Chest pain after endoscopy!

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applejacks
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   Posted 12/26/2014 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys - hopefully someone can help me out!
I've been having lots of problems with chest pains after a nissen, so had an endoscopy on Monday to check everything out. Since then I've had a worsening of the chest pain - now Friday and no signs it is getting better....
Sooo I was wondering - has anyone else had chest pain after endoscopy? And if so how long did it last?
Ah and also he took lots of biopsies to check for eosinophilic esophagitis, if that helps.
Thank you :)

Andy1986
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   Posted 12/27/2014 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes its normal when they take biopsies, they basically use a crocodile clip to tear off a bit of the esophagus. From what I remember the pain didnt last that long, a couple of weeks later it was gone, though I had loads of problems with heartburn as well so it was hard for me to tell the difference.
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Sweetie UK
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   Posted 12/30/2014 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I was sore for a couple of weeks after my endoscopy - you try to relax - but it's not that easy! I think with a normal endoscopy you can get bruised inside - and with you having biopsies too - well you are bound to be hurting! Hope you feel better soon!

Christina_
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   Posted 4/13/2015 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey applejacks! I found your post while on a google search. Because it's been posted within the last year, thought I'd give it a bump and see if any of you guys can help me.

I had an endoscopy earlier today and since this afternoon my acid reflux has been terrible and I've had a dull aching pain in my chest. I've never had heartburn, but my guess is this is kind of what it feels like. Was this anything like your chest pain? They took a biopsy to check for eosinophilic esophagitis as well, so I guess that could be an issue, too. I get pretty bad health anxiety so of course that may be making matters wose!

Andy1986
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   Posted 4/14/2015 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Christina, did they diagnose you with a hiatus hernia? These can slide up and down, and with any wretching at endoscopy that can cause it to get worse. I remember when I had my endoscopy the dr said he could see my stomach herniating as I wretched.

Its most likely the biopsy site though, they literally cut out a chunk of your esophagus, so much like if you got a paper cut, it takes a while for it to heal over. If you have reflux then that will be irritating the cut but you should hopefully be symptom free once its healed if you didnt have symptoms before. Heartburn pain can be quite transient, sometimes in the chest, radiating to the side or even back. This is normal so no need to worry about it.
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Christina_
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   Posted 4/14/2015 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
No indication of a hernia. Took a biopsy for EE, as well a fungal sample for what is likely candida esophagitis (proabably caused by the steroids in my maintenance inhaler).

Fortunately, I haven't experienced any heartburn today, just a really strange sensation in my chest, like a lump in my chest. You're probably right- just my esophagus healing itself. I've had similar sensations in other area of my esophagus when I've had food or medication get stuck and irritate it. My GI doctor's office called me today to ask how I was doing, so I mentioned it to them and they said that's to be considered normal and the feeling should be gone by tomorrow. Resting a little easier now! The sensation this evening seems to be a bit better than in the beginning of the day.. or the headache from the diflucan I was prescribed is just causing me to focus elsewhere, haha.

Thanks for the response! I see from your signature you suffer from anxiety, so I'm sure you can relate to my paranoia about every body sensation a little bit, haha.
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