PH Monitoring

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Has anyone had that ph monitoring where they put a tube down your throat and down your esophagus? I have to have it soon and it sounds terrible. Also I have to quit my ppis a week before and already have damage to my lungs from coughing up acid into them. I was diagnosed with bronchieactasis 

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    I am sorry to hear what you are going through.  Unfortunately, the PH Monitoring is very awful however when they place the chip to read the amount of PH you are put under and you won't feel the chip however it sucks because you can not be on any PPI meds.  If you don't mind me asking what are they hoping to do after the monitoring?

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    I’ve had it done. And yes, it is pretty terrible. I never quite got used to it when I had it, but it did deliver a fair amount of information, and that’s what you want. Be sure to observe the “7 days off your PPI” rule.

    On the bright side, if you ever wanted to eat like crap—pizza, burritos, coffee, hamburgers, etc.—and say, “doctor’s orders”, well now is your chance!

    Here’s what you can expect: 

    1) When you go in, they may spray something down the back of your throat. 

    2) they’ll cover the device in jelly, give you a drink, and tell you to want to drink it until they’re ready. 

    3) they’ll pick a nostril and they’ll start putting the cable in. They’ll also tell you to start drinking. That’s because they’ll want you to swallow the cable. It’ll also keep you from vomiting. 

    4) at a certain point they’ll stop and tape the remainder to your face. You’ll also feel like you have something definitely foreign in the back of your tongue. 

    You’ll be that way for 24 hours. You won’t be comfortable. The next day, you’ll come in and they’ll pull it out, a process that’s much easier than putting it in. 

    Again, not fun, but necessary. Best of luck, and may you get the result you’re looking for. 

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    I had it done erlier this year.

    Its a very thin probe (wire like).

    I tend to really worry about these things. It was ok. Minimal discomfort.

    U do feel it at the back of yr throat, but its sort of like a little scratchy throat.

    I ate and slept well with it.

    As per meds I worried as u.

    U have to stop ppi 7 days before,but can go on ranitidine untill 48hours before procedure. Then u can have gaviscon only for 24 hrs and one day before the procedure nothing.

    Ring the specialist and check with them. Mine told me it. I wish they include it in their letters as same as u I cannot see myself 7 days without.

    All the best to u. X

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    ok thanks all. They are working up to doing surgery, I have bad acid reflux and coughed acid up into my lungs and now have damage to my lungs from it. Bronchiectasis. 

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