endoscopy and esophageal biopsies

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   Posted 3/6/2014 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been referred for an endoscopy which will be the first time I've had one, gastroenterologist said he would take several biopsies of my esophageas - just wondering what people's experience of having this done - does it hurt? I've also been referred for esophageal manometry and pH testing.

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   Posted 3/6/2014 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loulou,
Most people have sedation for their endoscopy, and you will be unaware really of what's going on and you will not feel the biopsies. I've also had an endoscopy without sedation and the biopsies were only a slight pinching - for me I find an endoscopy with no sedation fine, but if you are nervous and its your first one, take the sedation and enjoy a nice sleep after, I promise you'll be fine.

The manometry is not particularly pleasant it's a tube that goes down your nose and gullet and into your stomach, you then have to swallow water at certain times making sure you don't swallow in between - so either slightly bite your tongue or breathe with your mouth open in between the swallows - although its not pleasant it's over in 10 minutes.

The PH test is another much much thinner tube put in where the manometry was, this is attached to a battery pack and you wear it for 24 hours, any time you feel a symptom you press a button, I would eat as much food as possible to set your reflux off

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   Posted 3/6/2014 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you that is reassuring - i'm afraid i've read too many horror stories on the internet which has put me off having the tests but I know I need to have them done.

Will report back once i've had the tests done.

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   Posted 3/6/2014 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I've never had any problems or pain from biopsies with an EGD. I have a slightly sore throat for a little while after an EGD, but by the next day mine has always been fine.

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   Posted 3/7/2014 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you - that is reassuring.

I made the mistake of reading to many horror stories on the internet which isn't helpful!

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