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Old 02-08-2011, 10:39 AM   #16
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Re: Esophageal Motility Test and 24-Hour pH Test

Glad you got through the Manometry and pH insertion. I knew you would. I totally agree the Manometry is the most uncomfortable.

It sounds like you have a similar test to what I experienced.

My first 2 pH tests were just the single probe above the LES. It measures the acid events for GERD. The tests with the second probe above the UES would measure for LPR as well.

1.5 does seem low. If it is constantly low like that, you may find that your LES isn't closing all the way or is very weak. Just wait and see how the day goes though. Stick to your normal routine so you get results that are "normal" for you.

The technician didn't tell me anything about my manometry results during my first two pH tests. I had to wait a week until the pH test results had been read as well before I knew anything. Of course, you get something of an idea on the pH because you can see the readings. What you aren't seeing is the frequency and duration of each of those individual readings.

BTW, my 3rd pH test was above the UES so there wasn't a manometry. It wouldn't have done much good anyway since I had already had surgery by then.
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Re: Esophageal Motility Test and 24-Hour pH Test

Thanks MountainReader.

GPinZone - I googled them also. If I understand what I was reading, it looks like you are correct that the pH I am seeing is actually my stomach pH. I don't see any buttons on the monitor to scroll through. I guess the other pH readings are something that I can't see but that will show on the report.

I guess I will have a better picture of what is going on tomorrow.

 
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Re: Esophageal Motility Test and 24-Hour pH Test

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Thanks MountainReader.

GPinZone - I googled them also. If I understand what I was reading, it looks like you are correct that the pH I am seeing is actually my stomach pH. I don't see any buttons on the monitor to scroll through. I guess the other pH readings are something that I can't see but that will show on the report.

I guess I will have a better picture of what is going on tomorrow.
Ok good. Well lets hope and pray you dont have any motility issues and your reflux episodes are at a minimum.

It may be vagas controlled, and in that case its Evail and lyrica for you.

 
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Re: Esophageal Motility Test and 24-Hour pH Test

I got my results back today. Apparently -- no swallowing problems and no acid reflux. Accordingly, the doctor is starting me on Elavil to see if it helps my never-ending cough. I just took my first dose tonight, so we shall see.

I have been to three GI specialists over the years, and all of them just assumed I had acid reflux and threw a bunch of PPIs at me even though I told them that previous PPIs did nothing for me. Not one of my GI docs ever ordered the 24-hour ph test. I had to go to an ENT to have this ordered. Go figure

Thank you for all of your support.

 
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Re: Esophageal Motility Test and 24-Hour pH Test

Good news that it isn't acid reflux.

That's crazy that none of the GI docs ordered a pH test over all that time.

I've actually had a Pulmonologist, a Gastroenterologist and an ENT all order various reflux testing for me. They have even repeated the testing over the years to monitor the severity.

As you know, my main symptom with the reflux is a chronic cough. My ENT has prescribed Elavil as well to try to help calm my vocal cords. He indicates it can be highly effective. Unfortunately, it tends to make me sleepy (I slept through a couple alarm clocks the next morning a couple times). I understand the side effect gets much better after a few days, but I've never made it that far. I've thought about trying it again next time my cough flares. I'd love to hear how you fare on it.

Another thing my ENT told me to do when the urge to cough comes up is to do a forceful breath out making the "h" sound, kinda like a huuuuu.

I wish you well.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:54 PM   #21
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Re: Esophageal Motility Test and 24-Hour pH Test

I wonder what it was then that made you feel like you have acid reflux. Plus I didnt know that you can measure your stomach acidity with 24 h probe. I amgoing to have mine done pretty soon. My GI wants me to do it this Friday but seems like I'll ruin my weekend

 
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