First endoscopy

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   Posted 6/19/2012 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
omg..omg..omg.. It's on thursday n i am getting all panicky about it.. sad
I'm opting for the sleep thru process.. but how's the procedure like? Will they have me out hard or long?  Will I gag alot?? How will the results be?? Wild thoughts running thru my mind.. I feel so scared! sad

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   Posted 6/19/2012 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Big Breath and know you are going to be fine.  I had 2 scopes in one day and the medications worked awesome.  I had no fear or anxiety.

Prior to the endoscopy, the staff will review your medical and surgical history, including current medications. A physician will explain the procedure and ask you to sign consent. Before signing consent, you should understand all the benefits and risks of the procedure, and should have all of your questions answered.

An intravenous line (a needle inserted into a vein in the hand or arm) will be inserted to deliver medications. You may be given a combination of a sedative (to help you relax), and a narcotic (to prevent discomfort).

Your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen level) will be monitored before, during, and after the examination. The monitoring is not painful. Oxygen is often given during the procedure through a small tube that sits under the nose and is fitted around the ears.

I am sure you will have many others tell you the same thing - the Upper scope is over before you hardly know it has started.



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   Posted 6/19/2012 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
You won't even remember it. I've gone through two, and they did not bother me at all.

The anesthesia used in both of my cases was the type where you are "asleep" but you are really awake and can respond to commands. You don't remember any of it, so to me, I was asleep. It was very easy and they made it very comfortable for me. I went into the office, they put me on a bed, did the normal check blood pressure and all of that, then ran an IV into my arm. They wheeled me into the room and that's the last thing I remember. I don't remember them putting in the scope, or anything. An instant after I faded away I woke up in the recovery area. about 30 minutes later I was able to go home. I was very tired and couldn't drive, but there was no pain or discomfort at any time through the process. Never gagged since I wasn't awake. The procedure takes usually 10-20 minutes and you are out a little bit longer than that. Its very short. You'll be able to eat and basically do anything right after. (don't drive, you'll be very tired the rest of the day, you'll probably sleep a lot)

After my second one, apparently I had a full conversation with my doctor and my dad who had driven me there, but I don't remember any of it. Ha!

Your doctor will probably take biopsies, they commonly do. I got the results from both of mine about 2 weeks after the procedure.

Good luck, I promise that you will wake up after going... "I was scared over that??? It was nothing!"
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   Posted 6/19/2012 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I freaked out before both times to the point of near panic attack. Both times it was an easy process. One minute I was awake the next i woke up. I was really nervous about being sedated but I do not remember anything about the process and it wore off quickly once I was awake.  Your anxiety will be for no reason, trust me. I had one years ago and then another one recently. As I said both times, no issues. The people doing the procedure will distract you with conversation. You will wake up feeling pretty good! If you are worried about the results, it is better to know what is going on so that you can address any issues. Good luck, you will be fine.

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   Posted 6/19/2012 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi fireworks,please dont worry,everything everyone has said here is true,its not a bad at all.Its just the fear of the unknown.Ive had 6 of them done and only one was i sedated and im a really nervous person.Youll be fine,probably laugh after it at why you were so worried. All The best! Barry

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   Posted 6/19/2012 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an endoscopy about a month ago. I remember being given something to put in my mouth to keep it open, and the next thing I knew, I was waking up in recovery. I also had my esophagus dilated during the endoscopy and I definitely did not feel a thing! Unfortunately I think I'm going to need my throat stretched again because it's persisently tight, but the worst part about that is not the procedure but the bills that come after!

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   Posted 6/20/2012 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have lost count of how many EGDs I have had. All were a piece of cake. I only remember bits and pieces o a few.

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   Posted 6/20/2012 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Ive had 3. Two without being put under and the last one a week ago today (being put under). Being put under is way better. I also was very nervous and it was quite simple. Just get it done and get your answers so you can feel better.

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   Posted 6/20/2012 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I am at the clinic now.. hope I survive the ordeal..

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   Posted 6/20/2012 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
It should be over by the time you read this.
It wasn't so bad was it?
I slept through all three of mine even though the doctor said I fought him during the second one. I don't remember it at all. :))
Rest and enjoy a milkshake. :)

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   Posted 6/21/2012 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all! I survived..oh well, literally. lol. They DID NOT knock me out completely! I was still wide awake when they sprayed the numbing spray in my mouth. They put on a mouth guard for me and I was pretty sure my eyes were still wide open. Then suddenly lights off! And then I was gagging, opened my eyes 1-2 sec and next im off again.. This happened like twice and i hear them say its ok finishing... then its over.. I doze back off and once im out i feel concious already but they wouldnt let me go. I rested for 5 mins and i told them im READY to change and go.

It's been 3 hours ago and I'm starting to feel drowsy now... lol.
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