Hi Poohbear. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I have had a lot going on, and I just started to moderate this board today, I am trying to learn a million things all at once...so I hope you aren't giving up on me for not getting back to you sooner!
To answer your question, endoscopy is commonly used to diagnose GERD. During this test, you will be asked to swallow a small tube or catheter. The catheter has a tiny camera on one end that allows your doctor to visually inspect your esophagus, gastrointestinal tract, stomach, and duodenum for any signs of damage. The catheter also allows the doctor to biopsy affected areas so that the cells can be analyzed. Unfortunately, if esophageal damage or ulcers are not present, this test may not be able to help your doctor diagnose GERD.
Do you have an endoscopy scheduled? Please, please, post and let us know how you are doing, and what the results are if and when you go.
I hope all is well with you.
Thanks for your patience hun!
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