I just had an edoscopy done last week without any IV medication at all. The reason for me not going under was that I have a neuro-muscular disease that has made my breathing pretty bad, so they were very concerned about reducing my breathing anymore, so I decided to do it completely awake.
They sprayed the back of my throat with a numbing agent, put something in my mouth to hold it open, then he stuck the camera/tube down my throat. It wasn't pleasant, but it was bearable for me. The procedure took only about 5 minutes, and he even stuck a tube down to stretch my esophagus. If I had a choice in the future, I would stay awake again. They can give you a relaxer too that doesn't put you under, but I chose not to have anything.
I personally think I'm a whimp when it comes to pain, but I think everyone is different when it comes to his tolerance. I've just been through a lot of procedures in the last 3 years, this is middle of the road in terms of discomfort for me.
kman, Do you mind if I ask if you have MG? One of my best friends does and she has to have procedures done without anesthesia. She is now going through plasmaphresis. You can email me if you want.
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