Re: Too much or too little acid, how can u tell?
I had a 24 Hr. PH test done to confirm my reflux. The endoscopy didn't show anything, but the PH test confirmed I had reflux, showed me when during the day it flared up, what some of my triggers were and how often I had acid in my esophagus. Throughout the test, you can see your PH levels on the computer you are wearing.
I also had a manometry done that tested how well my esophageal sphincter was working.
My results showed that I had acid in my esophagus 36% of the day (and I was on my low acid diet at the time). This was helpful for me because my primary reflux symptom is a chronic cough and it is also a symptom of many other things.
After this, I ended up switching to taking Prevacid 2x/day. My coughing decreased significantly after only one week. That was back in April. I have maintained my lifestyle changes and continue taking Prevacid and my cough hasn't come back yet.
It is easy to do, but wasn't really comfortable. You have a tube down your nose and coming out and connected to a computer for 24 hours. You are instructed to do all normal activities for the day.
There is also a Bravo test that is wireless that you may want to do some research on.
Last edited by MountainReader; 11-01-2006 at 09:38 PM.