Bill -- I bet I had the "new" tube you described, it did seem pretty wide and stiff, and when I say it got stuck in my sinuses maybe that was the same problem you had where you say it couldn't "turn the corner." But once they finally got it in, it kept folding up in my esophagus (so maybe it wasn't that stiff after all?) so they gave up since we'd already been fighting it for 45-60 minutes and I was trembling, nose bleeding, etc... not fun, but I kind of wish they would have just tried again that day so I could have got some results! (Actually, they didn't even ask me if I wanted to keep trying, they just gave up on me!)
Gah... we'll just see what my doctor says, I won't mention getting a second one unless he brings up the possibility of surgery ;) I kind of want to get my sinuses x-rayed some day though, the nurses seemed surprised when they couldn't get the tube in! I already get sinus headaches from allergies, maybe I have more sinus problems than I realized!
Diagnoses: GERD, small hiatal hernia, anxiety, allergies
Medications: Nexium (GERD), Lexapro (anxiety), Singulair (allergies), Tazorac (acne)
Note: I suspect my GERD was caused by taking antibiotics for acne. Please be careful about taking antibiotics when not necessary!