Posted 10 December 2007 - 12:22 PM
I went to my primary care physician yesterday because I have not been doing all that great lately and I know I am due to my many tests again.
Well, I will write the long story later but I wanted to ask if any of my friends from this site ever had a Esophageal Mannometry done. I read about it and the doctor explained what it was about and it sure sounds horrible. How unconfortable is it? I don't like the idea of having something put thru my nose. Just the thought drives me crazy.
If anyone knows, please explain...
Thanks and stay warm.
Posted 10 December 2007 - 02:41 PM
At the beginning of my diagnosis I had the manometry done. It is a little uncomfortable but does not hurt. It sounds worse than it really is. Mari explained it well. You take sips of water when the tech tells you to and that's how they monitor the reflexes in your esophogus. Good luck to you.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:28 AM
I have had this test done. I wasn't looking forward to the tube being put it, but it was ok. They used a spray to numb my nose so I didn't feel anything at all. It didn't feel like it was interfering with my breathing at any point, so don't worry about that either. It did feel a bit cumbersome in my throat, but not inhibitory. Once it was in and I was taking the sips of water, it wasn't painful at all, but the same again, you know it's there, but it doesn't hurt. The best thing to do is relax and not panic and it will soon be over.
I had the 24 hr PH study done straight after, so had to wear another tube for 24 hrs. That didn't interfere with my breathing and I soon forgot it was there.
Good luck; just be brave, relax and remember it is perfectly safe and doesn't last long.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 12:00 PM
The doctor kind of mention the 24 hour thing. I was hoping the test had changed and now it was only 40 minutes. I guess not. I don't know what I am going to do because I know anxiety is going to kick in.
Is there a difference between this test and the Endoscopy? My doctor also ordered that test. Another one I don't want to do.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 02:03 PM
Posted 11 December 2007 - 02:12 PM
The endoscopy is a breeze as far as tests go. They give you something in your I.V. that puts you to sleep before they insert the tube down your throat. When you wake up, it's all over with. You may have some mild discomfort in your throat for a little while but certainly no pain. The hardest part is probably getting the I.V. Some have said that their doctors spray a numbing mist in the throat first but I never got that, just something to dry the saliva during the test. I'm having an endoscope next week, when is yours? Good luck to you on both tests.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 03:31 PM
I'm new to the forum.
I read that you are a bit worried about your tests.
I recently had both the Manometry and and the 24 PH tests. Neither one was as bad as I expected. My doctor had told me it would be uncomfortable, but I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was for me. I hope you have the same experience. I had a numbing gel put in my nose with a swab. Then the tube went down easy as I took sips of water.
They do the Manometry first. It measures the pressure as they pull it out 1 centimeter at a time. Then once it comes out they put in a thinner tube to leave in for the 24 PH. You can go about your daily routine. I looked funny since they taped it to my nose.
I got my results today and they aren't very good. My acid was 123.5 and normal is about 14.9 and the Manometry showed my lower esophagus basicly isn't working at all. I will go in for another Endoscopy next week to see if I have and damage from the acid. I didn't think that test was bad either like Sherion said you're asleep..... then it's all over.
Tangie... I hope this info helps you too.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 03:33 PM
I am sorry to hear that you are feeling bad lately. Let us know what the primary care physician says when you get results. I agree with Sharion, the endoscopy is a breeze all except for the I.V. One tip for veins that dont take the I.V. well is to have one of the nurses wrap your arm with one of those warmed blankets...it really helps.
I am curious to see how your GI apt goes tomorrow as well...let us know if you can.
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:17 PM
I thought that since I was just starting to have problems, endoscopy alone with do the trick.
Cheryle, please feel free to send the picture. don't want any surprises when I go there.
I will let you all know when I get the test done.