endoscopy appointment nerves

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Logged onto the site tonite as Ive got endoscopy appt on 27 Oct 08 and Im dreding it sad I felt a wee bit better reading the comments, Ive had difficulty in swallowing and pains in what I thought was my heart, but Dr thinks its my stomach. Im scared that I wont be able to swallow the thingy. I cant bare the thought of it. I know its weeks away but the thoughts there. Can they spray your throat and give you sedation???

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    Hi Jasmine.

    I was lucky enough to have both the throat spray and the sedation, but I went to a BUPA hospital; not sure if both are an option with NHS. (my posting on this site is dated 11 Dec '07). No one person's perception of the experience is the same, but as you feel so apprehensive about the procedure it would be a good idea to opt for sedation for sure.

    Totally identify with your feelings as I was bordering on irrational paranoia (sp?) and had put it off for months, kidding myself and my doctor that symptoms had subsided, but it got to the point I knew something had to be done. Just as I had read on this site and been told countless times, the fear and anxiety is FAR FAR worse than the actual event. You will be treated sympathetically and after it is done, diagnosis made and correct medication prescribed, you will feel so so much better. All the best and let us know how it went.

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    Hi mina

    Thanks for your response and support, I often feel that when I'm stressed the symptoms and paranoia gets worse, this started a few years ago after the death of a very close relative, it stopped and then started again last november when I lost my granny(wee best friend), I'm hoping it is stress related. :o Sedation sounds good to me!!! I'll let you know how I get on. Take care XXX

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    To be able to have the sedation Jasmine, make sure you have someone to take you to the appt. and escort you home so they can stay with you for a few hours. Otherwise the hospital will not administer a sedation if you don't have someone to look after you. I felt fine after I left the hospital and in fact I ended up cooking a big meal for me and my friend - I was ravenous!, even though they'd given me a sandwich and chocolate ice cream!

    Away the jocks!x

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    hi mina

    Cheers for the info, got a folk booked, haha. Hope you enjoyed that meal you made for you and your friend too, and you deserved to enjoy every bit of it and then some smile and hope you got any follow up treatment & that your keeping better now.

    thanks again XX

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