pH Impedance Test tomorrow

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   Posted 11/27/2011 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if anyone will read this before tomorrow, but I'm having the pH Impedance test tomorrow. I kind of know what to expect because I had the manometry done over the summer. That did NOT go well without sedation. I have a crazy gag reflex and a weak swallow so as soon as that tube hits the back of my throat it's going to be major gag city. :(

How did everyone else cope with this test? How annoying is it to have a tube taped to your face for a day? I'm taking the day off from work, but I do have to go out and brave the public for some appointments. That will be fun. I just love to be stared at! ;P

Anyone want to share their experiences with this particular test?


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   Posted 11/27/2011 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Galbsygirl - this one is much easier than the manometry. You don't quite feel the tube much .. except when you are swallowing. It does appear somewhat scary to other people around you. I've had it done twice and worked from home during those days - just so that I don't have to constantly answer or explain to them what was going on.

If you are sensitive in the throat with the gag reflex, then do let the people in the hospital know. Try to keep your mind away from it and you should be fine.

Good luck.

Post Edited (PPI-LESS) : 11/27/2011 3:17:20 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/27/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with PPI-Less, the PH test is OK, compared with the manometry. I gave them a run for their money with my savage gag reflex too, but the PH monitor went in without too many hassles. I found concentrating on my breathing and a conscious effort to relax my throat helped a lot.

Good luck!!

Liz x

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   Posted 11/27/2011 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! Yeah that manometry tube was TORTURE. I've had some uncomfortable tests (sigmoidoscopy anyone?) but I have never experienced anything as awful as the manometry. They couldn't even start the test because I couldn't stop choking and retching on the thing (even once they got it down). So I had to reschedule and do it under sedation (MUCH better!) I will just do my best to try to relax. It's not always my forte but we'll see!

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   Posted 11/27/2011 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Galsbygirl,
I agree.  You can't compare the PH wire to the manometry probe.  It's much smaller.  That said, if you have a crazy gag reflux, you're not going to like when they place it.  They can actually put you out to do that placement, but they'd probably have to make a special appointment. 
Usually the GI doc's Nurse Practitioner does the placement.  They'll numb your nose up, then thread the wire through your nose into your throat.  That's when you'll feel it.  They'll want you to help by giving a little swallow.  If you have a deviated septum, guide them toward the larger nasal passage.  Breathe, focus on something else in the room, and consciously relax. 
The manometry takes a lot longer, as once they get it down they have you performing swallows.  The PH wire is put in and that's all. 
Like you, I always took the day off so I didn't have to be seen as much in public.  My second graders wouldn't have liked seeing it!  When you're coming and going from a medical facility, people expect to see things like wires coming out of someone's nose!
You will feel it when you swallow, but since it's much, much smaller than the manometry probe, it won't feel like that.
It's only for 24 hours!  You'll be very happy to get it pulled the next day!
Good luck!  You'll do fine.
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