Problems after endoscopy

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Carly18
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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a endoscopy and a bravo test (48 acid reflux test) two weeks ago. The unit was painful with every swallow, I could feel it. It got less painful everyday until I figured it must have dropped off. After the first two days I started to hear a noise in my throat and a tight lump feeling everytime I swallowed. I went back to the gastro clinci the test, they say they have never hear of this happening before. Has anyone else experienced problems with an Endoscopy? I had another one a few months ago for gerd and that went very well. I am concerned about the noise I am getting, there's no pain just the noise and the tight feeling in my throat which is making me very stressed. I have a doctors appointment this afternoon with the doctor who performed my first endoscopy to see what he suggests or if I am over reacting. cry

dencha
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   Posted 4/17/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carly,
You know best how you feel. I hate when doctors tell you that you can't be experiencing what you're experiencing. I've switched GI docs for that very reason.

Glad you're going to see someone. Hope you get a satisfactory answer!
I never had a bravo test--I did the traditional 24 hr PH monitor.

Good luck!
Denise

Carly18
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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw the second gastro doctor and he said that I should have a pressure test done now to see what the pressure of my throat is. I feel this all totally crazy........I never had a noise or any problems with my throat until I had the bravo test. I don't know if this all coinsidence or what but it seems strange. I think I am going to do a barium swallow and see if something else is going on now. The doctors that I am seeing are supposed to be the best in the state but still they say they have never heard of this happening. I also feel like I have a burp that should come out.......I don't have any problems with burping but just that pressure like it is there.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Carly,
I didn't have any issues after the bravo capsule broke away. I could tell it was there before that though. It probably is a good idea to get the manometry done to make sure you don't have any esophagus problems. It isn't much fun, but will let you know what's going on. I can't say I like the barium swallow mush either, but it is another useful tool they have. Sounds like it might be coincidental. Strange things happen with GERD. Seems everyone has slightly different symptoms. Good luck and I hope your doctor listens to you. It seems hard to find one that will.

Take care,
Bill

Carly18
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   Posted 4/21/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill,
Thanks for your reply.
I had the barium swallow it showed everything to be okay with my throat but the capsule is in my stomach. I had the test 3 weeks ago.........I am thinking it's a little strange that the capsule would still be sitting in my stomach and not passed yet. I got a picture of my stomach showing the capsule, I am taking that to the doctors who performed the bravo test tomorrow and see what's up with that. It's frustrating......it seems like now I am having tests ran because of tests that had been ran and not for the health issues I have.

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   Posted 4/21/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Carly,

I hope you get some clear answers and ideas for treatment from your doctors tomorrow. I also didn't have a very satisfying experience with my GI doc (he insisted I didn't have GERD, but my ENT saw the damage!), but at least I do have correct answers now.

percycat

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Carly18
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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not getting any good answers just confusion. The more I try to investigate my illness the more contridiction I am getting. Yesterday I went to the University of Minnesota and saw a gastro specialist. He is now telling me my symptoms don't fit acid reflux at all. My doctors and the Minnesota Gastro doctors say I have acid reflux. What is going on with our medical care??? Are they just out to give you tests and medicine???? mad

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Carly,
I wish I could answer that. I sometimes think the same as you.

Bill

Carly18
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   Posted 4/27/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Now my swallowing is back to normal. My problems were because the bravo capsule was in my esophagus for 3 weeks. That's why I was hearing noise in my throat. Two specialists at the Minnesota Gastrology clinic couldn't tell me that........and that's what they specialize in. Neither one of them said eat something hard like dry bread to see if that thing had broke off.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/27/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I'm glad things are back to normal. They told me that it would drop away within 3 to 7 days. I didn't like the feeling I had with it for 3 days, I couldn't imagine 3 weeks!

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 4/27/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Could I be so stupid guys? I think I posted a reply to carly on a new topic!! My nerves.as I was saying ,Carly I had the bravo endoscope with no problems.I did try to trick the computer.there were times when I didn't push the button not knowing it picked up every gerd wave I had. My results showed 200 gerd episodes in 48hours. My score was 21. What is your score on the demeester scale.
Bill & Denise,
I never received a barrium.Am I suppose to get 1? I'm askin cuz although I have the best GI,as we see on here having the best sometimes means nothing.
I have had 3 endoscopes for strictures and 1 endo for the bravo.No manometry due to seizures,so does barrium go with this?
Thanks
B

Carly18
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   Posted 4/28/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
The barium swallow is x rays where you drink the barium and the tech sees if there's any problems or narrowing as you swallow and then he will take pictures as you swallow. I had one done because of the swallowing problems I had after the bravo......I didn't know the capsule was still in my throat after 3 weeks. I still had a sensation in my throat but not the pain I first had with eating so I thought the capsule was gone when it actually wasn't. they say it is supposed to drop off after a few days. I have found out the best doctors sometimes means nothing......you have to stand up for yourself when it comes to your body. So I would say no to you having to have a barium swallow test unless for some reason your doctor tells you to have one because of swallowing issues.

beareilly
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   Posted 4/28/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Carly,
I did have swallowing issues which intially brought me to a GI .It was then he started my 1st endo.Then every once in a blue I wud feel sumthing stuck and run 4the kitchen sink.(Drank a gallon of water in my mind to wash it down) Then I had 2 more strictures.He opened me up.Thank god.
Bill,I was wondering how do they do a barrium after the fundoplication if say u can't drink the crappy stuff or since ya stomach is a bit smaller how wud u drink it all?
Denise,
Hope ya well

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/28/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Bea,
I had an NG tube after the surgery and they wouldn't remove it until they knew I could get liquids past the wrap. So I had to drink both the thick and thin barium. I'd say about a cup or cup and a half total maybe. It wasn't bad until he wanted me to lay on my stomach....yeah right! Anyhow, The radiologist said it was quite tight but I could get liquids by it. All I cared about was getting that dang NG tube out. I remember the second night they gave me fish to eat. It seems they screwed up on what I was supposed to have to eat. I tried it anyway....Didn't work out too well though. That was the first bought of dysphagia and the nurse seemed kind of upset that I vomited it up in the floor. :) Well it was stuck and she didn't believe me, so I showed her. Seems that nurse hadn't dealt with this surgery before. I'll know better than to try and eat something like that this time.

Bill
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