Thanks for your quick response. I must say, I was more prepared to be told not to worry so much, than this... but I'm glad now that I asked.
I drink about one serving of wine or beer a month, and I don't smoke. I've been more careless lately in my eating, but not much fried food -- more like too much processed instead of homemade food, too much pasta and bread.... I've never in my life had acid reflux or digestive troubles.... I do have both Pepcid and Prilosec in the house, as they've been prescribed for my cat! So I can try them, and will.
Unfortunately, I don't have a doctor right now, nor health insurance. Sadly, I live in the backwards country of USA, and to see a doctor would send me into bankruptcy. I know that's a terrible reason not to go in, but reality is what it is... Can you tell me if something in particular in my story was alarming, so I can at least closely monitor myself?
I will try the meds you suggest, and the dietary adjustments, and will start checking around the area for low-cost clinics, and the like. Thank you so much for your help. I won't keep pestering you with questions, and intend to rate your help as excellent.
Hi Dr. Jyoti,
Thanks for your follow up. I have not gone to see a doctor, but I haven't had any hint of the strange symptoms I wrote you about, either. I've mostly just been paying better attention to my diet -- I thought your idea of an electrolyte imbalance was a possibility, as I'd been eating particularly carelessly.
There's another hypothesis I had, too -- perhaps you'd comment on it. On that first night of my illness, my entire dinner came from a friend's garden. There are a few things I've learned about the garden since then that make me wonder if I suffered from some sort of poisoning. One thing is that the property is having some massive sewage issue (I don't know more), and I wonder if it's possible the veggies got contaminated. The other thing I learned is that some very intense pesticides - ones that are not necessarily approved for food crops - may have been used on an adjacent, non-food crop. And yes, of course I wash my vegetables before eating them (in this case, I ate them raw, after marinating them in vinegar and herbs), but maybe I'm less diligent in washing things I pick myself from someone's garden, versus veggies I buy at the grocery store.
Thanks again for your concern -- I will come back to you if I have any other medical questions.