Do I have Gerd? What is an upper Endoscopy like?

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Kate82
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   Posted 3/18/2014 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had bad symptoms of burning in my stomach for about 8 months now. It was a lot worse in the first 3-4 months, so it's not as bad now but it still can be at times (especially if I have a coffee or drink alcohol). I'm just not sure if it's GERD because I only feel burning in my stomach (not in my esophagus). When I was a teenager (I'm 31 now) I definitely experienced heartburn/ indigestion quite often and it seemed different than this. When I had heartburn as a teenager I definitely felt burning in my esophagus too. So is it possible to only have burning in the stomach with GERD?

I've had tests done (they came back normal) but not an upper endoscopy. I'm really scared to get an upper endoscopy, but I feel I should to see what is going on. I think it's likely I have ulcers. But still, I don't know and I surely don't want it to be stomach cancer or Crohn's disease or something.

The only thing that helps is eating raw cabbage. Everyone says to juice cabbage but I don't have a juicer. I would think eating cabbage should be just as affective as juicing it.

So can only stomach burning be GERD? And if anyone has experience with an upper endoscopy, please tell me your experience (good or bad). Do they sedate you so it's not so bad??

Thanks

Kate

Sleepyb
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   Posted 3/18/2014 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kate,
The upper endoscopy is fairly painless, (a little sore throat is all). Nothing to be worried about. A couple of my friends had it without even taking the drugs that virtually put you out. They wanted to watch. I took the drugs and no problems.
If you are worried about stomach pain have it done. It will definitely ease your mind.

Kate82
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   Posted 3/18/2014 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sleepyb, Thanks!

So they can almost put you out (do you know if they do "Twilight")? I wasn't sure how much they can sedate you because I thought you have to make an effort to breath out your nose? Because isn't it hard to breath out your mouth?

One more ques., How long does the actual procedure last?

Sleepyb
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   Posted 3/18/2014 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
It is a twilight, but I don't rember a thing until after it was over. Took about 20 minutes.

Pom Pom Mommy
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   Posted 3/19/2014 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
i had two endoscopies within six weeks. First was to find out why i was always so sick with reflux. Lo and behold they discovered a cluster of 7 peptic ulcers in the duodenum and one in the esophagus. I had another one six weeks after the Heilobactor tripple treatment and i was still sick. I am still sick today with reflux and pains in the stomach. The actual test is painless cuz I opted for the anesthesia. I cant do it without and I won't recommend it. i heard a woman gag screaming after me cuz she didn't do the anesthesia. I would urge anyone who is suffering from chronic reflux to do an Endescopy as that is the only true and accurate way to determine peptic ulcers. Peptic ulcers are the main cause of stomach cancer if not treated.
Degenerative spine and disk disease, nerve compression, osteoarthritis, osteochondrosis, spondylosis, Fibromylgia, Glaucoma, blind in left eye since 1984, Cataract right eye, Bladder incontinence, Chronic pain patient on Oxycodone 10mg x 2, Neuropathic pains in upper extremities and right leg, Pelvic floor disorder, swollan adrenal gland, Hersutismus hormonal Disorder, Chronic Peptic Ulcer

Kate82
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   Posted 3/19/2014 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both! I'm so glad twilight is an option! I've had that before for other medical procedures and I couldn't imagine having to be awake for those, or for the endoscopy. Ugh, my stomach is burning now even though I just ate a bunch of cabbage.


fedupgermany, I hope you get better soon. Oh wow I just read your bio at the end of your post, we have ALOT of medical similarities. I have spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 (I see yours in spondylosis though), I also have disc degeneration, bulging disc, arthritis in that area. And I also have pelvic floor dysfunction. Wow I don't meet other people with pelvic floor dysfunction very often (or ever!). I have pelvic floor dysfunction and pudendal neuralgia. Also I have hypothyroidism, and chronic fatigue syndrome (which I hear is similar to fibromyalgia). Thankfully after giving myself a lot of B-12 shots the past year and changing my thyroid medicine my chronic fatigue has gotten alot better. The fatigue makes me want coffee everyday, but now I can't because of the stomach burning. I miss coffee! Anyway, we sure do have some similarities.

Do you think your back is responsible for your pelvic floor dysfunction? I think it's a possibility for me, but I don't know for sure. I do know that when my back hurts really bad I tend to get my worst pelvic floor/ pudendal neuralgia symptom (it feels like an electrical shock to a "certain" area..ugh). Thankfully I don't get that particular symptom often. But I do deal with burning in that area pretty much daily. And I have to limit my activity a lot to prevent worsening of symptoms. I take neurontin and hydrocodone when needed.

I hope we all get to feeling much better soon!

Post Edited (Kate82) : 3/19/2014 1:10:13 PM (GMT-6)

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