I went to the ENT today for a laryngoscope. Last time I had one was November 07, where I was given a nasal spray to ease any discomfort. This time I wasn't. I asked for it, but they insisted "we don't do that here". I said I had already had the procedure and was given a spray, and the nurse was adamant that I was mistaken.
Now, I know some people don't feel this is a very painful procedure, and that it doesn't need pain relief, but everyone has different pain thresholds, and I found this agonizing. I was very upset, when the scope hit the back of my nose it felt like a dentist's drill going into my upper molars, the pain spread all along the upper jaw area.
I have a manometry coming up, and they will also be doing the PH monitor at the same appointment, and I am terrified. The leaflet says that there will be no pain relief offered. But I know I have heard of people having this done with the aid of a nasal/throat spray. Why will they not offer this? I wonder if the NHS is cutting costs so heavily that now minor procedures are being done without pain relief. The hospital walls are peppered with posters bleating, "you have the right not to be in pain" and yet it seems we don't.
Can anyone shed any light on this? I understand why sedation isn't an option for manometry, since swallow function must be perfect (mine isn't any good at best!) but I can't understand why a local nasal aneasthetic can't be used.
I am scared. I felt like I couldn't hold it together for this short test, so how on earth can I manage for an hour, which is how long they said it will take?
I am considering taking some chloraseptic with me, and spraying my nose before i go in.