I think my gastroenterologist is going to order a Ph test.
Isn't that where they insert a little capsule that monitors your acid levels in your stomach for 24 hours?
Do they put you to sleep to put this thing down your esophagus or do you have to swallow it like a pill?
I am having great difficulty swallowing let alone swallow something I've been told looks like a big horse pill.
What reasons would my doc have for doing this test? I haven't had any acid reflux that I know of. I never feel acid coming up or anything but if you see the other posts on the digestive boards you can see my vast history of stomach/digestive related problems.
Anyone who's had this test please post your experiences.
Can you feel the capsule when you swallow or can you feel it there constantly?
Do they take it back out or do you pass it when you go to the bathroom?
Sorry lots of questions. I am very scared.
I think the 24 hour ph test is where they insert a tube through your nose and down into your low esophagus which is hooked up to a monitor that measures the ph in your esophagus. Well that is what my dad had done anyways...maybe they do it differently now. He said the tube was a bit of an annoyance and made him gag a few times. He was diagnosed with severe acid reflux due to his lower esophagus sphincter not working properly. I may be wrong on this as I am no dr.