pains after endoscopy

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ste1200
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   Posted 9/11/2007 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, yesterday I had a gastroscopy and last night and this morning Ive been getting sharp pains in my stomach. Is this normal or do you think they could of nicked my stomach whilst doing it, or could I have caught an infection while it was being done ?
 
Thanks
Ste

ktp812
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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ste
 
I just had an endoscopy last Thursday. That night I had sharp pains in my esophagus and my stomach. It only lasted a little while and then went away. I actually took some Maalox Max and that seemed to help. I am still having some sharp pains in my esophagus and it feels as though someone is sitting on my chest. If you are still having them, then call the doctor and let them know. I am sure it is just from having that tube down into the stomach.
 
Kim

hopeisreal
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   Posted 9/11/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I know how you feel!  Two years ago, I had an endoscopy--and had serious pains in my chest/stomach/back.  I called them asking if I could've received a nick or an infection.  "OH NO, that rarely happens"---yeah, uh huh.....  Needless to say----they told me to take ibubprofen--which made it worse-----(NSAID)---and it took TWO MONTHS for my pains to go away!  I don't know what the deal was---but, it was really painful!  Prayers for you!

ste1200
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   Posted 9/11/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, the pains are easing off a little now, I guess its just because my stomach isnt used to a long rubber tube poking around inside it lol.

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 9/11/2007 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have an endoscopy scheduled for Oct 12.  I am not looking forward to the after pains.  Did they find anything upon exam?

ste1200
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   Posted 9/12/2007 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes, I have gastritus.  Don't worry about the after pains, they are not that bad, just a bit uncomfortable as its something you have not felt before, I'm much better today. I recommend you have the injection when you have it, as it wasn't very pleasent at all just having the spray on its own.  Good luck.

Ste


phixgrrrl
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   Posted 9/12/2007 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember having that done, about 7 years ago as well as in 1991. Both times I had no pain afterwards; however, I was out both times. I can't imagine not being out! The second time, I was not completely out, and was given more sedation...I was pulling the tube out of my throat...it was one of the worst feelings. I felt like I was throwing up and that doing so wasn't helping, b/c he's stuff it back down! It was a ****ing nightmare!
So, get sedation. You want to be totally asleep. That particular anesthesiologist is no longer working...gee, wonder why.

ste1200
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   Posted 9/13/2007 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, its a strange feeling, retching like hell and trying to swallow at the same time, no wonder your body gets confused. My doctor said it was like trying to swallow a boiled sweet whole, however I would liken it to trying to swallow a 6ft rubber tube, which coincidently is exactly what you are trying to do ;)

It only lasts a couple of minutes though, and once its down, after the initial panic, you can breathe normally. I think because it only lasted a a couple of minutes, thats why it damaged me a little. Maybe when you don't have the injection they try to get it over and done with a bit quicker which in turn makes it a bit rough, they might take more care if they have more time if you are sedated.

Ste

Brenda K
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   Posted 9/16/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you guys serious?  You were not knocked out cold for you endoscopies?  Where do you reside?  Not to get personal and don't answer where you reside if you don't want to, but I am in total shock reading these posts!
 
I just had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy a week ago and I was out cold, woke up feeling amazing!  I woke up very hungry and thirsty actually.  The prep I had to do for the 2 procedures was awful, thought I was in hell, but the procedures were nothing, as well as waking up from them!  I had no pain afterwards at all.  I was told to expect some gas perhaps, but I had none of that either.
 
Wow, I am in total shock still.  I am in Ontario, Canada and you are knocked out cold, even if just having an endoscopy without the colonoscopy!

ste1200
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   Posted 9/16/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in Cumbria in the UK. The doctor recommended sedation, but its not a full general anaesthetic (sp?), so you would be just drowsy and not knocked out. I declined this and insisted I just had the numbing spray to my throat, as I like to be in full control.

AnnR
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   Posted 9/20/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an endoscopy over a month ago, and since them I have had pain in my stomach and esophagus, and unable to eat solid foods, just soft foods. I have been back to the doctor several times, and they keep telling me that nothing is wrong, I am just imagining it. I have had this test done three times previously, and never a problem. I heard something about a esophageal perforation, has anyone heard of that? I cannot take the pain anymore or the lack of concern on the doctors. I know that something is definitely wrong. I have lost ten pounds already due to not eating much.
Got to say, I could never imagine being awake for the proceedure.

ste1200
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   Posted 9/21/2007 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean about doctors.  Before being diagnosed, I went to my doctor 6 times about the pain in my stomach and the sleep apnea.  All she would give me was antacids and books on anxiety, but wouldn't refer me to a specialist or even examine me.  In the end I paid £200 for a 10 minute consultation with a stomach specialist, who saw me with 2 weeks of making the appointment.  Just over a week after seeing him I had the endoscopy and was on the tablets to sort out the gastritis.
 
Seeing as I pay my national insurance every week, I shouldn't of had to pay to see a specialist, my doctor should of referred me, but needs must, and I guess £200 for my health is a small price to pay.
 
 
AnnR are you taking tablets for anything after the endoscopy ?

Brenda K
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   Posted 9/21/2007 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I too only had sedation, not a general, and I am a control freak, but in this instance, I was fine giving up my control and leaving it in the professional's hands!  With the sedation, I was still out of it, recall nothing, but when I woke up, I was not groggy or nauseated in the least.
 
You guys are mentioning the sleep apnea, is this common with you guys.  I just began sleeping again about 4 nights ago, but had gone months without being able to fall asleep for hours, and then when I did, I would wake up every hour, or I would go two if I was lucky.  I just went to my GP's  yesterday after having booked the appt. while I was still not sleeping, and he gave me a prescription for some sleeping pills.  Do you think I am now sleeping much better since I am on pills for my esophagitis, duodenitis, and GERD?  I have been on them for about 2 weeks now, but admittedly never linked the two together.  I thought I was just not sleeping because I was just not sleeping!

ste1200
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   Posted 9/21/2007 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
GERD and sleep apnea are closely related. If you have an acid build up this blocks the airway, causing you to wake suddenly. If this acid isn't repressed, this will keep repeating. Be careful taking sleeping pills if you think it could be sleep apnea, I can give you advice on what to do to help with the acid that could reduce the apnea if you want as I've looked into it quite extensively.

Brenda K
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   Posted 9/21/2007 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes, thank you!  Feel free to private message me.  I am very cautious on taking any sleep meds as I know how addictive they are, but I want them on hand just in case.

Hopefully I will never need them though.  Like I mentioned, all of a sudden, two weeks into taking my "acid blockers" I am sleeping very well.  It makes sense it is the GERD and/or the H. Pylori I have in my stomach.  My GI specialist told me, after my endoscopy, that my stomach was just "full" of acid. Ewwww...!

Thanks again, and any tips you can give me will be greatly appreciated!

Brenda


ste1200
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   Posted 9/21/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
If it comes back again, message me and I will be glad to help.

Brenda K
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   Posted 9/21/2007 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I will do that, thanks for the support!

AnnR
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   Posted 9/21/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, yes I am on 30 mg prevecid after my endoscopy, and told to take gaviscon at night.  I did not have the pain I am having now before the test.  I really think something was damaged during the test.  The doctor just wants to give me pain killers.  But that will only mask the pain and not cure whatever the problem is.  I did go for a CT scan today of the chest.  But won't get results for a couple days.  My pain is so bad, I am tired of not being able to eat.  I have to open the prevecid and put it in applesauce, since I can no longer swallow pills.  I have never had this trouble after a test, and don't know anyone who has.  It hurts really bad at the lower part of the neck where it meets the ribcage.  I think the doctor must have been really rough, but now he doesn't want to know anything about it.   I found this site and was really hoping that maybe someone has heard of something like this.  It has been over a month since the test.  Results were a small hiatial hernia.   Any help is appreciated. 


ste1200
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   Posted 9/23/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
If you can put up with the pain until you get the results then do that, if you can't I would see your GP and insist you get seen by somebody, or even go to A and E and lay it on thick about the pain until the have to do something about it. Let me know how you get on.

Ste

Brenda K
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   Posted 9/27/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   

AnnR and Ste.

How are you guys feeling now?  Has the pain subsided for both of you yet?  I feel so terrible that you guys had a procedure to make yourselves better, and here you are feeling worse!  Something is wrong with that picture.

Since my colonoscopy and endoscopy, my GERD is somewhat better, not wonderful, but better.  I am on a PPI and so that must be helping, but still have 4 repeats left if need be, and I know I will be getting at least one repeat.  The non sleeping is better as well, so far, cross my fingers.

Just wanted to know if you both were feeling better yet.

Brenda


ste1200
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   Posted 9/27/2007 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Brenda. I think I'm getting better the awakenings came back once the other night, but think that was stress induced. I will continue taking the course and hope it goes altogether. The non-smoking isnt going so well, but I will keep at it :)

AnnR
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   Posted 10/3/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Brenda,

Thanks, sorry I haven't been able to get back for a while.  I have been through so many tests.  after the ct they found abnormal lymph nodes, so i just went for an mri.  There may be an infection going through my body since the tests.  I still have lots of pain, which was not there before the tests.  Can't figure this one out. 


mav
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   Posted 1/17/2013 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Ann did you ever get better? what was wrong ? The reason I ask is same thing i have .

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/17/2013 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
mav-
Welcome to Healing Well.
AnnR hasn't posted since '07. Please post a new thread and introduce yourself and you will get a lot more responses

Take care,
Bill
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