So, last friday I had a few hundred mcgs of Fentanyl (Among other things) dumped into my body and a camera shoved down my throat. While I was starting to go under, the doctor (late 30's female) said something about 'This next medication will relax your jaw and throat for better access' and my half-tranquilized ass replied 'I bet you say that to all the boys.' and one of the technicians had to excuse herself from the room because she was laughing so hard.
Evidently my stomach produces like, way too much acid, and my esophagus and upper small intestine have some scarring as a result, which explains why I've had issues swallowing. The most common treatment for this is a proton pump inhibitor, which limits the stomachs ability to produce acid. I've been on a PPI before and really disliked the side effects, so when I go in for my next GI consult I'm going to ask what my non-pharmaceutical options are for acid control. My online research is really conflicting. Some people advocate a lot of pro-biotics and pro-biotic foods, some people advocate for avoiding them.
I think I'm going to try a Very Low Carb diet for a while, see if that does anything. There's a lot of anecdata that reduced/low/no-carb diets have a lot of therapeutic effects for several gastrointestinal disorders, and can even reduce a diabetics dependence on insulin.
Saturday is my first performance of the Missa Solemnis with the Ann Arbor Symphony. It's a challenging piece that continues to teach me more about my strengths and weaknesses as a singer/chorister. First joint rehearsal tonight, and then in a few weeks we take it on the road to perform with the Toledo Symphony.