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Upper endoscopy am so scared help

Hi everyone so i have been having stomach pains for couple of years now

like my stomach is sore all the time and i don't even work out i eat fine i drink fine but the pain in my stomach just doesn't go away it is so sore that it feels really lumpy

i went to see a gastro doctor and she said lets to gastro i have seen the posts on here some of them did help a little

but did anyone get an infection from doing a gastroscopy after?

i am very scared to get sedation as i have heard horrible stories about it i dont want to choke i already suffer from headaches and i also have a pinch nerve in my

spine if i get sedation will it make these things worst?

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I had two endoscopys before my diagnosis three and a half years ago. I was terrified of the idea (i was having a coloscopy as well) and they were all done under a general anaesthetic. It's more work for the medical team but it can be done. But if you have constant stomach pain it makes sense to let someone have a good look at it. I assume that you've had an ultrasound? That was what they did first with me.



I was really worried about having an endoscopy, but I had a sedative and that was absolutely fine. The doctors are quite used to people who find the process daunting, and I am sure that once you attend the appointment they will reassure you and look after you OK. It is normally a safe procedure. I cannot see any reason why it should affect your pinched nerve in your spine, but I am sure that you can always ask for reassurance about this.

This may not help your anxiety, but an endoscopy is the easiest way the doctors have of diagnosing what is causing your other problem in your stomach.

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Confession ---- I am an endoscopy junky!

I have no recollection at all of the actual scoping (three times) but the sedation was delightful, a needle in the back of the hand, which I would guess was Fentanyl as the analgesic plus Midazolam as a sedative; followed instantly by 30 minutes of complete unconsciousness then about an hour of dreamy return to wakefulness in the recovery side-room. A cup of tea and you're done.

I have no idea what the custom and practice is in Canada but here in the UK most leading hospitals have an enlightened attitude to the management of anxiety and pain.


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