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Tezz
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/5/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
ok, guess I did this wrong but want to intro myself.  Have had problems w/ reflux (go figure I am a dietitian) for years but about 3 mos ago they started to get much worse where it was an everyday sometimes all day occurence with chest tightness, pain, burning, etc, etc.... now with some new symptoms, which sometimes I can't believe are related to reflux but I guess I'll find out.  Have had a stress test in the past d/t my symptoms which came out normal.  I am big into exercise and still keep that up as that doesn't bother me.  Going for an endoscopy on Monday 8/9 and am just so incredibly nervous about the procedure, which is why I checked this out.  Well, found this site b/c  I am going to be writing a book on digestive disorders and wanted to get some ideas about what people where talking about.  Anyways, I hope to find out Monday what the problem is.  I took Prevacid but it didn't seem to help so switched to Zegerid which doesn't help much either.  Hoping to get this taken care of soon!!  I DO deal w/ anxiety but not on meds anymore and my anxiety is what is making me so incredibly nervous about the endoscopy!  I don't think they will put me totally out and afraid of a panic attack during the procedure.  The worry is just my anxiety taking over.
Thanks everyone!

stkitt
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   Posted 8/5/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am glad to hear your having the endoscopy.  Try not to overthink the procedure as you may receive a sedative medication through a vein in your arm. This medication helps you relax during the endoscopy.
 
Your doctor may spray an anesthetic in your mouth to numb your throat in preparation for the scope.
 
After your procedure you'll be taken to a recovery area to sit or lie quietly after your endoscopy. You may stay for an hour or so, depending on your situation. This allows your health care team to monitor you as the sedative begins to wear off.
 
Then you get to have someone take you home and if your like me you lay down and take a nap.  :-)
 
I am sure you will do fine and be proud of how well you manage your anxiety.
 
Again welcome.
~~Kitt~~
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couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/5/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW,
I, too, was frantic about my first endo. I had them pump me full of valium. My second time I was so relaxed they asked if I had anything to relax me. ;)

You put on a gown, climb in a bed, get an IV, rolled to a procedure room, get an oxygen tube under your nose (it tickles), a couple of monitors stuck on you, as you go to sleep you feel a prop going in your mouth. Then you're gone.

I woke up back in the room with my parents leaning over me telling me it was time to wake up and a nurse bringing me a Dr. Pepper. They said I asked for it????
Joy

Problems too numerous to name. :)

Moo'sMum
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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 8/5/2010 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tezz. I had the same experience as Joy with my endoscopy. I too was very nervous about it but it was very easy. I only have very vague hazy memories of the whole thing. The absolute worst part of the whole experience for me was a sore throat for a couple of days afterwards so not much to gripe about. I promise you will be fine.
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