BRAVO or Nose PH?

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BrokenThroat
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   Posted 8/5/2013 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI doctor recommended that I do the BRAVO PH test to see if I have acid reflux going on (I seem to have lots of LPR type symptoms, see my other long post for details).

After reading up on the BRAVO I'm kind of hesitant to do it as I am already anxious about feeling like stuff is in my throat... I know I will be really anxious when something really is in my throat and stays there for several days even after the testing is done. To me it seems like the regular "through the nose" 24 hour testing is better because when the test is over you know the thing is removed right away.

Any thoughts on this? Is there really any benefit to the BRAVO? I don't mind having a thing stuck to my face for 24 hours if it means I don't have to have something clipped to my throat for 10 days...

lobstahguy
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   Posted 8/5/2013 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Dont do the Bravo probe. Its not in your throat its down lower and its not a good test for LPR according to my ENT. It screwed me up im certain of it. It was very painful and actually caused me to have irritable larynx syndrom in my doctors opinion. I never had throat problems until i had this test done and it has ruined my life. Thats my opinion.

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   Posted 8/5/2013 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
BrokenThroat

Welcome to Healing Well.

I have had both done and while the wired probe is uncomfortable, you are right that once they remove it all is good. My surgeons and GIs have told me they think the wired probe is a better choice for accuracy since they usually do a manometry 1st and know exactly where the LES is from pressure reading and can place the wire exactly where it needs to be. It has to be so many inches above the LES and the manometry and wired probe have inch markings on it.

Take care,
Bill
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lobstahguy
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   Posted 8/6/2013 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
When i tried to do the 24 hour ph empendence study, the first tube they tried to get thru my nose was to measure where the LES was, but it was too big to go thru my nose. The nurse tried 4 times and it finally broke thru and there was alot of blood and alot of pain when it hit the back of my throat. I got very woozy so they stopped the test, but i need to try again so i can rule out LPR.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 8/6/2013 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Here in the UK I was told the Bravo doesn't give reliable data - they prefer the old fashioned methods for most things! You could ask them to try the manometry with a paediatric tube?

MMM

lobstahguy
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   Posted 8/6/2013 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Mudmagnetum, was your post to me or brokenthroat?
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