i am SO nervous about my appointment 12th may 08!!!

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ive got my 1st endoscopy appointment on the 12th may and am absolutely dreding it! ive had stomach problems for a few yrs now, ranging frm indigestion to cramping pain etc. so hopefully something will come of all my 'problems' i also hav a cousin and aunty who have celioacs disease.

i have a ridiculous fear of 'bein sick' which ive had as long as i can remember, and am terrified to say the least of what is ahead!

i would very much like it if i could get advise on what to do/what to expect before,during,after the proceedure???!!!

i am most scared of being aware of the whole situation and of me supposedly retching/gagging and/or being sick!!!! :shock: :cry:

please re-assure me and tell me all the details please!!!!! i want to know lol!!!

(i can actually see myself being one of those ppl under sedation beating the hell out of the nurse/doctor or better yet, yanking the thing outta my throat!!!!)

:lol: please help!


annie xXx

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    Yes you could have a little ulcer or errosion going on in there. Have you read the leaflet : https://patient.info/showdoc/27000331 smile
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    Hi Annie

    Please try not to worry - an endoscopy is a very simple procedure and thousands are carried out every week. I know lots of people who have had them and haven't encountered and problems.

    You may get a choice of having a sedative or a throat spray which anaesthetises the back of the throat. If they offer a sedative, I would opt for that, but you would need someone to go with you and accompany you home.

    My daughter has a real phobia about being sick and is always ringing me in a panic for reassurance that she is not going to be!! :roll: So I can understand how worried you must feel. But there is honestly no reason to be.

    When you have your endoscopy you will be asked to lie on your left side. A small mouth guard will be put in your mouth and a tube will then be inserted. The doctor will ask you to swallow and then the tube will be in your stomach. I have NEVER known anyone to be sick - after all you will have been nil by mouth for some time. When the tube is in just try and relax as much as possible - it won't last for long, and if you are sedatd you won't really know much about it. It will all be over before you know it. The doctor will then be able to have a good look round and pin point the cause of the problem.

    Try not to worry - I know that is easier said than done - but you won't be sick!! smile

    Do let us know how you get on.

    Katie smile

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    Dear Annie, I totally empathise with you and your emotions as I was scanning the websites like crazy before my procedure (see my note \"My Gastroscopy yesterday\" dated 11 Dec & making myself even more scared with my vivid imagination on what was about to be done to me. Plse be assured that if you follow the instructions on fasting before your procedure, you most definately will not be sick. I opted for the sedation, mainly due to my nerves and I am glad I did, as my memory of things was sketchy to say the least. You will have to have someone to escort you home after, otherwise a sedation cannot be offered. After, you will be so proud of yourself and so happy that after all this time you have taken steps to diagnosing and treating the horrid symptoms you have suffered from for one and for all. You will be fine.
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    Thank you all for helping me understand the procedure a little more and for 'calming' me dwn!! :oops:

    i will take on board everything you told me n will keep running through them whilst waiting for my appointment!!!

    i will definately tell u how it went afterwards! knowing me, it wont be half as bad as i can possibly imagine it to be! although just like any1 the initial nerves overrides any sort of image or description of something, however simple it may seem!!

    my appointment has been moved foward to the 15th so will tell you all soon afterwards.

    Thank you again!! :lol: xXx

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    all the best for your appointment - the best advise i can give you is relax and take the sedation - this proceedure is there to help you in the long run!!
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    Youll be alright [b:437575fbab]annie[/b:437575fbab] its more strange feeling than horrible smile
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    how did you get on annie? let us know please!
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