Should I Have The Bravo Test?

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pinch weasel
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   Posted 9/2/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am feeling better since starting Protonix and even haven't been so bad this week off it for the test. This test was suggested by a 3rd GI Dr that i sought another opnion from. Since he wasn't the GI Dr that did my endoscope to begin with he wants to see inside there himself so he figurec that was when he could put the Bravo capsule in. I sought another opinion because I had to tell my original GI Dr what tests to do. The endoscopy showed gastrits and esophagitis. I had tried every PPI to no relief. But then primary Dr put me on Protonix and that has helped somewhat. Am i jumping the gun too quickly? Should i stay on Protonix for a few months and then get Bravo test if feel worse? I am worried about that capsule in my throat. I have Sjogrens to.

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   Posted 9/2/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know much about Sjogrens and complications with BRAVO. but I did have the bravo done.
It doesn't hurt if done properly. As long as they don't grab too much skin there is no pain. I think you should at least see what your levels are. If protonix helps, you can avoid surgery for awhile longer.

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   Posted 9/3/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
The two main symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome are dry eyes and dry mouth.  Are you concerned about the lack of moisture in your mouth and throat ?
I agree with Joy, if you have the test all set up and are off the medication right now I would choose to go for it.  However this is your decision and I support your right to change your mind.  Good Luck.
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pinch weasel
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   Posted 9/3/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
So I didn't have the Bravo test today and I should have. My burning in my throat is most it has been in a while. Maybe being off Protonix for the past week led to this. I didn't have it because I feel more comfortable having it done by the same Dr and in the same place that I had my first endoscopy done. This would have been performed by a GI Dr that I was going to for a second opinion and at a major hospital. I had such a fabulous experience with my first endoscopy that I would have done this today if it was with the same Dr and in same location. I just don't like the hospital setting as I feel there are more sources of infection and more uncontrolled variables. I will ask my first GI Dr to do this procedure within the next two months if possible.

I am not sure if my burning that I feel ALL the time is due to dryness from Sjogren's or from acid reflux. I have a lump sensation in my throat ALL the time too and the combination of the two makes it difficult and painful to talk. I am thinking of seeing an ENT to check out the throat.

Thank you all for your opinions and wealth of knowledge. I will surely need that throughout this experience. You took away my apprehension and eased my concerns about getting the Bravo test. I just don't want another GI going in there when I don't know how good they are whereas I know I had a great experience with one Dr already.

I will be back on Protonix tomorrow and will keep you updated.

Thanks wink

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   Posted 9/4/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
sounds ike lpr, maybe. if you get well on ppi then its acid id guess. i never had bravo had the dual probe and it was horrible, i heard the bravo is easier, but one doc said he did not like the technology and questioned if it was reliable. id listen to the experienced posters on that one. i wish i would have had that
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