I'd like a bit of info from both of you, if you have the time.
I am a GERD neophyte, and have all my symptoms under control at this point, but the next step (if I have a relapse) is diagnostic testing. I have had the blood tests and basic tests, but if my reflux comes back I want to hit it where it hurts.
Chris, you said your stomach was entering your chest cavity. Is this hiatal hernia? If so, do you know what tests are good to identify this? Barium swallow?
And why is the manometry test so painful? This is the one test that I really want done because it explicitly reveals whether the LES is the main problem. But you two are scaring me!
Any info you can provide will be appreciated,
I surely did not mean to scare you at all, I'm sorry.
Yes a hiatal hernia is when parts of your stomach enter the chest cavity, these are two of the tests I had done....
The manometry test is very uncomfortable, they had me lying down, then they inserted the thin tube through my nose and down my throat, but as they raise and lower this tube several times you are sipping water through a straw....the uncomfortable part is getting the tube past your gag reflex.
This test took about 30-45 minutes.
Agian, I'm sorry for making you nervous, but this is 1 test I don't want to repeat.
If you have any other questions, I'll be happy to answer them.
funeral6703, did the doctor say that losing 40 pounds was the reason why you got the GERD?? Because I lost so much weight and I think that that's why I have such severe GERD. But they don't want to give me surgery since I burp all the time from this GERD and they think that this would make me miserable after the surgery (being unable to burp)...
I'm wondering if I should have a second opinion because I am not working and the manometry and PH testing showed that I have such an awful case of GERD. So I'm not sure why they don't want to give me the surgery if people here are writing that they CAN burp after the surgery!
Sillylilly, I had the surgery done in 2005 and I have had no problems with constipation at all. I did have an extreme amount of trouble with diarrhea for about six weeks after the surgery. We are all different in the way we recover.
anotherday, how is it that they determined that you need the surgery?? I have reflux that is so terrible that my teeth are even having major problems from it. They say that mine is the worst ever. Yet they say that I am not a candidate for surgery since I burp so much.
sillylilly, did they say that you could have the surgery??