Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Hero - HyoMax

So I have this stomach problem. It's not an all-the-time problem, but when it's going on it's really no fun at all.

It makes me feel nauseous when I'm really hungry, makes me feel nauseous when I eat, and occasionally makes me regurgitate my food. When it gets extra bad, it makes me feel like my chest and throat are in a vice.

I've had this problem off and on for a good long while now, but lately it's gotten super bad. After some devoted praying at the porcelain altar, I decided to finally see a doctor about it. And you know what? It turns out that I'm not supposed to feel this way!

After discussing my symptoms, we narrowed down the potential culprits to a herniated esophagus, GERD, or IBS (or some combo). She gave me a couple of prescriptions and an appointment with a GI specialist to have a camera stuck down my throat to take some pretty pictures of my insides for a definitive diagnosis. That will happen later this month.

Back to those prescriptions.

So, I am taking HyoMax - a drug for IBS that is supposed to stop my GI organs from spazzing out all the time. It's like a tummy muscle relaxant, and holy crap does it feel strange to me. You know how sometimes when you wear something super tight and you walk around with your gut sucked in all day long - then you get home and put on you PJ's and let everything relax? That relaxed feeling after a day of sucking it in - THAT is what this feels like.

Like I can finally breathe. Like I've been sucking it in my entire life, and now I finally get to relax.

It's strange though. It makes me wonder if this is what everyone else with normal insides feels all the time. If so, no wonder people like eating!

Now, this hasn't exactly fixed all my issues. I'm still having crazy weird chest/throat tightness that is borderline painful (think like when you are running and get side-stitches, only in the center of your sternum and up through your throat). Also, while the relaxed tummy IS super awesome, it also makes me feel like I've got no abs and my stomach is just hanging out all over the place... disconcerting to say the least.

So, here's to hoping the GI guy has something definitive to say...


  1. Yikes, lady! And please do not worry, you have a beautiful, svelt little figure, there's no way that you could possibly look like your "stomach is hanging out all over the place." The whole tight throat/chest thing sounds horrible! I hope the GI Docs can figure out what's up asap. Miss you!

  2. Oh my, I hope he figures it out! Hooray for you feeling "relaxed," and I'm totally with Alison - there's no way your stomach actually LOOKS bad. Hopefully you'll get used to the relaxed feeling and not worry about it anymore :)

  3. I actually had to stop taking the HyoMax. I had two of the 'severe' side effects. So, no more squishy tummy feelings for me. Gonna see if they can't get me in a little sooner since I'm still throwing up.