Day 1 without PPIs for Bravo Test. How did you cope?

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   Posted 2/4/2013 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 7 days out from my first PH and Manometry test and I have been off PPIs for about 24hours now. And I'm suffering! I'm taking Zantac 150mg twice a day in its place, but it's not working all that well.

Anyone have any suggestions for how to get through the next 7 days? How did you deal with being off PPIs for so long?

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   Posted 2/4/2013 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi speedy.

I had to prep for the pH test twice. First time was only a week off PPIs. I was allowed Zantac until 3 days before test, Tums until 24 hours before test. The second time I had to be off PPIs for 10 days! Since I had a paraesophageal hiatal hernia - stomach in chest - my LES valve was wide open all the time.

You might try adding Tums to the Zantac. I was in agony all the time, but we can't cheat or the results will not get us the help we need. To get a little sleep you might try a little melatonin.

During the pH test you can't have any antacid at all. I couldn't eat or drink anything, couldn't swallow, but most people don't even feel it. Take some Zantac and Tums along when you turn in the meter after the 2 days are over.

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   Posted 2/5/2013 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi speedygerd,its sure is tough goin being off ppis when youve got reflux,i just ate 3 small meals a day and took gaviscon after those meals,nothing whatsoever inbetween.Hard work but its worth it to get tested properly. Good luck! Barry

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   Posted 2/5/2013 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I took Tums and Pepto. I made sure not to eat anything that would trigger the heartburn more. I ate a lot of white pudding cups and took shots of Aloe Vera juice... the aloe vera really did help! Good luck!
GERD - LINX January 15, 2013

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   Posted 2/5/2013 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi speedygerd,
Prior to my 24 hour Ph/Manometry testing off PPI's, I was only allowed Tums or Rolaids.
I needed to be off PPI's for two whole weeks. On the morning of the test, nothing but water.
I take other medicines and these were permitted, since they were not gastric related.
It's tough. I basically didn't speak, move around very much and/or bend over.
Gastric rebound lasted for about 5 days which made me miserable.
Had to watch my diet very carefully, as to not trigger more relfux.
The test is very important and you need to perform the above for real accuracy.
No question that it was rather hard, to say the least!
Hope this helps. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  :-)  

Post Edited (Gastricman) : 2/5/2013 1:03:55 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/5/2013 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
In a study of PPI rebound with people without GERD, rebound lasted at least 4 weeks for most people, and up to 8 weeks for some people. When they give you these tests, how do they know they aren't just measuring rebound?

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   Posted 2/5/2013 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sunbeam48,
That is a very interesting question! Thankfully, not my experience.
Do you have an internet link to this study?
If not, could you please list the author, publication and date? Peer-reviewed is highly desirable.
Many thanks,

Pat Tall
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   Posted 2/5/2013 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
This might help regarding duration of rebound.

Good question Sunbeam !
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