Need some words of encourgment

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richmond1029
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   Posted 11/3/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all! Im a 26 year old Female. about a year ago (and sence) I was having GERD problems. Pain near Larynx when swallowing(only saliva) which has now passed. Food traveling slowley down esophagus(hasnt happend in months), random sharp pain in chest, which I will also feel sometimes if I turn my head alot and swallow. I feel it in the same area. My reflux isnt too bad but when I eat/drink the wrong thing of course I feel it. I was off of my nexium for 2 months and didnt even have an issue.
Anyway, I am VERY much a hypochondriac and ALWAYS think the worst. My doctor had put in a referral for me about 6 months ago right after he learned of my GERD to get an endoscopy. My fear of what they would find along with being sedated scared me away and I never did it. My husband had one and I seen how he couldnt even remember what they told him their findings were. I HATE the thought of not hearing what is going on with me BEFORE someone else. Im scared to death of sedation. He has recently put in ANOTHER referral for me to get it done and I KNOW I have to but am too scared of the findings. I know I sound silly. Along with that, in the past year We've spent TONS on ultrasounds, ct scans.....
Any suggestions?What are my chances of them finding anything 'horrible'. Did YOU remember after you woke up????

couchtater
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   Posted 11/3/2010 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, first welcome to HW.
Now, to address yor fears...
I've had three EDGs and the only thing I remember is what happened just seconds before the shot and waking up. I do remember what the doctor told me every time.
It's just like going to sleep for a little bit.

It's rare to find something horrible. If they do find and Barretts it is easily treated and not life threating in this early stage of the game. It takes years of gerd to develop cancer.
He will probably say your LES is weak. Your esophagus is irritated and you have GERD. No biggie. You'll get medicine to control the acid. If the meds don't help then they may do surgery to strengthen the LES, but this is a last resort.
Joy

richmond1029
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   Posted 11/3/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Couchtater!
When my husband got it done, he didnt remember a thing that was said afterwards. He would ask me a question, then ask again 5 mins later. Maybe he was a rare case!
Yes, my fear is cancer! ahhhh... I guess Im just scared of the whole procedure and what comes after. I need to build up the courage to get it done. Im afraid Im going to have an anxiety attack and not do it.

richmond1029
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   Posted 11/3/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, who usually refers you to do these? Your ENT or GP? My ENT never mention getting this, but my GP is pushing me.

couchtater
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   Posted 11/3/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Either one can recommend it, but it needs to be done by a GI.

My first one I was terrified of having it done, too. I asked my doctor for something for my nerves to relax me so I wouldn't cancel on him or freak out. He gave me 20mg of valium. I was so high and relaxed that I almost fell asleep before the test. LOL!

You could ask for that. It does make a difference.

Ps. They probably gave your husband versa. It can linger for a little while. Just have your husband there to take notes for you like you were there for him.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 11/3/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Richmond,
I've had two endoscopies, and I remember both of them. My first was done by a GI doc, and it just so happened that he doesn't heavily sedate his patients. I had a colonoscopy first, then moved to a different table and had an endoscopy. I was awake and aware for both procedures, and they were no big deal.

The endoscopy is over with in less than five minutes. Personally, I prefer to be aware during the procedure so I can help the doc by swallowing on command. That helps get the tube down, and because it's not just being shoved down, I don't get a sore throat afterwards.

My second endoscopy was ordered by my family doc. A surgeon did the procedure, and he gave me the option of having it with no sedation. Since I'd had the other one done with little sedation, I opted to have the second one done with no sedation. I had an IV in, just in case they needed to add some sedation, should it be necessary.

No sedation isn't for everyone, but since one of your worries was sedation, I thought I'd mention my experience. Maybe you could have something that just relaxes you a bit, but stay awake and aware. You won't miss a thing!

Good luck with your scope. Don't worry about it. It's totally unlikely that it'll see anything serious. I had horrible reflux and heartburn pain to the point that I couldn't eat for weeks at a time (intermittently), and still I had no damage to my esophagus. (I was on PPI's, but still...had breakthrough reflux).

Take care,
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 11/4/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell,
 
I had two upper scopes in the same day and I remember them but I felt no pain and did well.  I did receive medication.  My scopes were fine.  I have also had the colonoscopy and it was a walk in the park.  I watched the scope on the monitor screen.  I was sedated for that but I could remember everything and answered the Doctor's questions, however,  I really was calm and relaxed.
 
Sometimes the only way to get past the healthy anxiety is to make the appointment and just do it or you will continue to have high anxiety not knowing what is going on. 
 
I also have GAD so I do know what it is like to fear the unknown.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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