How It Feels
The local anesthetic sprayed into your nose and throat usually tastes slightly bitter. It will make your tongue and throat feel numb and swollen.
When the tube goes through your nose or
mouth into your esophagus, you may feel like coughing or gagging. The test may
be easier if you try to take slow, deep breaths. You may not like the taste of
the lubricant on the tube.
If you have a test that involves adding
acid to your stomach, you may have heartburn pain and other symptoms of acid
If you have the wireless pH monitoring, you may be able to feel the capsule in your esophagus. You will not feel the capsule when it detaches and passes through your intestines and out of your body in your stool.
After the test is over, your nose and throat may feel sore. But
this should improve within a day or so.
The chances that you will have problems from an
esophagus test are rare.
- You may get a nosebleed.
- You may have irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).
tube may go down the windpipe (trachea) instead of the esophagus as it is being
- You may vomit material from your stomach and then breathe
it into your lungs (aspiration).
- The tube may make a hole in the
Your esophagus is the tube that connects your throat to
your stomach. It moves food and liquid down to the stomach. Esophagus tests can check how well the muscles in the tube work, how strong the tube is, and the pH (acid content) of the tube. They also can find out how much gas, liquid, and solid move through the esophagus and how well they pass through.
You can usually get your results within a few days.
- The pH of the esophagus is not acidic.
- If acid is placed in the stomach, the pH of the esophagus does not go down.
- The pH of the lower esophagus is
- If acid is placed in the stomach, the pH of the lower esophagus goes down.