My appointment with ent

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   Posted 9/14/2013 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Seen an ent Thursday, my complaints were shortness of breath , bloating , constant burping , difficulty swallowing , tighness in neck, ear pain and unable to pop them, and burning throat with a bitter taste. I also asked him if I could possibly have lpr along from my hiatus and stage 3 gerd dx from my gastro. 1st he said no I have gerd then he said I didn't have any ear problems couldn't explain why the distorted hearing and presure was,then he scoped me and said my sinuses were inflamed and my eustation tubes were? He said my hiatus wouldn't cause my shortness of breath or bloating and ear pain. Just lectured me on smoking causing all this. Then he said he would recommend to my gastro for a manometry test, I then asked him how the Test is performed, he said I would have a baloon in my throat for 48 hrs to test for presure and ph, I told him that I was having the bravo capsule to test my ph and I Thougt that was the ph test he said I mistaken on these tests, I thought the manamotry test was done in a matter of minutes, and you don't swallow a baloon for 48hrs . Can someone clarify this for me and does any body else have shortness of breath with gerd and hiatal hernia thanks

Post Edited (Terlin) : 9/14/2013 8:25:38 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/15/2013 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
First off, Dump that doctor!
He sounds like he don't know the basic testing!

Manometry is done within 30 minutes (depending on how compilent you are) and measures only the pressure and reflexes of the esophagus. It is a special tube with a small bulb and sensors on it.

The Bravo is a tiny computer capsule pinned to the esophagus that measures your ph and nothing else for 24 hours. You wear a special receiver on your hip during the test. You return the receiver to the doctor at the end of the 24 hours and the capsule falls off after a few days.

The 24 hour wire is done by inserting a small thin wire with a sensor on the end through your nose and down to your esophagus. It is removed after the testing is done.
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   Posted 9/15/2013 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Testing confirmed that gerd and a very large hiatal hernia was causing my shortness of breath and in particular - asthma. (I was aspirating acid). It also confirmed gerd was related to my chronic sinus inflammation.

The test that truly confirmed this was a bronchoscopy, done by a pulmonologist. But, for 2 years my ENT has suggested my sinus problems are caused by gerd. He performed sinus endoscopy on me several times over the past couple of years and could see the redness and swelling of my larynx, so knew gerd was present.

I had been taking rx ppi's and other acid reducers before they came on the market for 35 years. My symptoms being treated were stomach aches (ulcer like) and nausea. I never had heartburn (except during pregnancies).

As others suggested, you need another opinion. I'm sorry it took so many years for me to get a proper diagnosis. Unfortunately, we must advocate for ourselves. The internet is sure a great tool.

Post Edited (lajenner) : 9/15/2013 10:05:12 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/15/2013 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Just stick with what your GI wants to do, you will be better off.

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   Posted 9/15/2013 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your answers I thought the ent was wrong, does anyone else feel a presure pushing up the thoat and head probably my sinus and ears? And does smoking and beer really make things worse? These docs won't explain my shortness of breath and bloating and bowel problem they say a hernia dosnt produce symptoms, my stage 3 gerd actually dosnt really hurt sometime a burning symptom along with shortness of breath but beer I guess numbs things still at times feel short of breath.
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