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I have had two years of absolute misery, not just physical but also the despair and misery that accompanies any kind of reflux. Long story short (as I have posted details elsewhere in this forum), my symptoms are mostly the LPR kind - little heartburn, mostly respiratory; coughing, wheezing, sore throat, earache, sinus/nasal problems. My journey has taken me from GP to ENT/Endo/Gastro and round the block many times. Failed PPI, ranitidine, diet etc. All the usuals. Eventually, an endoscopy in November showed hiatal hernia and significant bile reflux. GI then sent me for manometry/24 hour PH monitoring with a view to having fundoplication. Not an easily undertaken option but when you get desperate enough, yes, you want it.
So, I just had the PH test and, sods law, I was practically symptom free from the moment the catheter went in, and the coughing and regurgitation returned within an hour of the tube being removed! I feel absolutely devastated that this test may not show what I usually feel, and that this long journey will be no further on.
The monitor was a Sandhill Sleuth and was set for two PH readings, one of which remained mostly between 1.5 and 2.0, the other mostly around 7.2 with regular peaks well above that but some at around 6.8
My concern is that the higher readings would presumably be the bile reflux so I hope there are enough above 7 to prove that, despite the lack of usual symptoms. I can only guess that the other reading must have been in my stomach. I didn't realise they did that but how else could that reading be constantly low PH? Has anyone else had their symptoms just disappear on the day of the test? Is this common? I am so upset that my 'day' was atypical and am very worried that my care/treatment plan may be discontinued now. I am to make an appointment directly with my very nice GI; results in about 4 weeks. I know I will not be able to go on much longer if my test results don't show what I normally experience and this route is then denied me.
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