Here’s the deal. I’ve noticed a tight feeling in my throat for a couple weeks now. I couldn’t actually pinpoint when it started; it’s been more intense on some days. But recently, the feeling has been more intense, more consistent. I’ve been trying to figure out the cause but it was a guessing game until now.
I woke up and noticed that my throat felt normal. It was clearly different from what I’ve been feeling. When the kids were taking their medications, I began to wonder if my ACE inhibitorcould be the cause. I wondered and then dismissed the idea because I’ve been on this medicaiton for a while. Sure, I’ve gone up on the dose recently, but the timing of the increased dose did not coincide with the throat issue. I took my pill, along with my allergy pill. Soon after, we were out the door.
It was about 30 minutes later that I noticed the urge to have something hot to drink. I had not made my latte at home so I would have to pay for a latte if I stopped. I didn’t care. By the time I had my drink in hand I was well into my throat clearing habit. By the time I hit the freeway, I was coughing. It was pretty obvious – the ACE inhibitor is not agreeing with me.
All day I wondered why the symptoms would start now. I tried to convince myself that going outside started up my seasonal allergies. But, even indoors, the feeling continued. By lunch, I felt miserable enough to skip my run. Then I had a realization.
Before now, I wasn’t aware of the tightening in my throat because, until I missed a dose over the weekend, I used to take my medication as night. A-ha!
It is basic – the ABC’s start with “A.” Airway – Breathing – Circulation. Without securing an open airway, none of the subsequent steps can occur.
The only running that I did was running to the pharmacy to pick up a different type of blood pressure medication. I hope that my body will adjust to this one okay and that I’ll be breathing easy once more.