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Esophegeal Mannometry

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Hi to all:

 

I had an esophegeal mannometry yesterday and I was terrified. As it turned out, the itself hasn't been too bad, just uncomfortable.

When I got to the hospital I found out I was schedulge for two tests. I don't have the name for the other one but it was terrible and painful. The test consist in putting a straw like devise (yes, that wide in diameter) in your nose to your esophagus and move it up and down while your breath or drink small amounts of water. There were a couple of times that I had the doctor take the devise out because I thought I just couldn't take it and I was just going to stop the test. Well, I went back to it and finish it. The good thing about having that test done first is that when they were ready to put the small tube for the mannometry, it was easy.

Has anyone else have this test done? What is it called?

 

Ani

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Hi Ani,

The test you are describing (tube through nose) is esophageal manometry test It basically measures motility of your esophagus for Achalasia. Achalasia is a disease of esophagus making it difficult to swallow food. I went through the test last month.


Kind regards,

 

Kamlesh

 

 

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Hi Kalesh:

I know I had the esophegeal mannometry. I had the tube in for 24 hours. The other test with the bigger tube is the one I don't know, unless everyone getting the mannometry done also have to get the other test done first.

Is the name of the other test that I would like to know.

Did you also have to get that other test first?

 

Ani

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Hi Ani,

 

The other test you are describing looks like 24 hour pH probe test. It basically measures acid reflux – severity and occurrences. Normally, pH level should stay within 4-8 below 4 is acidic. Yes, recently I went through the following three tests:

Esophageal manometry test

24 Hour pH probe test – I had to stop acid reflux medications for two weeks and Raynaud medications for 3 days

Barium swallow test to measure function of esophagus

 

Combination of these three test severity of acid reflux and Achalasia.


Kind regards,

 

Kamlesh

 

 

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Hi Kamlesh:

 

Thanks for explaining. I guess I was confused and the painful test IS the mannonetry. Then I also had the one for 24 hours. Now I only have to wait for the results.

Thanks again,

 

Ani

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and then what good does it do you to have gone through that? Do they change your meds? Give you some more successful treatment? I can't see being put thru this kind of torture when they know that the SD is the cause of the problem and there's nothing they can do for you because of it. They don't have the answer. There is no magic pill. So why be tortured? Just my opinion. Some people don't seem to mind horrible tests. It hits me so hard every time they do something like this to me, I flare badly for a month or two afterwards. Just ain't worth it, Magee!

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I don't understand a lot about this ph prove test or the mannometry and maybe that's the reason sometimes I feel like Magee. I go anyway like a good girl and have those ugly things done on me. After that, I feel very depressed because I can't believe that all this is hapening to me when just 3 or 4 years ago I was the picture of health.

I find it confusing that my doctor didn't order a barium swallow this time. Instead she went for the endoscopy. I'm going to have to research the difference between the two of them

 

Ani

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danceswithcats and Ani DID make very good points that I believe may have been missed.I share their concerns... why be put through the tests if there's not a resolve at the end? It's hard to believe that the more horrible the tests, the less the resolve... it doesn't make any sense to me, either.

 

Kamlesh, I'm confused... if you were already on medications to treat reflux... Has anything different been done, in finding that you have acid reflux and achalasia? :huh: I also have both and would be curious to know if your meds have been changed... or if something else has been done... to help you.

 

Thanks, Susie


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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