What is EoE you may ask, well the official name is Eosinophilic esophagitis and don’t ask me to pronounce it because I can’t. I usually have my sister say it for me and let me just say it sucks! It’s confusing and interferes with life at the worst times. I was diagnosed about six years ago.
May 17-23 is National Eosinophil Awareness Week, so I thought I would tell you a bit about what I have.
My journey started with food getting stuck in my throat. It would cause this painful discomfort as I try to swallow food, it happened from time to time, but I blew it off because it was more discomfort than life threatening. I figured it was just heartburn or something. Well, one day my husband and myself were at this fancy fundraiser having a nice dinner, and I had this sensation that I was choking, but oddly I could still breath. I went to the bathroom and tried to throw up or swallow the piece of steak that was stuck, and it just wouldn’t budge. About after 15 mins (well ok it may have only been 5-10) I was able to toss it up but wow what a way to kill my makeup for the night, my eyes were watering and I was sweating so bad trying to figure out what was going on. So not fun when you are wearing a nice ball gown! So the following Monday I made a doctor appointment, it was with a GP doc, so he quickly turned me over to a GI doc. After an appointment and endoscopy/biopsy they determined I had EoE and GERD… kindly the doc wrote down what I had because even after he said it 2 times I still wasn’t sure what the heck he was saying.
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an allergic inflammatory disease characterized by elevated eosinophils in the esophagus. Basically, your body attacks itself. In my case, my esophagus is forming rings and closing itself.Continue Reading