Bravo test during endoscopy

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capistrano
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   Posted 8/25/2006 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor (who is a top GI doc at a major teaching hospital) has recommended that I have the Bravo test while undergoing an endoscopy (where a capsule with a camera is attached to my esophagus for 2 days).  Has anyone had this procedure and, if so, do you recommend it?

Joan M
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   Posted 8/29/2006 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
That makes two of us. I have had the endoscopy but not this. It really is a good idea to do this while you are having the scope. This tests the acid level of your esphagus (don't know how to spell it).

capistrano
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   Posted 8/29/2006 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I will go ahead and have the Bravo. The hospital is so backed up that I don't have a date for the endoscopy/Bravo yet. I am having abdominal cat scan and colonoscopy later this month.
This doctor is nothing if not thorough!!

Joan M
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   Posted 8/30/2006 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
hi, I am going to have it in November. I had one in May that found a broken blood vessel in there. It was painful and horrible. I have to be optimistic that is has healed. None of the meds have really helped me from having a SORE THROAT, HOARSENESS and BAD TASTE in my mouth. Now it is back to the sinus theory...I guess, maybe.

capistrano
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   Posted 8/30/2006 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you mean that the endoscopy itself was painful and horrible, or the broken blood vessel?  I am sorry you had to go through that and I hope it has healed.

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   Posted 8/31/2006 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I went through two endoscopies without sedatives. The first one was fine but the second one was painful. I figure the broken blood vessel is because of coughing. I also spit up blood and a spot showed up on my lung. That was also a blood vessel. I have allergic asthma and I am a "known asthmatic" for 33 years. I live alone and didn't worry about having the endoscopy without sedative because I am 6 foot tall (have a large throat) and have no gagging problem, anxiety or any of that stuff. I think the pain was from the discovery of the problem and I am sure I will be well soon. This time I am having a sedative and the senior citizens' center bus service where I live is taking me back and forth for a very small fee.

capistrano
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   Posted 8/31/2006 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had one endoscopy with sedatives and I don't remember a thing.  I'm still waiting for the hospital to schedule the second one, which I guess will be in about 6 weeks.
I had UPPP surgery a year ago and developed inhalation pneumonia from coughing (food went down the wrong pipe), so violent coughing really can have some serious effects, as in your case also.  I hope you have an easier time in November and will go ahead and have sedation, I think it helps!

Joan M
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   Posted 9/2/2006 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, thanks for your good words. Please tell me what UPPP surgery is. All this stuff is so confusing. Sorry your surgery had complications. Hope you get your date and bravo set up. This will help them find out about your acid levels and give them some information.

capistrano
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   Posted 9/5/2006 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
UPPP is a surgery used to treat sleep apnea. The ENT surgeon removed my uvula from the top of my throat and also trimmed my upper palate.  It's a horrible surgery and although it did help my apnea, I am sorry I had it done.  I think it's contributed to reflux and a bunch of other stuff. Hope you are doing well.

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   Posted 9/6/2006 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I'm ok. I cut back on my flonase (nasal spray) but that didn't help me with my sore throat, dry mouth, ho****ness and bad taste in mouth. I started taking it again. I stopped taking the nexium and had no problem. It did me absolutely no good. I have to get my gall bladder checked this month but I only have a .5 centimeter polyp in there. The tech kept pushing in the ultra sound to find something. I ain't letting them take it out though unless absolutely necessary.

I had a podiatrist screw up my feet a while back so I am very wary of them fooling around with me.

jackiewc1laura
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   Posted 9/11/2006 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Re Bravo. I had the test done it was painless since you will be lightly sedated, but while the capsule is in place[ about 4 days] before it drops off it is very uncomfortable, feels like a case of heartburn. what is the purpose of this test for you? I had it to see if I was a candidate for enterycs I think it was called ,it where a sicone type substance is injected into the LES to make it tighter, I wouldn't have had it done anyway, Just ate two scamnled eggs and nothing else and coughing myself into a stupoer. Why cant these doctors do something for us. Thanks to all Rose

capistrano
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   Posted 9/11/2006 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
The GI doc speciatlist ordered the test after I came to see him complaining of chronic nausea and reflux for several months.  My endoscopy showed hiatal hernia and gastritis, but the upper GI showed everything normal. This all happened following throat (UPPP)surgery for sleep apnea.  It changed the configuration of my throat and then all hell brook loose in my digestive tract.
But after reading about some experiences people have had with Bravo, I
just cancelled my test. It sounds like there is a good chance of pain and discomfort, which I am not willing to undergo after the year I've had following my surgery, including inhalation pneumonia, reflux and panic attacks.  So I'll have the other 2 tests (colonoscopy and abdominal CAT scan) and go back to my regular GI doc. I am finally learning to follow my instincts about medical procedures!
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