I've had countless scopes, they're not bad at all, they're actually really easy. They just give you meds to make you sleepy, they dont fully put you asleep, have woken up a few ties during the scopes, but I barely remember what happened. You'll probably have a sore throat the rest of the day but that goes away pretty quickly. Te worst part of the procedure is gargling that nasty stuff that numbs up your throat. I'm suppose to have them done reguluarly every 2 years, but havent had one done in over 6 years, I cant find a doctor nearby that takes my insurance. The last GI doctor was over 2 hours away and he did a colonoscopy with no sedation and I screamed the whole time, I'll never forget it, it took me 2 months to recover from it.
Everyone told me I wouldnt remember it, but I remember every turn and twist in my intestine, I really think they wouldnt sedate me cause I was already taking pain killers at home (at the time I was on fentanyl patches), but I dont think thats normal practice, it was just this doctor's practice, and I will Never Ever go back to him, kinda like I'll never go back to my sleep specialist cause he did very inappropraite things to me. I have very bad luck with doctors in the past 5 years except for the past 8 months.
26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
All the things broken with me: Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic lower back pain that causes severe pain/numbness/tingling especially to my left leg, Genetic Pancreatic Divisum that causes chronic pancreatitas, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic attacks
Prescription Meds:Suboxone 24mgs daily, Cymbalta 60mg nightly, Lyrica 50mgs nightly, Imitrex as needed, Ibprofen 800 twice daily, Zanaflex as needed, Ventolin as needed for asthma attacks, Advair twice daily
Over the conter meds: Benadryl nightly for itching due to meds (not sure which one yet),
Surgeries: Gallbladder removed at 15 years old, 2 ERCPs, stent put in pancreas, countless upper GI scopes, Bartholin gland opened permanetly due to recurring painful cysts
Goals: to go to college next fall to be a nurse and get off of SSI
Wishful thinking: to not be in pain!!!