motility test and ph test approaching.

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stacey77
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   Posted 1/14/2013 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I go for my motility test and ph test next tuesday. I'm very nervous about both but especially the motility test. I also struggle with anxiety and i'm hoping this doesnt cause a flare up.
 
Can anyone give me words of encouragement or what to expect?
 
also should i stop taking my ppis for these tests in order to get accurate reading, or will it matter?
 
Thanks in advance

dencha
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   Posted 1/14/2013 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stacey,
It's good to hear that you're getting testing.  It will help your doctor (and you!) understand what's going on.  I'm surprised your doctor hasn't provided you with detailed information regarding how to prepare for your PH test. 
 
Mine (and most) expect you to be off PPI's for a full 7 days before the test. You're allowed Ranitidine (Zantac) for longer, so that helps.  The day before test day I think you can use antacids, but test day and until they take out the probe you can't take anything.  Why not call your doctor's office and ask what they want you to do.
 
The motility test is "mind over matter".  I'm certain you'll have a great nurse-coach who will help you through it.  That has always been my experience.  You will do just fine.  Just remember that both these tests are crucial to getting to the bottom of what's going on with you and they're a big positive step toward fixing it all.
 
Here's a video of a woman getting the manometry test.  The woman is very relaxed and in my opinion it isn't scary at all.  Use your judgement as to whether it would be helpful or not for you to watch it.
 
You'll do just fine!
Best wishes,
Denise
 
 
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stacey77
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   Posted 1/14/2013 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
i just watched it. i am still very nervous. I think my gi did tell me about stopping PPIS but i didnt even know i was taking the motility test until today. so i called and left a message asking. hopefully they get back to me. since its seven days..i guess i will stop taking it tomorrow. do you know how many antiacids i can take/.

dencha
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   Posted 1/14/2013 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stacey,
The antacids are unlimited (within reason! tongue ) until the day of the test.  The reason you need the manometry is because that's how they'll measure where to place the probe.  They get measurements from it as well as information about your swallowing reflex.
 
One time I was actually scheduled for a PH test when they called and cancelled and told me I'd need a manometry first.  I was so mad.  They had no measurements, so they couldn't place the probes properly, and that's why they needed the manometry first.
 
Don't worry.  You will do fine, and will be proud of yourself when you're dine.  Listen to the nurse/coach.  Be conscious of your breathing and focus on that.  It will relax you and help you with the procedure. 
 
Good luck,
Denise
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