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   Posted 8/3/2010 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning all.  Hope everyone is well.  Had my Gastro appt. this morning.  In a nutshell:  I go next Friday for endoscopy/colonoscopy.  I have been dreading this coming because of my fear of sedatives/anesthetic.  But I have no choice other than to be the 37 year old woman I am and just buck up and do it.  I have got to get to the bottom of these GI issues and feel certain after this that I will.  My other tests have been good (upper GI, abdominal/pelvis CT scan) and all bloodwork has been good other than low Magnesium and Vitamin D.  I'm sure many of you here have had this procedure.  Any info. you could pass along would be helpful.  Soft hugs to all!!!

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   Posted 8/3/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Libby just wanted to let you know that in my experience with the colonoscopy the night before is alot worse than the actual procedure. You have to drink this stuff that makes your whole night a night of sitting on the toilet. Not fun. As far as the procedure itself I wasnt put totally under just enough to be able to relax and not feel the tube that they put up there so that they can see if there are any problems. The endoscopy If Im right is basically the same thing only they put the tube down into your throat and look at the upper GI. I had them done at separate times. I will be praying that everything goes well for you and please let us know how it turns out.
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   Posted 8/3/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Libby, I had the Katie Couric kind of colonoscopy where they don't put you under,
they give you something where you can't feel what is happening. I was able to watch
the entire procedure on a monitor and even saw my polyps. They removed them
with an instrument on the camera. A biopsy found the polyps were benign. I found
out that I had some diverticuli, thats all. Shirley is right about the night before.

I never had an endoscopy. I've been put under before for other procedures and
it was OK. I do feel queasy after. They told me if I were to be put under again, that
I should ask for a nausea patch. Will send up a prayer for you!

hugs, Robin
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   Posted 8/3/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Libbey, piece of cake!  I've had both but I have had them separately.  You are only "under" for a few minutes.  When I had these procedures done, they used Demerol, I believe.  I stayed awake for the colonoscopy because I wanted to so I could see the inside of my colon on the TV screen.  I thought that was sooo cool!  (I know.  I'm strange.)  But they gave me just enough Demerol that I didn't care what they did.  I had no pain and no inhabitions, either.  I'm an extremely modest person but, when they were doing the colonoscopy, I begged the doctors to get my husband so he could see!  LOL  I still can't believe I did that!  tongue
For the endoscopy, they used the same type of medication and I just dozed off for a few minutes....maybe 15 minutes.  When I woke up, I was in the "recovery" area and was totally relaxed. 
So, try to relax.  We are so fortunate that we have this type of science to help us find out what is going on.  It will be over before you know it and you hopefully will get some answers.  Let us know how it goes.
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   Posted 8/3/2010 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the info. and for the support.  I know I can always count on the fibro family! 

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   Posted 8/3/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Libby, I'm cheering for you! I'm also afraid of the same things you are - and I will have to have these things done too in the future. You're not alone. Keep your head up high - you're strong. The fear is the worst of everything - if we could just crack that nut and remove our fear, nothing would be that bad. I haven't conquered mine yet - but I will - and I know you will, too.
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   Posted 8/3/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Libby,
I got a full night of sleep the night before my colonoscopy, I was all done with everything by the time I went to bed.  It sure does clean you out.  Mine went great, don't need another one for nine more years.  I also watched it on the monitor, it is like giong through a cave.  Pretty cool.
I wish you the best with these procedures.  I have never had the endoscopy.  So I can't help you there, but by the sound of what the members are saying, it is easy too.
Best wishes to you.  Let us know how everything goes.
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/3/2010 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I had them both at seperate times, and both times i was under anesthesia but not completley asleep, i remember waking up in recovery. I agree the worst part is the nasty stuff you have to take to clean you out. Me and the toilet were great friends by the end of the night, and hubby just laughed and giggled!
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   Posted 8/4/2010 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope it all went well.
I didn't see this soon enough to tell you to be careful of what you say coming out of the anesthetic. lol

I have acid reflux and have had most of these tests done and they are really nothing to worry about.


Fibro Acid Reflux Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease


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   Posted 8/4/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Hugsss hon. I can honestly say that the experience for me in a colonoscopy was pretty good, due to some other issues, I had to be fully put out. I remember asking the doctor when I was going to be put out and he replied "I dont know, you tell me when you are going to be put out." Then I fell asleep lol. I woke up pretty easy, no complications execpt wanting to sleep. So they put a sitter in my room just to keep waking me up. I will tell you, the prep was the worse though. I happened to be allergic to what they prescribe for the prep. I had to be unusual I guess. So I had to get some over the counter stuff that you administer through your rectum. It was no fun. I have the same fear though hon, and I pray before I get put out. I had a bad experience when I had my first time with being put out. I knew what happened, so I told my gi doctor and we avoided the triggers so it wouldnt happen. The cleaning chemicals sent me into an severe asthma attack, but at least I told the nurse before I fell asleep I was acute asthmatic and she was prepared for an attack. I came to, and she goes "open up" I do as told and got the peace pipe put in my mouth (peace pipe is the nickname for nebulizer)
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   Posted 8/4/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I had both done at the same time and had the "twilight" anesthesia, just an IV that barely puts you under, but I don't remember a thing. It was over over, both procedures, in about 30 minutes and they woke me up in the procedure room and I was fine. I'm hoping for the best for you

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