Melissa's 4hr Gastric Emptying Study vs 2hr
Copy of original post by Melissa of GP Fight - telling her experience of the 4hr GES Gastric Emptying Study vs 2hr.
In this blog, I will outline the 4-hour Digest Study that I experienced vs the 2-hour test I had been through over a year prior. "Digestive Study" is what my GI Dr called it. The proper name is a Gastric Emptying Study (GES).
After already having a 2-hour GES about 14 months ago, I thought I was well prepared going into today as far as knowing what to expect. Man, was I wrong! The 4-hour version was nothing close to the 2 hr GES. Below I will outline the differences I underwent.
Within 20 minutes eat an Egg Salad Sandwich, and drink the water.
Lay down for 2 full hours as the machine above you takes pics every couple of minutes.
Optional second test with Reglan (click HERE to read my experience).
The test is done at this point, and all that is left is to wait for the doctor to call with the results.
Within 10 minutes eat 1 cup of Egg Beaters, 2 pieces of toast with strawberry jelly, and drink the water.
They told me the sugar in the jelly was a key component of digestion; which was not given in the 2-hour test.
The bell rang for 10 minutes and I was escorted to the other room where I had to stand still in front of a machine for 2 full minutes. Being dizzy does not help achieve this goal very easily.
At the end of the 2 minutes, I was taken to the main waiting room. They would call me back in 30 min to do another session of the 2-minute photo shoot. We continued this process for 2 hours which is equivalent to 4 picture sessions.
After the tech looked over the result of the last test they told me to come back in 2 hours and have one last image taken. The reason for the ask is to calculate how slow the emptying time is. During the 2 hours, I could go wherever I wanted but was encouraged to go for a walk. Doing so would speed up the stomach, or so they say.
When I got back he had to note if I got sick in any manner, which I did not (pat on the back)! It was a nice day, so I hung out by my car and played on my phone. The time was too short to drive home and I was too dizzy to walk around a store.
The last of the pictures were taken and I was on my merry way to wait 1 week for the results from the GI Dr's office.
The 4-hour GES is long, but you don't have to lay down for 2 full hours. The room where I had the GES done does not have a clock or TV. I hear from other people that some got to watch a movie! All I got to watch was the blurry computer monitor screen with my digestive tract. The waiting room was much better.
The only bad part of the 4-hour test was the meal I was forced to eat, and so quickly. Now, I have a GP Baby (excess gas and bloating) and it is killing me! The pain from the bloating is crazy. Below is a pic of my normal tummy day and a pic from a few hours after the 4-hour test was over.