Post Edited (bittersweet603) : 5/3/2006 3:49:35 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited By Moderator (~Jennifer~) : 5/8/2006 10:10:06 AM (GMT-6)
Thanks for all the good tips. I have been offered two jobs now and should be flying high to have two places "fighting" over me!!But...all I can think is "what if the gerd flares up too often and I can't work and have to quit...etc...". I just ate 1/2 ice cream sandwich (all vanilla) and 10 minutes later I am having heartburn. I remember just 2 years ago I could eat ANYTHING and have no effects. I had no health problems at all. I will try not to whine about it. I plan to try the ginger. I have been told a lot about it at my local health food store. Thanks again.
Post Edited (bittersweet603) : 5/10/2006 8:23:50 AM (GMT-6)
You just had an endoscopy to insert the Bravo in your esophagus. They put a tube down your throat to insert the Bravo and this causes a slight soar throat and throat clearing for a couple of days.
You may feel a slight twinge or hangup when food passes the Bravo capsule for a few days. AFter the initial 2 days, I didn't really feel anything other than heartburn. It's a piece of cake compared to the manometry test.
Your PH is measured abnormal when it is below 4 a significant percentage of the time. Anything below 4 is very acidic by the Demeester scale that they use. They also measure how long your PH is below 4, i.e., how many minutes you are refluxing then they arrive at a percentage of the time you are refluxing. Your GI will explain all the particulars to you when you get your results. Remember to ask him how significant your score is on a scale of 1 thru 10 in laymens terms, 10 being the worst. All these results are confusing because the numbers won't mean very much to you. So get him to explain the results so you can understand it.
My GI said my score was remarkably positive for acid reflux. I had a score of 21.6 on day one and 25.6 on day 2, the norm being 14.72. So I did have a positive test for acid reflux. Then I ask a surgeon if this was really high and he said not so high. He had seen some people's score of 100. But then he said that if I was in a room of 500 people with acid reflux, I would probably be the worst. He was trying to give me a visual I could understand.
Hope this helped a little...best to you.
Successful diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), its effect on esophageal symptoms, and the choice of subsequent clinical management are dependent on the sensitivity and accuracy of systems used to detect reflux. Recent advances in technology often circumvent the limitations of still widely used catheter-based pH systems, which monitor esophageal acid exposure up to 24 hours. The wireless Bravo pH system improves acid reflux detection by extending the pH-monitoring period to better capture day-to-day variations and improve acid reflux-symptom association. Multichannel intraluminal impedance combined with pH monitoring shifts the paradigm of GERD diagnosis further by detecting events other than acidic and isolating swallow-related drops in pH.
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Kitt...I know you're not a health professional but you sure know the right lingo. It's good to know that you are there and can answer the questions very smartly.
Take care, silly
Hey thanks for the compliment, I am a nurse but I am also just like all of you, a person with GERD. I just happen to have a very good friend who is a GI and she is a good resource for me too. So I will, on occasion, run something past her to make sure I understand correctly before I post.
In know way am I a professional on the boards. Gentle Hugs,Kitt
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