Going in for endoscopy next week-Scared-Feedback please!

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king1234
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   Posted 11/29/2007 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally went to a GI this am, and he said I am definately having an issue with Acid. He is puzzled why the Aciphex is not working this time around so he gave me prevcaid (sp ?) samples. He also is doing a scope on me on Dec 5th. I told him I am PETRIFIED of being put under or "knocked out". So he said he can do it with little or none, its up to me.
Can anyone shed some light on their expereince with an endoscopy. How long did it take, how did you feel, etc etc.
Thank you all for you continued support and feedback. It has been SO helpful!

HappilyWrapped
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   Posted 11/29/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
King1234:

Being "knocked out" for an endoscopy is not the same as anesthesia for a surgical procedure. You will get an IV when you arrive. They do not put you under deep enough for them to have to breath for you or hook you up to lots of equipment. If you choose to go to sleep, you are under a light anesthesia and the procedure takes minutes - not hours. I have many drug sensitivities and have severe hypertension, so I am an anesthesiologist's worst nightmare because they have to be careful with dosing and what medications they use. However, I was never petrified of going to sleep.

Your doctor is correct, they can do it with little or no anesthesia, but it's unpleasant. Not unbearable, but not something I'd ask for if I could be asleep instead. There's a recent posting in HealingWell by someone who recently had an endoscopy done and was awake during it - maybe you'll find it if you read through a few old subjects. I think it was posted within the last 10 days.

For my most recent endoscopy, before I went to sleep, the staff made me comfy and I was in a semi-reclined position - not laying down, but not totally sitting up and I was sort of on my left side instead of my back. Then they gave me some medication through the IV and I went to sleep. I awoke a short while later and had nothing more than a slight sore throat. I was home within 2 hours of leaving the house, had a light snack of poached egg and toast and felt fine. I rested for the day and didn't drive due to anesthesia, but the next day was a normal day.

I've had 2 endoscopies and am preparing for a 3rd. The first one was by a different doctor at a different facility than I use now. The first place was OK, but not great, so I understand your concern about being scared of being put under. However, the second place, which is the local hospital I go to now, was fantastic and although the procedure was the same, the atmosphere and everything else was so much better that it seemed like a totally different procedure. This doctor is so much better than the first doctor that I knew everything would be better the 2nd time. I didn't have the warm fuzzies when I met the first doctor, but I felt very comfortable with the 2nd doctor immediately. I have no fear of the 3rd procedure as I know it will be over quickly and I will not be "totally under"; just enough so that I don't feel the tube going down my throat or remember what's happening.

Most people say "that wasn't anywhere near as bad as I expected" when it's over.

Hope this eased some of your anxiousness about the procedure.

doghouse
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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I've had about 5 endoscopies. Sometimes they had me put a gown on my upper portion and keep my jeans/pants on...the last one I had I stayed fully dressed actually. They started the IV, wheeled me into the procedure room...I was talking to the doctor....they told me to roll on my left side...I was still chit chatting ...unaware the assistant was giving me medication through the IV...the room got a little fuzzy...the assistant put a round thing in my mouth and I handed it back to her saying something like "I have a story to tell" (apparently the medication makes me talk a lot) and the doc said "give her some more....."...the room got really fuzzy....then I woke up, procedure done, they gave me some apple juice and sent me on my way. I was SOOO hungry I made my husband stop at Jack in the Box on the way home. Of course the rest of the day I kept falling asleep, but it was all good.

I have a friend who went in to get one and opted for no sedation because he wanted to be productive the rest of the day. I told him he was nuts. He said because he didn't have any sedation they had him swallow some gel type stuff to kind of numb his throat, then they put the tube down.

The whole procedure I think really only takes 20 minutes or so.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you have been given great advice here.

Just relax, and go with the flow...I know, easier said than done. It is a quick procedure, and it will be over before you know it!

Please, let us know how it goes. You will be fine though sweetie, so try to relax.

Wishing you the best!
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kman543210
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   Posted 11/30/2007 3:32 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 11/30/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   

I had an endoscopy in September and like you, I was petrified of being "knocked out".  My mother had had the procedure and kept telling me it was not big deal but I couldn't relax.  For what it's worth, and this may sound weird--but being knocked out was almost pleasant!  Once they give you the meds you are asleep in moments, next thing I knew they were waking me up--I felt as if I had had a lovely nap (I am not a good sleeper).   My throat was a little sore later in the day--lasted less than a day.  I wish you good luck and good results.  

SHMT


king1234
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   Posted 12/3/2007 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your posts. Only a few days left till mine! Ugh, I am nervous and anxious at the same time.

Kman and Doghouse- I really do not want the heavy meds---I am scared to be put in twilight sleep and want to be awake. Was it horrible to have it done without the meds? What was the worst part? If you did it again and had the choice would you opt for meds?

Thanks again for your feedback

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   Posted 12/3/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
King...feel free to keep posting as the time draws closer, also, please tell us how it goes after the fact.
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kman543210
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   Posted 12/3/2007 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I think the worst part was when he stretched my esophagus, but this was at the end of the procedure and only lasted a few seconds. If I had it to do all over again, even without my breathing issues, I would opt to do it awake and without any medications at all. You can also opt to stay awake and just do a relaxant medication I think. Just make sure that they numb your throat like they did with me. I did gag several times throughout the procedure, but it went pretty quickly.

king1234
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   Posted 12/3/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Great, thanks so much Kman. I think I am going to do it awake since I am so nervous about the meds or being put asleep. Did you gag a ton when they put the tube down your throat or were you not really able to feel it due to the numbing? How long would you say the entire procedure took?

Thanks again for your feedback, its really helpful.

Bileman
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   Posted 12/3/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Just thought that i would let ya know about my exsperience with a Endoscope. Because I am on Methadone they did it without any medication. Well,,,they gave me a Valium to calm me down, but that was it. Its really over before you know it, and its not that painful, more uncomfertabe then anything. Good luck!!

Bileman

king1234
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   Posted 12/3/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much Bileman. Did you have a gagging sensation at all? I was hoping for something like valium to just relax me, not something to put me to sleep! How long did it take?

Thanks again for your response!!!!

kman543210
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   Posted 12/3/2007 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I did gag a lot after a while, but like Bileman said, it was more uncomfortable than painful. I didn't really feel much pain at all, just some soreness afterward. I ate Thanksgiving dinner the next day without any problems. I didn't take even valium, but you can ask for something to relax you. The doctor that did mine said that 10% of his patients opt to do it awake, and he had the procedure done on him awake a couple times.

The entire procedure from the point of inserting the camera to pulling it out was less than 5 minutes. It might take longer if they have to do a biopsy, but it shouldn't take that much longer even then. The tube that they stick down was about the size of a Sharpie pen I think.

Bileman
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   Posted 12/4/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad I could help King1234. It felt more like extreme pressure in your throat. I don't remember really feeling like I was choking, the nurse who was beside me, tried to keep my mind on breathing slowly and steady. It felt like it took maybe 10 min,,,I may be wrong, but it was quick thats for sure. Like it was already said, a biopsy make make it take a little longer. They did when I had my second one done.

LOL,,,Sharpie pen,,thats is pretty close,,,,Felt more like a baseball bat,,LOL

All kiding aside,, there is nothing to really worry about. I am sure you have a great Doctor, and it will be over before ya know it. Make sure you ask for drugs,,,might make the whole day a little better ...****

GOOD LUCK !!!


Bileman

king1234
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   Posted 12/4/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you guys again for responding. Tomorrow is the big day! Maybe I will opt for a wee bit of medicaiton. I guess I will make a "game time" decision.

kman543210
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   Posted 12/4/2007 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck, king1234!! Just to clarify, it didn't feel like choking at all, just the gag reflex. You'll just want to try and relax so it doesn't happen often.

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   Posted 12/4/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
kman543210 said...
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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