Manometry done...Ph test fail?

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zeldagoblin
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   Posted 9/28/2010 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry this is a repeat but I put this at the end of my old post, and I don't think its been read...

Ok so I got through the manometry. Here's how it went.

I got in there and they wouldn't let my husband come in, which unnerved me to start with. They asked if I had any questions so I mentioned my horrible time with my laryngoscopy, and they reassured me that gel would be given. I forewarned them that I have a very strong gag, and they made light of it. Well, that was until they started the test hehehe! After the tech's 5th attempt the Doc said..."You're right, you DO have a bad gag!" Well we got past it by me constantly sipping water, the only problem being that I had to stop to breathe! Also, I do believe that there is something odd about my right nostril. She went in through my left, and it was very quick, and not painful at all.

So after the tube was done moving I stopped needing to gag. They reclined me slightly and she moved the thing every so often while I had to take some sharp inward breaths. Then she had me swallow water then wait ten seconds. This wwas repeated a few times, and finally it was done. The gag returned when the instrument was near the top of my oesophagus.

Well, next she had to insert the wire for the PH monitor. She went in through the right nostril, and there was the pain I remembered. Also, it took a lot longer for the thing to get out of my nose and into my throat. That is the wrong nostril for me, let me tell you! It is very uncomfy to wear, and when I talk I want to gag. Worst of it is, I am not refluxing. This thing will probs not read anything!

Thanks to everyone for being so supportive. It wasn't easy, but I managed better than I thought I would.

Now I have the PH thing in, second day and still no reflux, no burping, no ear pain, NOTHING! I am upset and feel like crying, I feel like this was a waste of time and stress. I am also worried that they will now discharge me since there will be no data to go by.

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   Posted 9/28/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Please do not feel discouraged and remember that data is being gathered so the test is a good thing.  The test  provides information so hang in there and do not over think what is going on. 
 
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mitsie
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   Posted 9/28/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
 
My ph test didnt register any acid.    I dont know why.    I still have reflux, but it showed no acid.   The Dr asked me if I was off my pills.    I quit taking them 10 days before the test, but I was taking Zantac, which they do state they reduce acid, so I dont know what happened.
 
I have trouble with ear pain also, my tongue and nose burn.   Its more like having a menthol feeling.
 
I am still having my Wrap done.   It is scheduled for Oct. 20,   I am really getting nervous about this.   Trying to stay positive.
 
Neither of those 2 tests are pleasant.  Did you have a Barium swallow?
 
   I had trouble with the PH wire.   Food kept getting caught so I wasnt able to eat.    The nurses did tell me to eat things, like sauce and drink coffee, things that I havent been able to eat.
 
Good luck with your tests.    Hope you feel well soon.

zeldagoblin
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   Posted 9/28/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
You are so kind, thank youi both

I went to get the results today. The PH came back normal, but the tech nurse said that wasn't unusual. The manometry, however, showed an "incredibly weak" LES. (her words) So I will now have to go to my GI with that info and see where we go next. Is it likely he will suggest a wrap for that?

Mitsie, these 2 tests I just had are the latest in a battery of tests, including a barium swallow. I have also had 2 laryngoscopes, an upper GI scope under sedation, and upper GI without sedation. So far the only thing they found was a slight hernia. Today's comment made sense though because my mother also has a weak LES.

I now have a very sore throat and feel kind of unwell, maybe its all the worry.

Thanks again xx

mitsie
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   Posted 9/28/2010 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I previously had the TIF surgery on april 9, and still felt acid.   They did a scope and the dr said when he was doing the scope air came out of my stomach.
 
After that I decided I wasnt messing around I went to Shadyside hospital in Pittsburgh.      I had my Manometry, ph test, scope with Dr Blair Jobe on July 22 this year.
 
I had an appt with Dr Jobe on Sept 14 that is when he said there was no acid, but still reflux and said he would repair my LES valve.
 
He also wanted to make sure that none of the burning and ear problems werent coming from my sinuses so I went to the eye, ear institute in pittsburgh.   They didnt find anything.
 
I would say if you have a weak LES valve they would want to repair the valve but I am not a dr.
 
Sending you best wishes.

couchtater
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   Posted 9/28/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Most likely they will suggest a wrap.
Joy

ZhyKitty
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   Posted 9/29/2010 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
You poor thing! I really empathize with you on the pain you were talking about with your right nostril!!
I thought that the manometry test was excruciatingly painful - but I have severely damaged sinuses.
I'm pretty sure the whole hospital heard me scream when they put the tube in. lol
Nobody told me it would have metal rings on it, so I went in unprepared for what was really going to happen - which was probably good because I'm not sure I would have gone if I'd have known!
I was unable to eat for 2 days because it made me so raw inside - plus the ph wire I went home with, like you said, made it impossible to eat.
Personally, I thought that ph test wasn't as bad because they did the manometry right before the ph - and the ph tube is much smaller....not that either test was any fun.
In fact, I yanked out the ph tube myself the next day as soon as I got to the hospital - I just couldn't wait to get it out of there! lol

So many of the things we have to do getting ready for this surgery are unpleasant (at best), aren't they? *L*

I don't know about you, but I'll be so glad when this is all over with! : )

couchtater
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   Posted 9/29/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
the manometry is the worse of them in my opinion
I had the bravo, so no wires :)
Joy
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