ph test

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Has anyone had a ph test for acid reflux and what was it like, I have to have one on the 5thJune much admit I am dreading it . Any comments would be appreciated.

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    I had the PH test done to determine what my acid levels were before being considered for surgery to fix my hiatus hernia and reflux..

    It was a pleasant test but not as bad as the camera test..

    A tube was put down my nose and I had it for 24hours monitoring my acid. The most uncomfortable bit was the tube passing the back of my throat on the way down, once it cleared my throat it was fine, no pain at all..

    Best wishes to you and don't worry about it it.



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      Thank you so much, that was very reassuring, I am having the test with regard to having Stretta treatment for the reflux but it depends on the result of the ph test and also the size of the hiatus hernia I have, I just wish it was all over and done with its the waiting that is worse for me, but once again many thanks 😊.

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      Hi Joyce

      I've had it and it wasn't too bad at all. Just try to relax and that makes it a lot easier.

      It's not pleasant but it's not painful as the other person said.

      God bless Hun. Let us no the outcome.


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      Thank you for replying to me,it was good of you to take the trouble, it does help knowing other people have had the test and it's not as bad as I am thinking it will be, yes I will let you know how I get on myself. Once again many thanks.

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    I take it you are referring to an Endoscopy. Yes, it is very unpleasant. But they will offer you two alternatives. A numbing throat spray or a sedative. If you opt for the sedative you will need someone to drive you home afterwards. I suggest you should take the sedative.

    Please bear this in mind. In the long term, acid in the throat can (not always) give rise to a dangerous condition.

    So try not to worry about the test. It won't help. And it is really in your very best interest to find out the cause of your problem.

    Incidentally there are millions of over 60s with a Hiatus Hernia who never know they have one.

    Best wishes

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    Hi Joyce,

    If you find the Barrett's Wessex website (linked to on the right hand pane of some of these pages but otherwise the URL is www BarrettsWessex org uk) , on the home page near the bottom in the middle you will find links to Patients' Stories provided specifically to help those ike you about to undergo a procedure for the first time, ncluding 24 hr pH manometry. The accounts wil tell you what to expect, warts and all.

    But it's much less scary than an endoscopy.

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    I had the 24-hour monitoring test last August (along with an esphageal manometry test), and it wasn't that bad that all. The initial feeling of the tube is a bit strange, but I got used to it pretty quickly. One thing I experienced:  when I ate, i felt the tube pulling a bit - particularly around the nose. It wasn't a big deal at all though - just another one of those, "huh, that's an interesting sensation."

    As with many things, the "anticipation" is much worse than the actual test, so your best bet is to relax (as much as possible) and look forward to the results. For me, it was very interesting to learn my acid levels and realize that I'm actually quite good at identifying when I'm experiencing acid reflux (for better or worse!).

    Take care and good luck!


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      Hi John, you are a star thanks a million,they are the two tests I am having. I must admit every one that has taken the trouble to reply to me have all said the same thing, it's not as bad as you think it will be. Once again thanks for taking the time and trouble to reply.

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