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Old 05-05-15, 08:32 PM   #1
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I know this is not a medical board but I had posted in one and got no answer. Also I don't see anything about this in the rules unless I misunderstood (I am very out of it due to my worry)

Long story short I feel like I made a big mistake. I've been having digestive problems for a while now. My GP was lazy. She gave me a blood test and the blood test came out mostly normal. She just prescribed me PPIs after knowing about my symptoms (so the blood test seemed to have nothing to do with it). I'm pretty anti-medicine anyway but I'm not satisfied with taking medicine and not knowing why the heck I have it or what's going on in there. So I went to a gastro doctor, he ordered me an ultrasound and an endoscopy (still don't understand why he did both, wish the ultrasound told me all I needed to know because I know that will be a piece of cake)
Even after researching it and seeing tons of comments about how it's not as big a deal as it seems and is perfectly safe, I still feel like cancelling. I really do want to find out what's going on but I'm way beyond scared. The form they have you sign is what really started my fear. I know the chances are 1 in 1000 but it's hard to tell that to someone who has an irrational fear (this is someone who is scared to learn how to drive and is still iffy about going outside when I see lightning streaks). I feel like the word sedation is what really makes me anxious. Apparently they automatically sedate you. Is that a good thing to not be aware of what's going on? What happens if something goes wrong? They may not spot it and I won't be able to tell them. Also if I'm technically awake I might still fight it because I'll have no control over the situation. I have heightened senses so maybe due to the discomfort sedation is best but at the same time I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the idea of not knowing what's happening especially if I might end up going to sleep. Plus I obviously have concerns about the sedation drug being safe.
Worse yet if I make it out alive if they don't find anything I'll be left with more questions than answers and all that anxiety will be for nothing.
I know in life you have to take risks sometime but I guess it's the idea that they have to put something in your body that doesn't belong in there (the camera is apparently not that small either)

I don't know why I'm writing this because I feel like there's nothing anyone can say that will help ease my mind but I really don't know what to do. If I tell the doctors of my concerns they might think with how scared I am it's a bad idea to go through with it and then I will be back to square one. I can't even see the therapist about this because the soonest she has is after the appointment.

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Old 05-08-15, 03:51 AM   #2
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Thats too much overthinking. Endoscopy is really easily handled routine procedure. You will do good. Dont cancel out
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Hello Nickchick. I have had an endoscopy without sedation. It was uncomfortable ofcourse but nothing major to worry about. It is shortlived and if you relax your body you will be just fine.

More importantly, having an endoscopy might in the end result in tackling your digestive problems. So if you picture how your life would be without those problems you will be better able to go through with it.

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I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy at the same time. They knocked me out, so I was worried about that but they didn't use a lot and I woke up and was perfectly fine and left the hospital about an hour after the procedure with no problems. There was not even any discomfort afterwards. I thought my throat might hurt but nothing hurt at all. The even took a biopsy of my stomach lining to check for H. Pylori and it was fine too. They said I could eat anything that day except spicy food or chips. I admit I was kind of scared having something go down my throat, because I thought " what if I gag?" but they gave me this gargle stuff that was bitter that was supposed to numb my throat. and of course I was asleep, but honestly it felt like I was only asleep for like a minute and then I was awake and it was over. And they show you pictures afterwards...internal stuff :) Kinda weird but interesting :)
don't cancel, cause maybe they will find out what's troubling your innards. Once you get that test out of the way, the rest is just detective work :) Good luck! Don't stop until you are satisfied!
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Hello Nickchick. I have had an endoscopy without sedation. It was uncomfortable ofcourse but nothing major to worry about. It is shortlived and if you relax your body you will be just fine.

More importantly, having an endoscopy might in the end result in tackling your digestive problems. So if you picture how your life would be without those problems you will be better able to go through with it.

Good luck!
I have been determined to do it without sedation. I've been so scared that I tried putting my finger in my throat once to see if I could get used to the feeling of something being in my throat but here it is a day later and I still feel like my finger is there..can't stop thinking about it. I don't know if that was a good idea in hindsight because I have long nails but even so I don't think I put it too far down (just enough to hit the gag reflex I would think) if I can't handle my finger I don't know how I'm going to handle a camera when it's supposed to be as big or bigger.
I know they give you that throat spray but you obviously still gag or they wouldn't have sedation as the default. Also now I'm left with wondering is it beneficial to tell them that I put my finger there? I'm embarrassed I tried it now but I feel like I'm going to be guilty because maybe it's medically necessary to inform them as I may have hurt my throat and not know it. If I tell them is it possible they will think the procedure is a bad idea for me?
I cant decide if I should just let them sedate me. On the one hand I can have sleep anxiety sometimes and I don't like the idea of not being aware of what's going on while they're messing around with my internal parts. Obviously they are most likely experienced but I do know that things CAN happen so it's hard to trust your life with someone. On the other hand I have heightened senses so I'd imagine I will feel way more discomfort than the average person and may not be able to relax.

I am trying to think that this will only be closer to fixing my digestion (and maybe even fixing my life in general). It has been such a long road. I can't believe it's been about 2 years since I've had an unhealthy digestion system and I'm just NOW going to possibly get a more definite answer. For some reason the before is always hard. Once it's done it's done. lots of overthinking..hopefully all this anxiety will be worth it.

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