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I have been suffering with stomach issues for a little over 3 months and today was the day for my endoscope. I have a BIG fear of being put to sleep so I decided to do it without sedation. I got there, they didn't put any IV line in but they checked my blood pressure (which was apparently "Sky High". Probably to being scared out of my wits!! Anyway, I got in there, they put in some terrible tasting throat spray that numbed my throat, then some thing between my teeth. Turned me onto my side and put the tube in.. It was uncomfortable, but I didn't gag! Once it was into my stomach he put air in and instantly i felt like belching. The hardest part was just staying relaxed, the more I just relaxed and didn't try to swallow.. the easier it was. They took some biopsies (10 in total from all different areas), then pulled the tube out and it was done. Was it bad? Yes. Did it hurt? No, just felt like something hard moving around in my stomach which was weird. Would I do it again unsedated? Absolutely. I walked out of there within 10 minutes of it being complete. The test itself was probably 5 minutes of being extremely uncomfortable. I feel a bit of a sore throat now and my stomach feels a bit sore like something was in it, but thats natural I think. I have high anxiety and if I can do it unseated, then anyone can! I am proud of myself for going through with it. Visually everything looked "normal" so now I wait for the biopsy results and the next step to figure out whats wrong!
Hopefully this was helpful for anything thinking about being unsedated.. Don't scare yourself by googling like I did!When you see how high everyone else is afterwards you'll be glad you did it unsedated and can walk out of there right after!
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