Anyone have an EGD done? I'm scared!

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Crystal Visions
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   Posted 3/4/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I just started posting in these forums and am a little new here. I have aLOT of health problems and my latest are getting the best of me. Down to 112 lbs. too. They scheduled me to have an EGD done but I am scared to death of it. I have lung problems and really low blood preasure and was reading those can cause complications during the procedure. I am wondering if anyone else here has done it and what it was like for you?? Be honest now tongue   I dont know if I feel well enough to be doing this right now. Please let me know. Thank you
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   Posted 3/4/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Crystal, I don't have low blood pressure, just normal ranges for me, but I do have severe COPD and am on 02 at night for sleeping and for strenuous exercise.

I just had an upper endoscopy done in December. Not my first, but my first since being on 02. If you prefer to have your endoscopy done w/o sedation (this is the first time I agreed to sedation for endoscopy - all of my previous have been w/o) it is not at all painful. BUT you do gag a lot - and gag hard if the scopist is generous w/the air to inflate the esophagus to ease the passage of the scope. The gagging can bring tears to your eyes even tho there is no discomfort or pain - except the gagging. I have a real strong gag reflex and I didn't do all that much gagging but when I did it curled my toes!

But back to this past December's endoscopy with sedation: you are put on 2L of 02 to start w/which drastically reduces any risks. If you have known lung problems be sure the staff is aware of this before and the day of the procedure. Your BP, pulse, 02 saturation is constantly monitored. This is not general anesthesia you are given but rather conscious sedation, i.e. an amnesiac. It relaxes you, it robs you of your memory but you can respond to the doctor asking you to roll to your side or roll to your back, whatever. It'll make you sleepy. Your throat is sprayed w/something and you are sedated before the scope is introduced into your throat. It really is an easy procedure w/VERY LITTLE risk compared to so many tests we go thru.

If it makes you feel safer insist on your endoscopy being done at a local hospital endoscopy unit where ALL emergency and life sustaining equipment and personnel are immediately available. BUT - really you are monitored thru out the procedure and there is resuscitation equipment on hand to maintain until a stricken patient can be ambulanced to an emergency department.

But really your vital signs are all closely monitored and emergency equipment is on hand as required by law.

Relax and enjoy the "nap". I wish you good results.
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   Posted 3/5/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Chronie is right.  Take the med and enjoy the nap, you won't remember a thing and there is a team with you including the GI and several nurses monitoring you closely.

It is your decision but I would just put one foot in front of the other and get it over with.............bless you


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   Posted 3/5/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband had one in October and one last week. Let them put you under.
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   Posted 3/5/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Had one years ago for dx of my Celiac Disease. It wasn't bad. I had the sedation. I've had a flexsigmoidosopy (other end) and found that to be much less pleasant. I just had my Gall bladder removed this time last year and the endoscopy sedation doesn't seem to be the same thing. Like was mentioned, it just relaxes you and you can still breath fine and respond if they ask you to open your mouth, etc.
I can't imagine doing it without the sedation. Just make sure they know your issues well in advance of the procedure and have them address any concerns you have. Best of luck!
Type I Diabetes- 28 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump)
Celiac Disease- 6 yrs.
Crohn's Disease- 1+ year (Nov. '06)

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   Posted 3/5/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been 'violated' from both ends, as I like to joke about. I have had 4 colonoscopies, 1 endoscopy, 1 capsule endoscopy, and a flex endoscopy. For all of them,except the flex endoscopy, I had sedation. My thought is that the drugs are much better idea. With CD intestines already hurt, so lots of drugs equals less pain 8) Piece of cake. Enjoy the loopy sleepy feeling 'cause we all know how much 'fun' the prep is...haha!
Diagnosed with Crohns/Colitis in 2004. Currently taking Azulfidine 500 mg/3 x 3 day, Synthroid. Have had joint complications such as pyroderma gangrenosum in ankles as complication of IBD.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one done several years ago. There was no pain (that I remember) however I do remember bits and pieces of the
 conversation during the procedure.  I don't like when this happens because I tend to take what I hear out of context and then worry about it.  I don't remember when they inserted the tube at all, so they must give ample drug for that. It was later during the procedure that I remember hearing them talking. I don't remember them taking the tube out.  Funny how these drugs work differently in everyone.
I was diagnosed with H. pylori as a result of this procedure, no symptoms of that at all. I was being worked up for celiac disease.   
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin, sertraline, lyrica  

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