After suffering major anxiety over the manometry study, I finally had it this morning. I wanted to share the experience
openly and honestly for those who may be stressed out over it. I had it done at Methodist hospital in Houston. The first thing they do is numb one of your nostrils with a gel on a long q-tip -- it burns a little but not so bad. Then they spray the throat with numbing medication. This tastes awful but is not uncomfortable. After a couple of minutes your entire mouth feels numb and swollen although there really is no swelling. You take a couple of small sips of water to make sure you actually can swallow. Feels very weird but not painful. Then they insert a long thin tube into the numbed nostril while you take small sips of water to help the tube along your esophagus and into the stomach. This was the worst part -- not really painful but definitely uncomfortable. I gagged a little, my eyes and nose ran profusely (dont be embarassed, the nurse has seen it before). Once the tube is in place they have you sip a teaspoon of water every thirty seconds (the nurse gives it to you thru a plastic syringe) while they record the info on a computer. You are sitting on the table alert
during the entire procedure. This goes on for about
20 minutes and then it's over. So, was it painful? No. Uncomfortable? Defintely. I left the hospital and went straight to work with no ill effects. Ladies, do not wear mascara or eyeliner when you have this done because it will run. Results should take about
ten days then Doc and I will decide how to proceed surgically.
BTW, I have a hiatal hernia and have been diagnosed with esophagitis. Have suffered chronic heartburn for nearly four years and am allergic to all of the proton pump inhibitors.