Endoscopy Gastroscopy Without Sedation

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Hi All,

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"wink. 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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    There is a difference between sedation and being put to sleep. There was a couple ppl in here who work in the medical field told me(and others) the needs they use to "sedate" you don't really put you to sleep. They use them to more less relax you alot. Use other meds like verses to make sure you don't remember a thing. I did it with sedation but there was no anesthesiologist in the room. Doc gave me fentynol. Next thing I knew it was over. No memory of it at all. Felt like a million bux.

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    Glad it went so well for you. My experience, previously reported on here, was very similar. Like you I can't bear the thought of being unconscious. Must know what's going on, compulsive listener to and reader of the news!

    It won't be right for everyone but if you can persuade yourself to relax it then becomes quite interesting.

    Hope your results are reassuring.

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    I too had a Gastroscopy with throat spray, last week.

    I wasnt overly nervous when I went into the procedure room and felt confident I would cope.

    I began to retch as soon as the scope entered my throat. This went on throughout the procedure and when finally complete there was vomit in my hair and on pillow. I found the experience worse than Cystoscopy  and Hysteroscopy, that I’ve undergone in the past. 

    During recovery, the nurse overseeing my care commented that I’d had a particularly bad reaction and that everyone’s different, some cope but many don’t and it’s not a pleasant experience. 

    Prior to the procedure I’d trawled through these forums looking for information on patient experiences, coming to the view that it would be manageable. How wrong could I be! I would’ve preferred an hour in recovery, after being sedated, rather than a rapid departure for home. I was traumatised!

    Everyone has to make a decision on the best approach for them, but if I’d known beforehand how badly I’d react, I’d def have had sedation. I’m not trying to frighten, just be aware people.  Everyone’s experience is different. 

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      HI I went for a third endoscope yesterday the first two I had were manageable so I wasn't feeling to bad I was sedated but not given throat spray this time I don't know why I wasn't given throat spray . Like you I couldn't stop gagging and I to was sick more than than once I don't think the sedation worked at all I can remember everything and couldn't stop shaking after I now have a terrible sore throat everything I try to eat and drink is really painful. I hope your feeling better I know I also feel traumatised and I wonder why this to me it was so much worse than the first two times 

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    Maybe down to the operator?   Not that that is much we can do about that but we all have our strengths and weaknesses.

    In our surgery there is a nurse that is always called for for patients whose veins are unwilling to give blood and when I had a nasal bleed cauterised the procedure was ok but the first doctor to remove the dressing was hasty and it hurt; second time with another doctor it was painless.

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