I had my Bravo test earlier this month. I go back to my GI doc later today for the follow up consult.
I had an endoscopy last October that revealed hiatal hernia, gastritis, and esophagitis (biopsy was negative for barretts). I was already on Dexilant, but they also added Azithromycin. After several months of that, I was still having symptoms and unable to tolerate the antibiotic. It was making me sick to my stomach constantly.
I had a barium swallow which gave them cause to believe I had polyps, so they ordered the second endo and the Bravo. The second endo still showed esophagitis and gastritis, and they took three biopsies.
The first day was really uncomfortable. Eating was painful. Even while on PPIs during the test, I was regularly logging recordings in the 1.8-3.5 range with bouts of regurgitation, many times throughout the day. I ran out of room on the single page diary sheet around dinner time on the first day. Waking up in the morning, the monitor readings were consistently around 2, even with the head of my bed raised.
Days 2-4 with the Bravo weren't too bad. I could still feel it, about 2-3 seconds after I swallowed. It was a twinging pain, but not too bad. However, I think around day 5 it got knocked a little bit loose, and was a real pain to deal with after that. It took about 3 more days for it to actually fall off, and I was very relieved! It didn't bother me too much when I wasn't actively eating or drinking, though.
Not sure what to expect really, but I'm preparing myself to hear that surgery is the only option left. We discussed it after my first endo, but my GI doc really didn't think it was a good idea unless it was a last resort. I'm pretty much fed up so I think it may be time to start down that road.
Hiatal Hernia, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Dysautonomia