Manometry/24h pH monitoring in two days time but reflux disappeared - is it still worth doing?

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Rod61
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   Posted 3/4/2014 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

During the second half of last year I developed nocturnal (what I think was non-acidic) reflux and at one point was quite desperate about it, posting a couple of times to this forum. However, since December, while waiting for the various specialist appointments I managed to get the reflux under control. I strongly suspect that raising the bed 7 and a half inches has had the most to do with it, but I have also been taking Zantac and Rabeprazole and have changed my diet to avoid certain foods (peppers, tomatoes, etc.).

On Thursday I finally get to take a manometry/24 pH monitoring test arranged and so last Thursday stopped taking the Zantac and Rabeprazole as instructed. I fully expected the reflux to come back, but it hasn't. In fact, to my complete surprise I have suffered no consequences at all from stopping taking this medication. As the specialist specifically instructed me not to lower the head of the bed especially for the test (I don't know why), I go into the test fully expecting that there will be no reflux to measure, and it seems to me to be a bit of an ordeal to go through should this be the case.

Ideally I'd like a postponement of the manometry/24h monitoring, so I can 'test' my apparent recovery now that I know the medication made no difference through gradually lowering the bed over a period and being more adventurous with my diet.

What do those of you who have been down this route think? Is it worth taking this particular test when there are no apparent signs of reflux any more? Can reflux be detected by this test which I'm not aware of?

I should perhaps add that I do have non-dysplastic Barrett's, but don't have any throat or lung problems that could be associated with LPR.

Rod
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