Ph Bravo monitoring

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   Posted 7/14/2011 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
 Due to repeated episodes of choking, nausea, chest discomfort and feelings of something being stuck I had a gastroscopy in April with biopsies showing inflamation of the oesophagus due to acid ( I think). The barium swallow also showed oesophageal dysmotility.
To establish if the choking and dysmotility is due to acid or other reasons, I had a 48hr BRAVO oesophageal ph monitor inserted yesterday, which is really uncomfortable. 
I am a bit confused re the readings on the monitor though.  When I eat the readings go up over 8 sometimes nearly 9 with accompanying extreme discomfort, and other unpleasant symptoms. Occasionally it shoots down to 3 especially when I drink apple juice, or just out of the blue.  However,  it mostly  rises to a higher pH number not low as you would expect in acid reflux. 
Any idea idea

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   Posted 7/14/2011 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine did the same thing. I couldn't understand it. When he read the results he said I had a lot of reflux.
My thinking is the higher the number the more acid?

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   Posted 7/14/2011 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
The higher numbers are alkali from your small intestine. Maybe the bottom valve in the stomach is not working. If you have ACID reflux the readings should have been 1 or 2, no more than 3 or 4 at the very highest. Mine were as low as 0. Very high readings don't mean no reflux, just that you are refluxing intestinal contents, or that the meter has dropped off the esophagus and is in the intestine.

My LES was stuck wide open because my stomach was in my chest. My meter dropped off at about 24 hours.
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