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aeshleyrose
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   Posted 8/23/2011 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all!

I went back on the Nexium 40mg/day, today is Day 9. I'm still having tons of symptoms (chest pressure, chest pain, bloating, dry cough, occasional sore throat) so I went to my GP who referred me to have a gastroscopy. I couldn't be happier, I hope that I finally get some answers, as I haven't even been diagnosed yet.

I would appreciate anyone who is willing to share an endoscopy story, I'm looking for any and all tips and advice.

Also, does anyone know the process for this? Like, if they find evidence of GERD, would I then do Esophageal pH monitoring and Mamomentry?

Thanks! I hope everyone is feeling well today smilewinkgrin
Ashley

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   Posted 8/23/2011 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Ashley,
 
Good Morning!  I am glad you are going to be seeing a GI and the Endoscopy is a great thing. 
 
Here is a general idea re the procedure:

Upper GI endoscopy can be done in either a hospital or outpatient office. You’ll be asked to sign a form that verifies that you consent to having the procedure and that you understand what is involved.

If there is anything you don’t understand, ask for more information! During the procedure, everything will be done to help you be as comfortable as possible. Your blood pressure, pulse, and the oxygen level in your blood will be carefully monitored. Your doctor may give you a sedative medication; the drug will make you relaxed and drowsy, but you will remain awake enough to cooperate.

You may also have your throat sprayed or be asked to gargle with a local anesthetic to help keep you comfortable as the endoscope is passed. A supportive mouthpiece will be placed to help you keep your mouth open during the endoscopy. Once you are fully prepared, your doctor will gently maneuver the endoscope into position.

As the endoscope is slowly and carefully inserted, air is introduced through it to help your doctor see better. During the procedure, you should feel no pain and it will not interfere with your breathing.

Your doctor will use the endoscope to look closely for any problems that may require evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment.

In some cases, it may be necessary to take a sample of tissue, called a biopsy, for later examination under the microscope. This, too, is a painless procedure. In other cases, this endoscope can be used to treat a problem such as active bleeding from an ulcer.

When your endoscopy is completed you’ll be cared for in a recovery area until most of the effects of the medication have worn off.

You will be given post-procedure instructions regarding how soon you can eat and drink, plus other guidelines for resuming your normal activity.

This is just a general over-view and I know the facility you go to will provide you with detailed information prior to the procedure.

I actually had two  scopes in one day and found it to be extremely tolerable. I had the meds but for me that is important.  I have heard of others who have had very little medication.  To each his own.

Gentle Hugs to you,

Kitt


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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 8/23/2011 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
It isn't that bad. I've had 3. They look around, you are asleep the whole time. I think if they find any signs of reflux they do the PH test...Hope you find answers! good luck!

Darryl
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   Posted 8/23/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Ash -

I've just had my second done a week ago. Do not stress. I actually felt quite good afterwards from the anasthesia! lol ----

So no big deal. Enjoy.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 8/23/2011 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Most people are fine, tolerate it ok and remember very little. Sadly I am not in that category and my 2nd was done under GA. Do everything you can to make it an experience you would be willing to repeat; some people prefer sedation, some not. Quite a lot are done here in the UK with the throat spray only so that they can be sent home straight after; decide what you need and don't get talked out of sedation if you feel you need it. I was SO excited at the prospect of being told a proper diagnosis but they found nothing on the first one, so I wish I'd managed my expectations a bit better!!

Good luck, it's usually a step forward once that's done!

MMM
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alexmiddleton
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   Posted 8/23/2011 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't add too much more to what these other guys have said but I should just say that the procedure itself was pretty good and not too dramatic (I'm in the UK). Whats great is that the consultant told me straight away the results.

Regarding the results in my case he saw absolutely nothing unusual at all which I've found rather confusing although he tells me that quite often this is the case (Negative Esophagitis). Most people I believe have sore areas showing clear esophagitis. (Positive Esophagitis).

mock turtle
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   Posted 8/23/2011 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Ashley

should be a breeze..i was thoroughly sedated but not unconscious

Kitt tells it like it is, and is right on, as are our other members comments

my scoping last march "looked" good but the biopsies told different story, so there is a bit of a waiting game (nerves) involved

but im old and many decades of reflux left me with barrets metaplasia ...you are young and the odds are in your favor that things will turn out right...still scoping is a good idea

let me add, that in the future im going to try to get a somewhat different procedure than the classic endoscopy

i have read that instead of standard esophageal endoscopy there is a new procedure and different equipment called " flexible-trans-nasal-esophagoscopY" which is a procedure that uses a thinner scope local not general anesthesia, and can be done "in-office"

i need to evaluate if this procedure is sufficient to replace the standard practice

best of good luck to you...keep us posted
mock turtle

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 8/23/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, wow! What a great, detailed reply... I can tell what a great nurse you are. Thank you so much for walking me through it, it definitely takes the nervous edge off the unknown aspects of it.

MMM, I will take your words to heart and try not to expect a diagnosis. I admit that is one of the salient points for me, but you have a very valid point which AlexMiddleton then seconded. I will also probably insist on something medicinal to help me relax, thanks for the tip!

Thank you all so much for your kind words! I will update as soon as I know when, where, and what :)

Lots of love and healing thoughts to all!
Ashley
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