Having upper endoscopy next week...Nervous!

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NeedingAnswers
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   Posted 4/21/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Finally was able to see a doctor today.  I went back to the general surgeon that removed my gallbladder 4 months ago.  He thinks my current issues are due to acid reflux and possibly a hiatal hernia.  I've already been on Prilosec, Nexium, and now Prevacid without seeing much or any improvement.  He wants to do an upper endoscopy next week to make sure nothing serious is going on.
 
So, I'm a little nervous about the upper endoscopy.  For those of you who have already been through it, please let me know about your experience with the procedure.  Good or bad, please tell me how it went so I can prepare myself.  I gag so easily and the thought of having something put down my throat is quite frightening.  Were you completely unaware of what was going on or do you remember it?  Did you feel okay afterwards?  Did anyone else have a general surgeon perform the endoscopy instead of a gastro doc?
 
Up until a few months ago, before I had the gallbladder surgery, I hadn't even had blood drawn before.  I'm 26 years old and had no health problems before this whole mess started.  Some of the current symptoms I'm having include: tons of burping, frequent hiccups, and my abdomen is tender to the touch from under my breastbone to just above my belly button.  Also having some chest discomfort and back aches.  Had some weird experiences after eating/drinking recently which either caused the upper part of my back, back of my neck, and even my shoulders to ache.

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   Posted 4/21/2010 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an upper endo for some problems I was having swallowing food. Didn't remember a thing as I was put under general anastesia. The general anastesia should have you completely knocked out with no conscious idea of what's going on. It's a very quick procedure anyways, less than 15 minutes.
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lilitiger2
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   Posted 4/22/2010 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
have had three. Last one was last week. One I was totally out and as Mike said, it was a total non event, don't remember, short, absolutely no big deal at all. If you do conscious sedation, you will be pretty zonked out and will likely not care what they are doing. If they use versed, I would strongly suggest they also use a pain killer of some kind; my doc did versed only and I would not recommend that.

Either way, relax! If you do it with general anesthesia, you will go in, they will make you comfortalbe (wear sweats some thing loose), start your iv, may give you something to helpyou relax, and that will be all you remember! You will wake up in recovery! If you do CS, same thing, they will start your IV, help you relax, and likely once the versed or whatever they use kicks in, you will remember nothing or very little. I would focus on relaxing and trusting that they know what they are doing.

If I had a choice, I would do general anesthesia I think. But many people prefer CS anyway.

Good luck!
Lila

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   Posted 4/22/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,


Mosts scopes are done under conscious sedation as it usually is less risky then general anesthesia.



Conscious sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives during the procedure. Patients, who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.



Good luck with your scope.



Kindly,



Kitt

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   Posted 4/23/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for taking time to respond.  Doesn't sound too bad I guess.  Kitt - Thanks for explaining the consious sedation, which is what I will be receiving.  If I could go ahead and get it done and over with today, I would.  Have to wait until Wednesday though.  I'm desperate for answers as to what is causing all the symptoms I'm experiencing.  At least maybe this will give me answers or peace of mind in knowing that nothing serious is going on.  PPIs aren't helping me at all so I'm not even sure if it is an acid reflux issue.  Currently taking Prevacid once a days as well as Carafate 4 times a day.  Mylanta, Tums, and Gaviscon aren't doing anything to relieve symptoms either.  Still having abdominal tenderness, burping like crazy, frequent hiccups, chest discomfort, and back aches.  Many other symptoms as well.  Pretty much miserable and frustrated at this point.  Again, thank you all for responding!

couchtater
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   Posted 4/23/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what kind I had except one of them ("Micheal Jackson Drug"), I don't remember a thing from any of them.
They did say I fought the doctor during my second one. That's why they redid it with the "Michael Jackon Drug". They said I kept swiping away the scope and pulling it out when they did get it partly in. All I know is my throat was a little sore afterwards.

Joy

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   Posted 4/23/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had two...one by a GI doc at the same time as a colonoscopy, and the second by a surgeon. The GI doc gave me a little sedation, but I was awake and aware the whole time, and didn't take any time at all to recover. The surgeon gave me the choice to do it without sedation, and since the first experience was a positive one, I took him up on it. I had an IV just in case I needed sedation partway through. I know it's not for most people, but I found it not that big a deal. It was only about 5 minutes, and a nurse was there to talk me through and give me relaxation cues.
You'll be just fine!
Denise

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   Posted 4/23/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Prevacid, which is not really helping, and started taking 2 teaspoons of Carafate 4 times per day as of Wednesday. My doctor told me to continue taking both of those, as well as Gaviscon before bed, just nothing after midnight the night before the procedure. So I'll be taking the Prevacid and Carafate up until the day of the endoscopy. How like is it then that it will show anything if it is acid reflux causing my symptoms?

dencha
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   Posted 4/24/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi NeedingAnswers,
Nobody stops acid blockers, etc. before an endoscopy. You just need an empty stomach. When your doc does the endoscopy, he/she will look for changes in the esophagus that may be caused by a constant acid wash (the esophagus isn't made for that). Also, he/she can look for the hiatus hernia (some of those chest symptoms could be caused by that), and whether or not you're having gastritis.

I'm a huge fan of Carafate. I find it very soothing. Are you taking the pill or liquid suspension form? If you're having esophagus symptoms, you might want to take the liquid (more expensive, but coats your esophagus as well--be sure not to eat or drink for an hour after taking it). You could also put the pill in a little medicine cup and mix it up, then "throw it back", so it also coats your esophagus.
Just a thought.
Good luck with your procedure. Hope you get answers.
Take care,
Denise

martinm
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   Posted 4/25/2010 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an upper endoscopy just last month, they dont knock you out..just sedate enough to calm the nerves. It really wasnt bad, i even had a moment of gagging and that didnt disrupt the procedure..

droper
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   Posted 4/25/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
tube will probably give you a sore somewhere that could last a few days. Expect a bit of gagging. Remember people much older than you get this done with no problems so oyu should be fine. Also make sure if are a bit sore to stick to soft foods for a few days to not aggravate it. Hopefully its useful, unfortunately there are so many things you cannot tell with that test but it is standard practice.

Remember to try and stay relaxed as much as possible the digestive system is a complicated nervous system which does best while your cool and calm.

MamaBun
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   Posted 4/27/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I also had an endoscopy in March and was put under general anesthesia for the procedure. I was out for maybe 15-20 minutes. Don't remember a thing and I too have a sensitive gag reflex. Back of throat was a little sore for a couple of days. One of the easiest tests I've had done. Good luck!

NeedingAnswers
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   Posted 4/27/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Tomorrow is the big day...yikes!  I'm supposed to be at the hospital at 6 o'clock tomorrow morning!  That's way too early but I'm glad in a way because I just want it done and over with.  I'm worried about the results of the procedure.  What if they find something seriously wrong?  I've been having all kinds of chest and back aches, and even some tightness up to my throat, the last few days.  I'm trying to remain calm but I am nervous and will probably have trouble sleeping tonight.  Again, thank you all for responding.  I'll let you know how it goes...if I survive!...Haha!

couchtater
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   Posted 4/27/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
You will.
I was very nervous my first one, so they had to give me Valium to relax me.

My second one, I laughed and joked with the nurses.

It's not bad at all. A little needle stick for the IV... They put the knock out meds in.... good night... wake up a while later feeling fine, but a little groggy. I actually woke up, talked to the nurse, and fell back to sleep. I didn't know I did it.

Don't forget to post tomorrow... when you get the sleepy out. :)

Joy

lilitiger2
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   Posted 4/28/2010 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck today! hope things go well and you don't remember a thing!!!
Lila

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   Posted 4/28/2010 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I survived, yay!  You all were right, it was a piece of cake.  I don't remember a thing about the actual procedure.  Woke up feeling just a tad bit groggy but it wore off in just a few minutes.  So for the results...all I know right know is they did find some irritation in my esophagus which they took a biopsy of - the doctor told my Dad this.  The paranoid side of me thinks that I heard a nurse say something about Barrett's.  Anyway, I didn't get to speak to my doctor after the procedure so I don't really know much yet.  I have a follow up appointment next Wednesday.  Glad to have it done and over.  The anticipation was way worse than the procedure.  Got to the hospital at 6 and was out by 8:30.  If I'm following a GERD diet, eatting small meals, taking PPIs and Carafate, why would there be irritation to my esophagus? 

couchtater
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   Posted 4/28/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
The meds don't totally control the acid flow they just nutrialize it some.
You're still getting acid flow over your esophagus.

Joy

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   Posted 4/28/2010 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Apparently my stomach looked fine I guess, which is weird because I've been having abdominal tenderness.  All I know is that my esophagus showed irritation.  Maybe it's not from acid, I don't know.  Guess I'll find out more next week at my appoinment.  If it is from acid reflux, and I'm already doing everything to prevent it from happening, where do I go from there?

dencha
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   Posted 4/29/2010 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear your endoscopy went well. See??? Now you can join the chorus reassuring others who worry in anticipation of that procedure. How long were you on PPI's before your endoscopy? It it's not long-term, there could be damage done before you started. The tissue is very fragile, and takes time to heal. In addition, if you're having significant reflux, even with PPI's you can reflux bile, which isn't affected by PPI's.

As to where to go from here...I'm sure your GI doc will have an opinion on that. You could increase your PPI dosage, or if things were very bad and your doc doesn't think the PPI's are enough, he/she could look into the surgical option. Don't jump to that conclusion, though. It's most likely that he/she will want to follow you after you've been on meds longer.

Best wishes with your next GI appointment.
Take care,
Denise

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   Posted 4/29/2010 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Denise.  I'm honestly so depressed right now.  I took Prilosec for 2 weeks and then Nexium for a month along with 3 weeks of Carafate.  I had moments while I was taking Nexium where just drinking water was giving me chest pain.  I thought maybe it was a side effect because when I stopped it, everything eased up for a few days.  Then everything went to heck again.  Three weeks later I went to my primary care physician because I thought I was dying having chest and back pain a lot of times after eating but at random times too.  He prescribed Lansoprazole which I've been taking for 3 weeks and I've been taking Carafate 4 times a day for the last week.  Everything is even worse! I never had issues like this until my gallbladder removal.  I've been dealing with issues for close to 9 months now.  Starting to feel as though this is never going to get better for me.  Yes, I'm feeling sorry for myself.  I know there are people battling issues out there that are much worse off than me.  I've just never had to deal with anything like this before and for such an extended period of time.  I'm eating the right foods, losing weight, taking the meds.  Why can't I get relief?  The chest pain is driving me nuts!

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   Posted 4/29/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Needing Answers! I can totally relate to the change in lifestyle and feeling like you're a whiner. I never went to docs but suddenly, things went to poop and I feel bad. And my family does not want to hear about any of it. That's why this is one great place to see that other people do suffer the same things and can totally relate. I also have had weird chest pain. It is scary. And it bugs me.

Went to urgent care today and got an EKG (normal), blood for heart enzymes checked (normal), chest xray (normal) and am scheduled for a stress test.

I will feel better getting the heart thing totally cleared.

But, to get back to your point, it think its fine to tell people how scary and frustrating it is! it IS frustrating! and one person's solution doesn't necessarily work for everyone.

hope you hang in there and keep letting us know what's up!
Lila

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   Posted 5/3/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, it's very frustrating.  I don't like being the whiny person that I am now but to have to keep dealing with this on a daily basis, when I feel as though I'm trying my best, is maddening.  Now I guess I'll just have to keep going to doctor after doctor until someone helps me.  What else can I do?  Who knew acid reflux could cause so many strange symptoms?
 
Glad all your tests so far have came back normal.  I'm sure that's a huge relief.  Hope you are able to get some answers and find relief from your symptoms!
 
My follow up appointment is only a couple days away now so hopefully I'll know more then.  Starting to think maybe I need medication for anxiety because this whole mess has me freaking out.
 
Take care!

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   Posted 8/28/2012 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Im so relieved to see others who can relate to the problems i have been having also. I too suffer with gastric pains, back pains and i am woken up in the night with horrible stomache and back pains. It lasts for hours and nothing seems to work for me. I first started taking panadol, then mint teas, then gaviscon. Omeprazole was prescribed to me but didnt work and i too am going for an endoscopy this thursday which i am very nervous about. Not only am i nervous about the procedure in which i will have sedation, i am also nervous about the results as i have been suffering with these pains for 9 years now. Its only this year it has got worse and worse. It completely ruined my holiday and is making me feel so low because the pains are stopping me from doing a lot of things. Ive spent hours researching on the internet with all of my symptoms and ive started thinking there is no point trying to self diagnose as who knows what it could be. I just really do hope that the pains go away.

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   Posted 3/21/2015 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Needing answers,

I have been in pain for the last year, and it is now so bad that my life is in standstill....not sleeping hardly any and not at night at all, even sweeping the floor can cause an attack now. I have severe pain in both arms, chest and my back feels like its being stabbed under my right shoulder blade. I had the Endoscopy last week and the did a biopsy and it shows Barretts, I am having a gallbadder test next week and lots of cardio test next week also. I have been on 4 different meds and currently taking 3 different kinds each day and they are NOT working! Since you were describing alot of what I'm feeling, I was hoping to see if they found a way to help your pain. Thanks in advance! I cannot continue like this, I have given up almost all foods, am only eating apples, graham crackers, some almonds and water. I cannot function anymore. I was actually hoping for a hernia, because at least that can be fixed with surgery, I am so despressed to think I have to keep living in a state of exhaustion, nausea, and almost constant pain, and I am not enjoying any kind of food or drink! I aslo tried the apple cider vinegar and it worked for like a week, and then the attacks came back so much more often, and I am talking up to 10-15 per day and if I try to sleep in the recliner at night I will wake up about every 30 minutes with a new attack and it can take 15-30 minutes to ease. Baking soda and water, tums, none of these things ease it at all!

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   Posted 3/21/2015 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jena17,

I am so sorry to hear that you are in pain. I also am having intense arm pain as well as leg pain. I only eat mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, boost drinks etc and I think it's mostly nutritional deficiencies contributing to the pain but who knows. I do this because of the globus sensation and my throat irritation (mild dysphagia). Is that a possible reason why you've chosen the type of foods you are currently eating? Have you tried some of the lpr/gerd diets and they haven't worked for you?

I just wanted to let you know that this is a really old thread and it looks like needing answers hasn't been on the site since 2010. Denise, one of the moderators, is still very active and might chime in but you might want to start a new post so it doesn't get buried. I wish you the best of luck and I hope that you find something that works for you.

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