What to expect for a bronchoscopy?

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   Posted 10/20/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor suggested that if I am still not better from 9 weeks of coughing, he will perform a bronchoscopy.  I have had everything done so far from a chest xray, cat scan, Echocardiogram, barium's swallow and all are coming up negative, but the pain in the upper chest and my cough is still there.  Currently I have been on Nexium & Tums & Motrin for 3 weeks and still no relief.  I have read about the bronchoscopy procedure, and now am worried about having this done.  I have a high gag reflex as I hyperventilated when the ear/nose/throat doctor put this tube down my nose.  She even sprayed my nose with the numbing stuff, and I barely made it through that.  Seeing the pain in my upper chest and down my esophagus, I don't know how I will fair with that.  I would love to hear your stories on this procedure.
Thank you in advance.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Ask for some form of sedation -the more the better.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   


Hello, this is Kitt.  I am going to post a link to a great web site that explains bronchoscopies in depth.  Please read it as information only and know that your physician may do your procedure a bit different.  The main thing to take away from this site is the fact that you will be premedicated the same as any endoscopy. 

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   Posted 10/22/2009 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I had this done during my lung surgery. Since it was done during that I was a sleep. They did tell me before it that I might have to cough a lot after wards because it irritates the inside of the lungs sometimes.

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