Hiatal hernia/GERD issues...more testing to be done in the coming weeks!
I went to my GI doc today for my follow up from being in ER a few weeks ago with chest pressure that radiated into my left arm and jaw. After numerous cardiac testing they were able to r/o my heart, and I was told to pursue more GI testing since I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia w/GERD last July. Anyways, I explained all my symptoms to him and told me that severe GERD could possibly be causing all my problems. I now have to have a 24 hour pH monitoring test done (5/6) and a repeat endoscopy (5/27) to see if acid really is causing all of my problems. When I had my last endo done he told me I had esophageal ulcers but not Barrett's and I a hiatal hernia, but he never commented on the size of it.
Is it possible that all of this is related to my hiatal hernia/GERD? What exactly will the pH monitoring test show? Can these 2 tests confirm/deny esophageal spasms? I mentioned doing a barium swallow and he recommended repeating the endo and the pH test. I go back to him 6/10. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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