OK, my turn for endoscopy fear

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Hol1979
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   Posted 9/11/2006 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I read Autumn's posts and had even spoken with her through email, both concerned over the endoscopy procedure. She had emailed me to say that everything went smoothly, but it still hasn't eased my fears, and I'm just as scared, if not more. As I read the form that my husband has to sign that says I could be punctured and bleed or die, I freak out and say I'm not going. I try to make bargains or come up with excuses, saying how my GERD is now under control, which it is for the most part. I have Lyme disease which makes me more sensitive to things as well, so I'm afraid I will have a reaction with the sedative.
 
I'm also scared something nasty will be shown since stomach cancer runs on my father's side of the family, even though I'm in my 20's...but that's another story. With the Lyme, I have developed a slight case of hypochondriasis.
 
All of you who have had the scope really do not remember a thing?
 
And the risks are very low for the procedure?
 
Anyone want to either help me with the fear or tell me that I don't have to go? tongue
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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 9/12/2006 2:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hol,

I am a nurse who works in day surgery and we do these procedures every day. The risks are slim to none. In my 5 years of working in day surgery, I have never seen anything go wrong. The procedure is very safe. Obviousley things can happen but its so rare - but just think about it, its the same risk as taking a tablet eg; a painkiller. We dont know if we will have a side effect or reaction from that tablet. Do you know what I mean? There are risks to everything we do in life and everything we take.
You do have to go for this appointment and you will barely remember anything at all, probably just walking into the room and lying down. You are well sedated throughout the procedure and there is always a nurse sat with you the whole time to reassure you and make sure you are ok.

I can understand your fears, I really can. We had a training day once and for us nurses to understand what patients were going through, we all went through an endoscopy with just throat spray and no sedation(as youc an do it that way). It wasnt bad at all, took minutes, thats it! Every patient I see has the same fears as you so they will expect you to be nervous.

Take care and please let us know how you get on.
Victoria
 
 
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Joan M
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   Posted 9/13/2006 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, the first time I had it done without a sedative, it was nothing. However the second time I had it done without a sedative, there was a broken blood vessel. It was HORRIBLE. I had spasms and everything but now I think I am ok. I had to get a new GI doctor and he took his time with me and told me to stop taking the reflux meds. He will give me the bravo test the next time to actually measure the acid in my esphoagus. It will be ok. I am getting transportation from the senior community center here so I can take the sedative this time. Hope everything works out. It will be over six months for the blood vessel to heal. It is probably from coughing. I had a spot on my lung too and it also turned out to be a broken blood vessel from coughing. I am an asthmatic and have been since 1983.
 
Let's just be a band of throats and root for each other!!!! Sending good vibrations to all.

Post Edited (Joan M) : 9/13/2006 7:34:10 AM (GMT-6)


Hol1979
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   Posted 9/13/2006 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Eek, the broken blood vessel sounds scary! :(

Victoria, thank you for relaying the experience you have working as a nurse, and Autumn for telling me from her firsthand experience too. And I am too one of those people who always seem to not have the odds on my side. For instance, I got a tattoo, and 1 in 100,000 have a reaction to red ink. Well, one of them was me. Arrgh.

I'm still so scared.....don't want to go.
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Joan M
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   Posted 9/14/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Now I know I must be brave and I am not scared and that's final. However, I can understand others being scared.
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