getting my first endoscopy..kinda scared..gerd/anxiety

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Petey91
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   Posted 9/21/2012 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
hello everyone.

Iam a 20 year old male(turning 21 next week) and i'm really concerned about this endoscopy that i'm suppose to have next week. I have anxiety and GERD which makes me feel really scared at times.
yesterday (9/20/2012)My doctor thought i was bleeding from inside because i get nausea that comes and goes but he did some blood work and said everything was fine, but, he's still doing the endoscopy to make sure.
IN the past 2 months i've had:
2 chest x rays.
3 ekg's
stool exams.
lots of blood work.
thyroid check
neck x ray
for all different type of symptoms.
they've gone away over time but nausea seems to be the main one.
the reason i brought these exams up is because all of these came out fine.
but my anxiety makes me feel like the endoscopy will find something else that's causing my nausea.
anyway i guess my question is..
what does an endoscopy show?
what can i expect?
sometimes i get a few pains on my middle right side and on my middle left side.
i keep thinking i have some liver failure or something wrong with my pancreas.
this sounds more of an anxiety issue rather than gerd.
sorry i was just recommended to write here.
i will appreciate some responses please.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 9/22/2012 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Nausea was always my main GERD symptom, especially on waking. Taking my PPI at night and chewing DGL when I wake helped a lot. Recently I've had acupuncture and my nausea is now only occasional.

Helicobacter can cause nausea - make sure you're tested for that. Ulcers and gastritis can cause it too.

Have you cut out alcohol, tea, coffee, spicy and fatty food?

You can have sedation for the scope, so don't worry about the procedure. At your age the chances of finding anything medically exciting on the scope aren't that high - just bear with it a bit longer and you'll soon be the other side of it!

MMM
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Petey91
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   Posted 9/22/2012 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Wouldn't the endoscopy show if i have helicobacter?
If not, how do i get tested for it?
Yes, i have cut down on all of that.
How long would your nausea last? Was it like a come and go thing? My therapist says it's anxiety related but i'm finding it hard to believe :/
Thanks for the reply

Post Edited (Petey91) : 9/22/2012 2:57:09 PM (GMT-6)


mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 9/22/2012 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
My nausea was almost constant, worse on waking but I had very little relief from it and had to eat very frequently to stop feeling sick.

At the endoscopy they can test for Helicobacter by taking biopsies - just mention it when you go to make sure they are including that. Otherwise it can be a breath test, a blood test or a stool test - here in the UK it's currently the stool test that is considered best, with biopsy at endoscopy being the "gold standard". You can also be tested for coeliac disease if they take biopsies.

Hope it goes OK.

MMM
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Petey91
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   Posted 9/22/2012 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh what i meant was like was your nausea months, days, Weeks? Like coming and going?
I'm just curious.
Yeah I'll make sure to ask
I've had a stool test done but that was sometime in early July
Thank you

KAYEM
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   Posted 9/22/2012 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Petey91,
Don't worry about the endoscopy, mine was 15 mins long. They gave me a sedative and numbed my throat. They numbed my throat with medication, that you drink like a shot. My test showed chronic inflammation in my esophagus and chronic gastritis. I also had several irritated spots on my stomach.
As far as my nausea it was inconsistent. Sometimes I would get nauseous from drinking water to trying to eat a 1/2 of sub. But it sounds as yes you have GERD. I know anxiety can also make you nauseous too.
I hope all is well, please keep the forum updated with your status.

Petey91
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   Posted 9/23/2012 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
kayhem

To be honest
I'm scared because i put all these ridiculous thoughts in my head.
I self diagnose my self with illnesses.
I'm scared that they'll find tumors or cancer.
I get random pains sometime in my upper left side thinking it's my pancreas or my right side thinking it's my liver and every time i get that i freak out, get sad, cry...
:(
I don't know why i get these pains and what's causing them..

Post Edited (Petey91) : 9/23/2012 2:20:51 PM (GMT-6)


couchtater
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   Posted 9/23/2012 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
The EGD is nothing. I've had three done.
You can ask for a sedative before going into the procedure and a stronger sedative for the procedure.

I don't remember any of my procedures once the shot is given.
Joy
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When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 9/23/2012 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My nausea would have better phases but could last for months without any real nausea free periods. This is the first time in two years that I've not had constant background nausea - the acupuncture seemed to help, after about 2 months of treatment; I am currently only having occasional nausea.

MMM
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Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

Petey91
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   Posted 9/23/2012 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
couchtater
wow!!three of them?
what was the issue? if you don't mind me asking.

MMM
i'll look into acupuncture.
i'm sorry that you are still having occasional nausea.
i was all good last week then tuesday this week all the nausea came. It comes and goes but it's still really uncomfortable

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/23/2012 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Petey91-

I had 11 between September '08 and March '09 plus about 20 plus others since about 1998. No biggie, just ask for sedation.

Take care,
Bill
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couchtater
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   Posted 9/23/2012 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
1st one- my GI wanted to check me out
2nd one- my surgeon wanted to check me out
3rd one- I fought the surgeon in my sleep because they didn't put me deep enough. so they did a deeper sedation about two hours later. :)

I didn't know I fought them until after I woke up from the 3rd one. :))
Joy
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When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Petey91
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   Posted 9/24/2012 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Opnwhl4

I guess i'm just worried about them finding something. My thoughts are crazy about that.

Couchtater
Oh i see.
Lol and all your endoscopy exams came out fine?

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   Posted 9/24/2012 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Petey,
 
Good to see you here.  I agree,  the EGD is a walk in the park and the medications are awesome so no worries there.  I have had two and I understand I bit the Dr. on my first one.  Her fault for putting her fingers in my mouth. 
 
What you are feeling right now is fear of the unknown. People fear the unknown because it is just that, unknown. You don't know what to expect; it could be good or bad.  Remember take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get your mind off of your anxieties and stresses.  Take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, watch TV, play on the computer or do an activity that will give you  a fresh perspective on things. This will distract you from your current worries.
 
Don't google your symptoms as it will not change the outcome but only make you worry more with each scary article you find.
 
All the worrying in the world will not change anything. All you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and when something does happen, take it in stride.
 
Kindly,
Kitt



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couchtater
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   Posted 9/24/2012 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing they found was some benign polyps from being on Nexium for so many years. They said they would shrink away after I stop taking it. It's a rare side effect of Nexium, but not dangerous.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Petey91
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   Posted 9/25/2012 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Well tomorrow at 2:20 is my upper endoscopy.
I'm really nervous
Buti'm praying and hoping that everything will come out fine.
Sigh

couchtater
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   Posted 9/25/2012 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Relax, you'll do fine.
Joy
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When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

jsnchrry33
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   Posted 9/30/2012 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had two done and they are no big deal. My first was in 2007 for gastritis and my second was last year in which I was positive for Barretts Esophagas. Anyways its no big deal.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 10/1/2012 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
How did it go Petey?

MMM
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Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

Petey91
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   Posted 10/4/2012 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
hello.
well the upper endoscopy was a really great experiece lol
everything came out fine.
but i still get a bit nauseous at times.
im guessing my anxiety or GERD will explain this??

Post Edited (Petey91) : 10/4/2012 12:03:27 PM (GMT-6)

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