24hour stomach camera test

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hi i have to have a camera inserted into my stomach/gullet for 24 hours, anyone with knowledge of this, what does it record, does it irritate nose or throat, is it worth it

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    Hi I have had an endoscopy before but never a camera inserted for 24 hours! I would imagine it is the same process but rather than taking the camera out it is kept in. The camera can cause a sore throat and discomfort but it shouldn't last more than a few days after your observation. I would advise you to do it as it will answer questions and allow the Dr to see what is going in firsthand! I have an endoscopy booked on Monday and am really hoping they come to a conclusion on what is causing acid reflux. I think a 24 hour observation is a good way to find the root cause of the problem. Good luck! Hope it goes well. 

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      thank you, i have had the endoscopy and was fine with that apart from trying to eat/drink rest of the day but was totally fine within 2 days, just having trouble getting the hopital to return my messages to book the appointment, is this the way to make the waiting list appear shorter
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    Hi there, I had this 24 test done this week and can confirm it is not painful, the tube is very thin, it is a bit awkward to eat and drink but not too bad, my throat was slightly sore for a day after but like the other persons says if it gives you the answer it has got to be a good thing.  You cannot take any PPI's for five days running up to the test as the readings won't be true, this has been the biggest problem for me as I have been refluxing for 5 days and now have a very unhappy oesophasus!!! Good luck!

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      thank you joanna, and thanks for the heads up on not taking medication prior to this, i wasnt told this needed to be done by speacialist, my meds are not doing it at all to the point i have gone and bought alternative products to try as im getting the tell tale pain in between my shoulders again and have burning 24/7
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      Thanks, I am fed up with all of this, I too have tried everything over the years but nothing helps.  Like you the pain is the worst.  I only know as far as your app is concerned that this test at my Hospital is only done at a certain time of the month, not everyday like the other endoscopy's. The chap who did it was a clinical scientist as I mentioned he tests your oesophagus for motility.  I ended up calling my consultants secretary several times to push all of this along!! Like all the tests, just a waiting game.  For your info whilst I was there the chap put my date straight into the computer and said straight away it showed I was refuxing nearly all the time, he now has to send a report to my consultant.  Good luck and do let me know how it all goes.  This condition is miserable at best, love xx

       

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      it is a nightmare, i will report back if it gets done and i get results,i was fine on the 1 omeprozole daily ate what i wanted when i wanted no avoiding certain foods, only issue i got triggers with was if i drank alcahol too often, now its just constant, im going to get in touch with my specialist secretary as its not fair to give you a time frame to ring if even on the answer phone message it says it can be busy at times but leave your name and number and we will call you back, im not expecting an immediate call but 2 weeks and no call is wrong. my barium meal swall showed my gullet contacts in various places pushing food and liquid back up, i sometimes even get the most foulest taste in my mouth every so often, makes me paranoid other people can smell it, this has only happened in the last few monthes. im hoping the 3 health food shop buys help, trying one product on a weekly trial at a time to see if one might help on its own, even if its just a reduction in the burning 
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      The only way I can survive when its really bad is eating very small amounts of bland food, vegetable soup etc. I gave up drinking a few years ago to try and help this (I did smoke for a couple of years too) - wine was my love but it really creates acid in my case.  Try and have a good glug of Gaviscon before bedtime and don't eat anything late in the evening - sometimes helps.  Good luck and do keep trying for the appointment:biggrin

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      can i ask how long was you at the hospital when they inserted the camera, i now have my appointment through,18/6 letter says test may take 2 to 3 hours before i go home to return next day for 15 minutes to return everything, is this the case or just a guess, advising i dont go alone but actually have no choice in that, freinds and family will be in work, luckily it going to be during the days im off from my second job, how esay/hard is it to eat/drink with the tube in, i was just starting to get some relief from 1 of the 3 products i bought so guess im going to have to stop that untill after the test.
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      Hi Catlady, sorry with the delay in my reply I have been away for a few days and there was no internet!! I was in the room having my test for about an hour, firstly they spray your nose with anesthestic, then they insert a camera down your oesophagus and test the motility of your oesophagus which I gather is part of the test, they then take that out and insert the one that is going to stay in for 24 hours.  It is not painful but only ate soup that evening and a tiny bit of soft weetabix the next moring and liquid, it was not awful but not great.  Taking it out was painless and took minutes.  I would say that for the following two weeks my oesophagus was sore and did stick to soft bland food but I have been on this diet like you so no hardship.  Good luck and let me know how it goes.

      regards!

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    Hi, I've had this done recently and just to clarify it's not a camera, it's a measurement probe that measures the pressure and acid in your oesophagus attached to a computer you wear and input when you are coughing/have acid/eating/sleeping. I didn't find it that uncomfortable for the 24 hours apart from sleeping as the tube was taped to the side of my face I sleep on. It was great for scaring off cold callers when you answer the door with the tube up your nose!!

    The 24 hour manometry is the 'gold standard' for diagnosis of more difficult reflux problems. My symptoms are mainly so-called silent reflux but it's not really silent in my case as I'm coughing all the time!!

    As a result of that and the gastroscopy I'm going to have the laparoscopic Nissen's surgery in a couple of months as I've had these symptoms for over four years. Hope that is of some help

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    i have had the device fitted today at 11, wasnt pleasant having the first tube inserted but gradually got there, no numbing or sray just some gel to aid insertion, the second thinner wire had a mind of its own and kept coiling back up, just feels like a scratched throat, eating is causing a tugging sensation on the wire, eating a snickers was the worse,  the most annoying thing about this is people just staring, rather than ask what its all about, i even got the comment, i wouldnt be in work if i had that in, erm advice is carry on as you would normally.  currently when i look at the moniter im staying within 6 and 7.9 so dont know what thats suggesting.
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      update,,  been and had the wire removed today, over the 24 hours and having to key in everything i was doing, eating drinking, i noticed yesterday i stayed in the 6 are sometimes briefly going the the 7  lowest i went was 5.5, this morning i noticed i tended to stay in the mid 7 zone, before i left for work all i consumed was a banana and 2 cups of tea. oddly i had the best nights sleep i have had for some time to the point i overslept past the alarm by 30 minutes. just got to wait for results now 

       

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      How long will you have to wait for the results? I saw my consultant a week later. I am lucky as I have private health through work but they sent the invoice for the 24 hour test to me and it was 945.00!!

      I am now waiting for the op in October-my choice as we have holidays and I want to be over it and back on to a normal diet! good luck!

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      wow thats expensive, people might knock our nhs but people like me cant afford private, i was told between 2 to 4 weeks or as soon as specialist can slot me in, all depends on when test bot test are looked at, report written specialist gets it and secretary writes to me, going by last test i had,(barium meal swallow) it will be 6 possibly 8 weeks. 
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