What to expect during endoscopy?!

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hearty
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   Posted 9/12/2005 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor has been trying to get me to have this test done since January!!  I am starting to see the benefits....mostly because of this site.  I would appreciate hearing about it first hand from those who have been there.  They told me they would spray my throat and give me meds (the pain one and the one to keep you from remembering) and that the procedure would take 3-4 minutes.  The paperwork to sign had some scary stuff written on it, but I guess they have to do that with any procedure.  It sure would be nice to get a certain diagnosis, but according to some of you, you could have a negative scope and still really have gerd.  So....why do the test?  Please help.

Teri16
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   Posted 9/12/2005 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hearty!

Basically, the info you have re the test is accurate - the stuff they spray is sort of like Chloroseptic, except worse! lol They inject the med.'s into your IV and you are asleep til it's over and they wheel you back to your room/cubicle and you'll be home in a couple of hours from there!

I went shopping at WallyWorld right after I had mine done. So no real after effects.

The endoscopy shows several things, inflammation of the esophagus, the stomach lining, ulcers, Barrett's esophagus and cancer. If there are any areas that look suspicious they will do biopsies. This is just an extra precaution to make sure all is normal

When are you having yours done? Let us know, okay?!
Good luck and best wishes,
Hugs, Teri :)
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CathyA
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   Posted 9/13/2005 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hearty,
I've had a number of procedures and surgeries, and I think the endoscopy was the easiest! It happens really fast, and you don't remember much, and then you feel fine afterwards! Even if you do still have GERD, at least you will know there's nothing worse down there, and that your GERD hasn't caused any noticeable damage.......which is a good thing!
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