barium swallow

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hi i have now been booked in for a barium swallow just wondering if anyone has had this done

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    Yes, years ago. It didn't involve anything more traumatic than fasting overnight, then drinking a beaker of stuff that tasted disgusting while I stood on a kind of movable platform. Then they X-rayed me while tilting me into different positions. Didn't take long, and no after-effects - apart from recognising the stuff on the way out!

    Having experienced both, I can only say I'd prefer this to endoscopy any day.

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    I had one recently and it was nothing! The drink is better than years ago! It's like a milkshake but slightly thicker! I had an endoscopy two weeks later and that was nothing! They sedate you and in 20 min. U are awake! No side effects, no numbing! They spray

    your throat while you are sleeping and it's fine before you wake Up! Believe me I am a big baby and I can say neither one was bad! Nest of luck and dont be freaked

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      I'm a big baby, too, but it's the idea of NOT knowing what's happening that bothers me. Know thyself, I guess.

      I can only say that, for me, being awake ( unsedated ) suited me fine. I'd no idea what I was seeing but found it quite reassuring to be given a guided tour of my gut. The NHS staff were lovely and said I was their easiest patient that morning.

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      If I ever had to have another gastroscopy - which I devoutly hope I never do - I'd insist on staying awake too. I wasn't given a choice, got a half-dose of sedation (as I was over 65) which didn't work, just made me agitated, but the staff assumed I wouldn't remember anything afterwards, so went ahead anyway.

      Sedation is absolutely fine if you're under 65 (60 in some hospitals) because you'll get a full dose and won't remember a thing. For older people it's hit-and-miss: some remember nothing, some are less fortunate.

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    Yes, on Wed. It's not that bad; they have improved the taste and consistency a lot since the last time I had it done.  Doensn't ake bot a few minutes.  First, they have you standing and take a big gulp of the liquid.  Then they have you lie down and drink some and swallow as fast as you can.  That was it!

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