I feel like my body is falling apart, but I don't know what is serious and what is not.
I've been suffering with severe GERD for a couple of months so I went to the ER and got a CT scan. The CT scan found a hiatal hernia. Same scan found 2 small AVM lesions on my right lung, as well as athritis in my lower back. Next, I had a endoscopy which found "gastritis" and "esophagaetis (sic)" and a "prominent thyroid." I had a colonoscopy at the same time that found "spastic colon" and one polyp. I assume they removed the polyp and did a biopsy, but I don't expect colon cancer (even though my dad died of that.) I am 50 yo and the only major illness I have had in the past is severe asthma.
#1) Can anyone tell me about this "prominent thyroid?" Do I need some kind of screen or test for that?
#2) Next, the only treatment I am on for GERD/hernia is Protonix and Zantac. I've been taking them daily for a couple of weeks and still suffering. Strangely, when I had the endoscopy on Friday, it seem to get things moving so that I could expel some of the gas. I felt better for the next couple of days, but it's creeping back.