Advice about upcoming endoscopy

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I have been unwell for several months now with upper middle stomach pain , bad heartburn bloating and burping, I have to go for a endoscopy in two weeks and I am very worried , i have heard lots of horror stories can someone please tell me about there experiencer and is it so bad

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    I didn't find it bad, Ive had two so far, you just need to relax and it's painless. The biggest problem is in your mind if you get too worked up about it and panic. I didn't have sedation but if your very nervous it might be better, though you will need someone to drive you home after.

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    I didn't find it bad at all, the prep was the worst part. I would not even consider having it without sedation though, it really does relax you and I watched the whole thing on th e screen, slight discomfoirt at one stage but not really pain, The staff were all lovely to me too, Good Luck!
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    Had loads of endoscopies over the last 21 years. Not pleasant but quite tolerable and they're all over in a matter of minutes.

    Most people would opt to have sedation. It doesn't knock you out but you don't remember much about it - and many fall asleep under it.

    Sedaation doesn't work for me so I just concentrate on breathing and remaining calm till it's over.

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    Hi ashwhisper

    I went for both endoscopy and colonoscopy. I was absolutely terrified and went on line rereading reviews (made matters worse!)

    I opted for slight sedation. I can honestly say with hand on heart, I cannot recall anything! No pain, no gagging (I gag just opening my mouth for the dentist!)

    No groggy feeling after the mild sedation. I couldn't believe I had fretted so much only to find it was over and done with. ..and I couldn't remember it! I mirrored your symptoms. Mine came up clear. The hospital consultant said my symptoms were caused by my depression. Please don't spend any more time worrying. You will not be in any discomfort xx♥

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      In my view, opt for mild sedation, you won't feel a thing and you won't be unwell after eg sedation wears off quick. Within 30 mins I was on my way home! No way with my gag reflex could I have done it differently. Plus I'm a whimp and didn't want to feel anything lol! ♥
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      Hi ash

      it's so mild, up after 5 minutes! Puffing on my e-cig and out of the door. It's nothing like being knocked out with a major anaesthetic. It's very mild, and the beauty of it you don't feel a thing. You will be right as rain straight after! No driving though as although you feel fine, your natural reflexes will be poor for a little bit. I also read your throat can be sore after. Mine was fine, electronic cig and coffee within moments of getting home (hospital was 3minute walk away)

      You will be fine! Not saying that to make you feel better...its a fact! ♥

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