I Had My Upper Endoscopy This Morning

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   Posted 11/8/2011 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Guys,

I had my upper endoscopy this morning. The Dr. says I have NERD, mild gastritis, and LPR. My LES in in tact at 39 cm (not sure what that means) but Dr. did inform me that it is a bit weak.

For those of you who didn't have yours yet, please don't be worried. I was terrified of the entire thing, including the sedation. If I knew it would be such a breeze, I wouldn't have spend all this time worrying (which is probably why I have been experiencing globus and tightening this last week).
I have zero throat pain (which I was worried about with my LPR) and no other pain.

All in all, the whole thing went very well.

Hope I helped anyone who is nervous about this

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   Posted 11/8/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Faith -

I'm glad you had a good experience.

The doc measured the esophagus in case there is a need for surgery in your future. If it wasn't long enough you could need either extensive mediastinal dissection or a Collis gastroplasty.

I wonder how the doc determined from just looking that the sphincter was weak?

I've done several endos, with and without meds. I have such an awful gag reflex that without just isn't fair to the doc. I refuse Versed and Fentanyl - one just makes you forget, has nothing to do with pain, the other makes me vomit for hours even with Zofran. I get only Propofol, wake up with my mind intact.

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   Posted 11/8/2011 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Faith, you're such a doll for posting this, thank you :) I am very curious - how were your symptoms before and including the day you went in? Do you avoid triggers?

Thanks again for posting. I go in on Monday :)

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   Posted 11/8/2011 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Alcie and Aeshley,


My doctor didn't say my esophagus was too short, he actually said it was in really good shape. I'm sorry to hear that you had a difficult time with your gag reflex, mine is pretty bad too =(... I'm not sure how the Dr. could tell that I had a slight weakness.


My symptoms were throat clearing, coughing, post-nasal drip, sticky saliva, and alot of mucus, and lots of belching. The coughing and throat clearing went away almost instantly with a double dose of prevacid. Some time later, I visited an ENT who scoped me and said my throat looks perfect, so I decided to cut back on the meds, which was a big mistake! I booked an endoscopy and started experiencing globus and throat tightening, along with intermittent throat clearing again. Now I am back on a double dose of prevacid. I know you're going for your endoscopy on the 14th, if you're worried don't be! I'm so anxious and I can honestly tell you that I would do it again tomorrow. As far as triggers, I need to be a bit more vigilant because I love my coffee and sweets, but do try to stick to a generally bland diet.

If you have any questions, write me any time...I'll be thinking of you on the 14th!! Let us know how it goes!

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   Posted 11/8/2011 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   

They can kind of tell by feel how the LES is. Not the most accurate way, I believe, though.

Take care,
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