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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted Yesterday 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Yesterday I had a manometry done.  I had Fundoplication in 1997 due to severe acid causing asthma and coughing, for over 2 years.  Started coughing again in March of this year.  My regular gastro doc did endoscopy and said everything looked fine, but sent me to a GERD specialist, hence the manometry test.
Everything was going fine, they got the tube in with little discomfort, when all of a sudden it stopped moving and started curling up in my esophagus.  Tried both nostrils and same thing happened.  Doc was called in to put in tube and he couldn't get it either, only went partially down my esophagus and then stopped.  They did the test from that point, but don't know results yet. 
I then did the 24 hr ph and impedence test.
I am now having another endoscopy done next week with this specialist and hoping he can figure out what is going on.
Has this ever happened to anyone?
Thanks, Linda

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted Yesterday 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Ouch, I am sorry this happened to you.  I have not had this test but I know many others have so I am sure you will be hearing from someone soon. It sounds wise to me that you are having another scope and meanwhile know I am thinking of you.
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted Yesterday 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't understand how they will find some of the info they need from a half-manometry.

My tube, was tried in both nostrils by tech and doc, 3 times each. Tube kept curling in my trachea - caused horrible coughing, gagging. So doc got a pediatric endoscopy tube, put that down the nose, then put a wire through that, removed the endo tube and threaded the manometry tube over the wire and did the test. Of course all this took hours with only some gel anesthetic for the nose. At least they got the info without which I would have been refused the surgery, and so I put up with it. Without surgery to pull my stomach out of my chest I was at risk of dying.

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Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 36
   Posted Yesterday 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
The same thing happened to me. The tube kinked in my esophagus, and I was choking. The next time we tried it, I was constantly drinking water while the nurse was sliding the tube down my esophagus. Had no problems. The trick is to have a moist esophagus to help slide the tube down.


New Member

Date Joined Jan 2011
Total Posts : 12
   Posted Today 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Alcie, that sounds horrible. The tube was coiling up in my esophagus, just wouldn't go any further. After 4 tries, Doc said no. So we will see what happens. I'm not sure what they found either, waiting on results.

Janice, I was drinking the whole time, and I did not choke at all. It just wouldn't go down where they wanted it without coiling up. So my esophagus was very moist, but Doc thinks something is stopping it.

Hopefully I will find out after my endoscopy what's going on. Thanks for your input.


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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 9/24/2011 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an issue with it coiling up during my last one too. The opening to my stomach was wide open, but wasn't centered. It was actually completely over to one side after the wrap was tore apart from the things that needed done to repair my esophagus. after a couple tries it did finally find the hole and they were able to do the test. It showed what we all knew though. That my LES wasn't closing at all. Hoping this one will last many tears so I don't have to do it again for a long time.

Take care,
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