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Signs Of Acid Reflux To Look Out For

Apr 3, 2008
Most of us are aware of the usual problems of acid reflux, but it may take the doctor to do some testing to determine if there could be an organic problem causing it. If there is no change after altering diets and lifestyle, the doctor may suggest one of the following procedures to determine the cause.

These tests are invasive procedures involving insertion of tubes into your food pipe to observe and analyze your information over a period of time.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation recommends the 24 hour Esophageal Ph test or the 48 hour Bravo Esophageal Ph test. A tube is inserted down, going though your nose and ending up near the Esophageal Sphincter muscle, the main problem in Acid Reflux.

This small tube with its acid monitoring device on the end passes gently through the nose, down the food tube or esophagus and stops about 2 inches above the lower esophageal sphincter. The tube is then taped to the side of your face with the end coming from your nose attached to a portable recorder worn on a belt or on the shoulder. This recorder has buttons to let you record certain conditions.

You then follow certain food and medication restrictions prior to testing. During the test which lasts 24 hours, you avoid showers but record mealtimes and foods as well as resting times. Certain symptoms can be recorded on the recorder by pressing the appropriate buttons. A nurse will remove the recorder at the end of the time and the information is downloaded into a computer for a doctor to review and begin your treatment.

The Esophageal Manometry Test is less traumatic, time wise, and consists of inserting a tiny, pressure-sensitive tube through your nose - or sometimes your mouth , into your esophagus. There, it measures the effects of muscle contractions as you swallow. This tells the doctor about how well your muscles involved in the digestion process, function.

An x- ray or endoscope may also help your doctor to see if there could be an obstruction that is impeding digestion. This works by observing with a scope light.

If it is then determined that there are no major problems such as a narrow food pipe or scarring or a growth that shouldn't be there, your Acid Reflux can be treated with lifestyle changes and medications that will help relieve the symptoms.
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