endoscopy fears

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BKauff81
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   Posted 1/11/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.
I am scheduled to have an endoscopy next Thursday Jan. 18 and I am, to say the least, apprehensive.  I have been told that it is no biggie but the thought of someone running a tube down my throat does not fill me with warm feelings.
So, what is it like?  Has anyone here had one and did you freak out before hand?  What exactly happened?  I was told my throat would be sprayed with a numbing agent.  Was the numbing spray a problem for anyone?  How hard is it to swallow?  Do you remember anything about the test?
Sorry but I am so not looking forward to this. sad
Thanks in advance.
Beth

poobear
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   Posted 1/11/2007 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband had one yesterday.. He was back in the room with me in less than 30 mins. It took a total of 8 mins for the procedure.. They gave him a valium before hand to calm his nerves.
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possitive
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   Posted 1/11/2007 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one last month,and i was so scared also.But they put me to sleep and i didnt feel a thing.You can call your Doctor to see if you will be put to sleep(Twilight)They found that i have Barretts so now i will be checked with a scope yearly.I go next month for a PH study test(Scope)and im not worried because its not as bad as people think.Ask to be put in Twilight. Tammy
 


friendlygal
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   Posted 1/13/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
possitive, you seem so relaxed for someone who has barrett's. did the doctors say that you'll be ok?

hope so...friendlygal

BKauff81
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   Posted 1/13/2007 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies!  I have been told I will be given a sedative and the Doctor knows I am scared.
One thing I have heard from others is that my throat will be sprayed with a numbing agent and it is hard to swallow.  Did you have this done and how weird does it feel?  Can you still swallow?  How long does it last?
I will be so glad when this is over and then I can add another thing to my "No need to fear" list tongue
Thanks again!
Beth

possitive
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   Posted 1/14/2007 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Friendlygal,I have to try and stay relaxed.I had Breast Cancer,Chemo,Mastectomy and other surgeries all in one year(2006)The Barretts is precancerous and i also now have a large Hiatal Hernia.I have to stay possitive and calm and thank God for carrying me through this journey. Beth the numbing stuff for your throat is yucky tasting but its not bad. Tammy
 


PiaSava
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   Posted 1/14/2007 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok.. I am a BIG BABY, and I was soooo scared of having my upper scope. The first thing I told my doctor when I got into his office was how scared I was and that I wanted to be sedated. He just smiled and said that things were going to be fine.
 
I had the spray in my throat... they have a long "straw" on it and spray it directly into your throat. You swallow once or twice and you are numb. You hardly taste it. After that they place a small mouth piece between your teeth and you bite on it. Then the doctor puts the scope in through that and you are told to swallow. I was so scared and then surprised to find out that it wasn't that bad. The worst part of the procedure is actually when they get into your stomach and move around. You gag a bit, but if you can tell yourself to calm down and you listen to the nurse, even that passes quickly.
 
On a scale from 1- 10 I would say 4-5. I had no pain only an unpleaseant feeling. So as my doctor would say; You will be fine... :)
 
Good luck and let us know what you think when its done.
Hospitalized with Infectious Colitis.
Colonscopy showed ulcers.Diagnose changed to either UC or Crohn's
Whatever it is, I was told its mild...
Medication Asacol 1x3 
Never had a good follow up - no small bowel test at all.
Gastroscopy was normal, but Still have a burning feeling in my stomach.
Looking for a doctor in Oslo who knows what he's doing atm.
 


kathy_in_wlsv
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   Posted 1/14/2007 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had an endoscopy on friday. The most difficult part was not eating for  several hours beforehand.  I couldn't eat after midnight  on Thursday, so if you can, get a morning procedure. Mine was set  for 4 pm, and because they were behind I didn't get up til after 6.
 
I had a bed in the endo suite, sort of like a bed in an ER. I changed into a gown. I left my sox on but nothing else, becaue you may wet yourself if you cough hard or gag hard.
 
They placed an IV in my arm, then took me into the procedure room. They placed a b/p cuff on my arm,  EKG monitors on my chest and a blood oxygen thingie on my fingertip.  I have small veins and they needed 2 tries to get the IV in, but that  really isn't a big deal. I get  Remicade by IV every 4 weeks so an IV is really not a big deal in my life.
 
I coughed when they sprayed the numbing agent, but it wasn't a bad  cough.
 
Then they turned on the IV and I got a dose of versed and the next thing I know I was talking to my hubby out in the endo suite. When I had an endo 3 years ago it was exactly the same. I think most places use conscious sedation and most people won't be aware of much of anything.
 
Just try to relax,  and it  will be over before you know it.
 
The dr came out and talked to us,  gave me a different prescription for  a proton pump inhibitor, and told me to see him in 2 weeks. They took biopsies, and noted the erosions were still there.
 
When I was done I went out to dinner with my  hubby, and then he drove us home.

BKauff81
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   Posted 1/16/2007 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies.  The closer I get to my test day (Thursday) the more scared I am becoming.
How long does the numbing spray last and is it hard to swallow?  Do you gag when they sray you?  How long after they spray your throat do they start the drugs.
Thanks again.
Beth

possitive
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   Posted 1/17/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
HI BETH,After they numbed my throat and had me bite down on a mouth piece,they sneaked the sedative in my IV and thats the last thing i remember.If they sedate you(Twilight)then you wont even know when the scope is going in your throat.I have to have it done now once yearly and now that i know i wont choke,Im ok! I had a Colonoscopy and Endoscope at the same time and i didnt feel anything.Dont worry you will be ok. Tammy
 


BKauff81
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   Posted 1/17/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Tammy and the all you other great people out there that replied.  I am such a big baby about these things  sad    If I think about it (and I was awake last night a lot thinking about it) I get myself all worked up.  I need to remember what you all have said and that it is a breeze.
I will try to post tomorrow to let you all know you were right and it was nothing :-)
Thanks again.
Beth

gpalmos
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   Posted 1/17/2007 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one done 2 yrs ago, I was scared so much, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. They put me to sleep, and when I awoke, I did not feel a thing.
 
Not bad at all.
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