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Okay, I am really going to have the Esophageal Manometry this time. It is scheduled for April 17th. I am so scared. I do not know what to really expect. Does it hurt? Does it make you gag? Does it take a long time? I have read info about it on the web but I would really appreciate hearing from someone who has had it done and what their experience was.I just need someone to say-DO IT! You will be glad you did!Blah
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Dear J:I have no idea what that procedure is, but call your doctor's office RIGHT NOW, and ask them to have the DOCTOR call you back when he/she can and ask him/her exactly what the procedure entails and what you can expect. Don't speak to any twits at the front desk. They usually don't know squat and you're paying the DOCTOR not them.Meanwhile, I'm sure somebody at the BB here has had this procedure.love and luck, m-
 

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Dear J:I have no idea what that procedure is, but call your doctor's office RIGHT NOW, and ask them to have the DOCTOR call you back when he/she can and ask him/her exactly what the procedure entails and what you can expect. Don't speak to any twits at the front desk. They usually don't know squat and you're paying the DOCTOR not them.Meanwhile, I'm sure somebody at the BB here has had this procedure.love and luck, m-
 

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Do you have an acid reflux problem?? The manometry test checks the pressure in your esophagus/and the muscles(les & ues) and sees if there closing properly. I've heard thatthe test is not to bad, just a little gaggy at times. My understanding is they put a thin like straw up your nose, which of course goes down into your esophagus and they start measuring the various pressures. Keep in mind most of the technicians who do this procedure have done it many times, so this should keep the discomfort level down. Its a very common procedure. The next test they may want to do, is the 24-Hour Ph Test. This test will measure how much acid is coming up. Are your symptoms more burning or pressure like pain?? or both?? Good Luck!!
 

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Do you have an acid reflux problem?? The manometry test checks the pressure in your esophagus/and the muscles(les & ues) and sees if there closing properly. I've heard thatthe test is not to bad, just a little gaggy at times. My understanding is they put a thin like straw up your nose, which of course goes down into your esophagus and they start measuring the various pressures. Keep in mind most of the technicians who do this procedure have done it many times, so this should keep the discomfort level down. Its a very common procedure. The next test they may want to do, is the 24-Hour Ph Test. This test will measure how much acid is coming up. Are your symptoms more burning or pressure like pain?? or both?? Good Luck!!
 

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Ok here goesI had the manometry, followed by the 24 pH on the same day.You get NO DRUGS.For the manometry, they shove a thick tube up your nose and down your throat. They give you water and tell you to swallow and each time you swallow, they shove the thing further down your throat, until its in your stomach.Then you lay down and they keep having you swallow water while they look at their computer screen, and they move the tube around. Try not to swallow air, but its hard to do when your lying down with a tube in your guts.Just in case you are having the 24 hour ph test too, which often goes along with the manometry, its the same thing, except they shove a smaller tube up your nose and down your throat, and they leave it in the esophagus instead of the stomach. Since I had a lot of air and water in my stomach after the manometry, I gagged and wretched about 8 times when the thing got caught on the way down, even though this tube is actually a lot smaller. No cleanup, however, since they had me not eat the morning of the test. I felt a lot better without all that air in my stomach.I had them pull it out and we tryed it again a few minutes later without the water, and all went well.The part that sucks is having tubes shoved up your nose (it hurts), and them jamming it down your throat everytime you swallow.What also sucks is having a tube up your nose and down your esophagus for the next 24 hours. It made it hard to eat and swallow, but it didnt bother my stomach. You may want to look down while swallowing, to minimizing throat & nose pain.This thing is hooked up to an electronic device you wear around your neck with buttons to push when you have reflux, when you eat, when you go to bed, etc, so it can monitor the pH of the esophagus in different situations.Yes, its unpleasant, but not worth worrying about. It only took 10 minutes for both tests.Most people will do better than me because I am one who suffers from nausea nearly 24/7.Good luck!slacker
 

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Ok here goesI had the manometry, followed by the 24 pH on the same day.You get NO DRUGS.For the manometry, they shove a thick tube up your nose and down your throat. They give you water and tell you to swallow and each time you swallow, they shove the thing further down your throat, until its in your stomach.Then you lay down and they keep having you swallow water while they look at their computer screen, and they move the tube around. Try not to swallow air, but its hard to do when your lying down with a tube in your guts.Just in case you are having the 24 hour ph test too, which often goes along with the manometry, its the same thing, except they shove a smaller tube up your nose and down your throat, and they leave it in the esophagus instead of the stomach. Since I had a lot of air and water in my stomach after the manometry, I gagged and wretched about 8 times when the thing got caught on the way down, even though this tube is actually a lot smaller. No cleanup, however, since they had me not eat the morning of the test. I felt a lot better without all that air in my stomach.I had them pull it out and we tryed it again a few minutes later without the water, and all went well.The part that sucks is having tubes shoved up your nose (it hurts), and them jamming it down your throat everytime you swallow.What also sucks is having a tube up your nose and down your esophagus for the next 24 hours. It made it hard to eat and swallow, but it didnt bother my stomach. You may want to look down while swallowing, to minimizing throat & nose pain.This thing is hooked up to an electronic device you wear around your neck with buttons to push when you have reflux, when you eat, when you go to bed, etc, so it can monitor the pH of the esophagus in different situations.Yes, its unpleasant, but not worth worrying about. It only took 10 minutes for both tests.Most people will do better than me because I am one who suffers from nausea nearly 24/7.Good luck!slacker
 

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mamamia, I was briefly told what was going to happen but I needed to hear it from someone who has had it done. I wanted some assurance that the test is "cake". I also looked it up on the net and read about it but it's just not the same if you know what I mean.DavidLA,Yeah, I have been having excrutiating pain that comes in spasms since I had my gallbladder out in 1997. I never know when it is going to happen--just whenever. Lying down, sitting up, standing, walking, after eating, before eating. etc...It goes away generally when I drink water, pepto bismol and walk the floor. Sometimes I have to vomit to get it to go away although that is not real often anymore. It may happen everyday for 4 or 5 days and then I may not have it again for 4 or 5 days. Then again, I may have it more than once during a day and maybe only once in two weeks. It is very sporadic. My GI has decided this test needs to be done. None of the acid reducers has worked consistantly. I have tried them all. I am presently on Protonix. It doesn't help either. I wonder if it could be something other than acid reflux because I do not get acid in my throat or burning. I just have PAIN.Slacker, I am definitely scared now
A THICK tube? It hurts? I thought they numb your nose? I have to lay down and drink the water? I can tell already that this is going to be bad...
I do not have to have the 24 PH to my knowledge. My attacks do not happen everyday so it would be a waste I think....Oh my gosh.....
 

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mamamia, I was briefly told what was going to happen but I needed to hear it from someone who has had it done. I wanted some assurance that the test is "cake". I also looked it up on the net and read about it but it's just not the same if you know what I mean.DavidLA,Yeah, I have been having excrutiating pain that comes in spasms since I had my gallbladder out in 1997. I never know when it is going to happen--just whenever. Lying down, sitting up, standing, walking, after eating, before eating. etc...It goes away generally when I drink water, pepto bismol and walk the floor. Sometimes I have to vomit to get it to go away although that is not real often anymore. It may happen everyday for 4 or 5 days and then I may not have it again for 4 or 5 days. Then again, I may have it more than once during a day and maybe only once in two weeks. It is very sporadic. My GI has decided this test needs to be done. None of the acid reducers has worked consistantly. I have tried them all. I am presently on Protonix. It doesn't help either. I wonder if it could be something other than acid reflux because I do not get acid in my throat or burning. I just have PAIN.Slacker, I am definitely scared now
A THICK tube? It hurts? I thought they numb your nose? I have to lay down and drink the water? I can tell already that this is going to be bad...
I do not have to have the 24 PH to my knowledge. My attacks do not happen everyday so it would be a waste I think....Oh my gosh.....
 

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I had it done last week.No, they wont even spray a numbing agent, it pi$$ed me off.But don't worry, it is far from excruciating, like your pain.Its hard to describe...It's more of an "Ouch, that sucked" pain. Hurts more than getting blood drawn (which doesn't hurt me), but less than a shot in the butt, and far less than a rectal exam.Its not that bad, you'll be fine.We "digestive impaired" people are tough. We get run through the mill with all these tests
By the way, where is your pain located?Slacker
 

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I had it done last week.No, they wont even spray a numbing agent, it pi$$ed me off.But don't worry, it is far from excruciating, like your pain.Its hard to describe...It's more of an "Ouch, that sucked" pain. Hurts more than getting blood drawn (which doesn't hurt me), but less than a shot in the butt, and far less than a rectal exam.Its not that bad, you'll be fine.We "digestive impaired" people are tough. We get run through the mill with all these tests
By the way, where is your pain located?Slacker
 

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My pain is located in my upper abdomen. Behind my ribs sort-of and it hurts clear through to my back sometimes. Kindof like what you would think a heart attack would feel like.I know a girl who, in January, had adhesions clipped that were found accidentally during a hysterectomy. she had pain like I have only not as often and now that the adhesions were clipped, she has not had the pain for two months. I wonder if that is maybe what I have????I will be having my manometry at the IU med center in Indianapolis Indiana so hopefully they will be gentle!!!
 

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My pain is located in my upper abdomen. Behind my ribs sort-of and it hurts clear through to my back sometimes. Kindof like what you would think a heart attack would feel like.I know a girl who, in January, had adhesions clipped that were found accidentally during a hysterectomy. she had pain like I have only not as often and now that the adhesions were clipped, she has not had the pain for two months. I wonder if that is maybe what I have????I will be having my manometry at the IU med center in Indianapolis Indiana so hopefully they will be gentle!!!
 
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