Posted 11/22/2019 2:29 PM (GMT -7)
I'm scheduled to have an upper GI endoscopy next week, and the practice performing the procedure uses propofol for deep sedation administered venously by an anesthesiologist. Like many with Lyme, I react strongly to meds, do not tolerate most of them, get all the rare side effects, and have frequent allergic reactions to meds.
Any advice for me? What was your experience? Some people (in average health) find propofol downright pleasant and others are in bed throwing up and dizzy for 48 hours afterward. But I want to hear from sensitive folks like myself.
(This practice does not offer other forms of sedation and does not allow patients to choose no sedation. In the past year or so, GI imaging procedures have moved away from "conscious sedation" because it relied on a few drugs used in combination, one of which was Fentanyl, so obviously no one is excited to use that anymore. I would find another practice and opt for no sedation, but I don't want to wait the months it would take to get another new patient appointment....)
In case it's relevant, the procedure is being done to visualize and biopsy the duodenum to check for mast cells, cancer, Crohn's, etc. - things that could be causing me severe pain about an hour after eating but without affecting my digestion or appetite.
Lyme, bartonella, babesia, mycoplasma, EBV
Mold, MCAS, POTS, CFS/ME, HPA axis
Herbs, AmpCoil, DNRS, diet, nutrients, EOs