I have just come back from having a gastroscopy .......with sedation. I was so scared that I couldn't sleep for a couple of nights beforehand. My friend had been a nurse and told me several years ago that it was a dreadful procedure and it played on my mind I had a nightmare about it afterwards.
I've got a 'thing' about my throat being touched and can't wear anything round my neck unless it's loose. I've had two babies by ceaserean section, one an emergency so I'm not a wimp or a coward, it's just a psychological thing and I know I'm not unusual in this. Who wants a tube stuck down their throat???
Anway, apart from being a complete wreck while waiting for the procedure I can say with hand on heart that it was easy peasy and I would even have another one if I had to without a qualm.
The nurses and doctor were kind and understanding. I told her I wanted as much sedation as she could give me. The spray in the throat was a very strange sensation and that made me panic and the next thing I remember is waking up just minutes after the procedure. I wasn't even aware of them putting the mouthguard in.
So, I'd like to put anyones' mind to rest who's waiting to have one and is as worried as I was it REALLY is NOTHING to worry about. The worst thing about is in our imagination.