I went in for my first ever endoscopy yesterday and it was the worst medical experience I've had.
If you go for one make sure you have the throat spray with gas and air, i chose sedation alone (i thought they automatically did the throat spray with it but apparently it is unsafe even though I've read about over peoples pleasant experiences with the combination of the two) and it was awful.
They put the needle in my hand, fine, then they just started to sedate me and the next thing i know shes putting the camera into my mouth - i was not ready at all - i started choking and struggling with 2 nurses holding me down, she pulled it out and added more sedative - then within 2 seconds was back in again! I once again was gagging, sitting up, pulling out the tube and pushing the nurses away, she pulled the camera out and i was sat there crying and confused (due to the medication), i was then wheeled out and told they could only do a small check as they had to finish early due to me struggling.
When I was waiting in the recovery ward in tears and shock trying to calm down, another woman was wheeled in and woken up from her sedation (clearly sedated enough unlike me) and said 'is it over? that was quick' which angered me as mine was such a nightmare. I'm now angry at myself i couldnt remember my exact feeling.
My advice - throat spray and sedation (if allowed) and if not - gas and air, it wont be nice but it'll be better than just being a little bit sleepy!
I have been suffering with nausea, stomach problems, IBS symptoms and anxiety for months and I just want to know whats wrong, I think the doctor was wrong for sending me for an endoscopy as I think my issues are an imbalance of hormones or an anxiety related issue. Shaken up today, hoping for a better experience next time I visit the doctor.