showed a new condition: GERD Grade 1, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. My gastritis is already mild. The hiatal hernia, which was visualized in the two previous Endoscopy procedures, is now gone! I felt relieved and satisfied I refused initially the surgery to correct the hernia. The hernia got resolved on its own, Al Hamdullilah!
CT scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis is the next procedure which I will go through, on August 13, 2017, for follow up of my cancer. A CT scan of my sinuses, gone through last June 14, 2017, was the previous procedure before the Endoscopy today. It got discovered that I have chronic sinusitis, another condition added to my collection of diseases.
The past procedures I have gone through will be featured one by one, including the new ones and all will be under Category Diagnostics 101.