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So today I went for an endoscopy. I'm 22, and have been experiencing epigastric pain, and other problems for a while. My GP prescribed Omeprazole, which helped it a lot, and he also booked an endoscopy.
I'd read all the horror stories and honestly thought people must be over-exaggerating. I have quite a high pain threshold, and although I'm an anxious person, felt pretty sure I could do the endoscopy without the sedation (as it wasn't really convenient for me to be sedated anyway.)
I waited 3 hours in a boiling hot, cramped waiting room. The nurses attending to me checking my notes, seemed quite nice though. Eventually I was called in, I was starving hungry and thirsty having not been able to eat or drink since early in the morning, and by the time I was seen it was going on 4 o'clock (they don't seem to take this in consideration when making you wait for so long to be seen, as I get hypoglycaemic if I don't eat regularly). I lay down on a bed, and the nurse said "Right, she's having the spray!".. I got a mouthful of vile tasting liquid that I had to swallow. It didn't make my mouth particularly numb to be honest, apart from I felt like my tongue was swelling a bit.
Next thing I know, I have a mouthpiece in, and the tube was put down. It was so , I cried the whole way through. There is literally no other way to describe it other than you feel you are being suffocated alive. The tube feels massive, you can feel every manoeuvre, and you are continually convulsing with the amount of gagging, belching, and dry heaving. This, combined with the amount of sheer panic you have that you can't breathe properly, and not being able to stop the procedure... It was very traumatic.
They took biopsies of something, and the doctor oohed and aahed about an "enormous" something or other he'd spotted in my stomach. At one point the nurse behind me (not the one holding me down) started having a casual conversation with another nurse who just waltzed in. I was discharged pretty swiftly after this, in a complete state. My stomach is still full of air now (they pump it full of air, which just makes the gagging worse), and I am sore and worn out, having vomited twice since I got home.
I don't know if sedation would have made it any more bearable, but if you have the option of possibly alleviating the pain and panic, I would take it.I would most certainly not agree to have another endoscopy without sedation next time.
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