I'm about to have an endoscopy on Friday. Really scared

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Been having pains in stomach 2 weeks and GD gave me pantropazole. Did help but I ate something acidic and had shooting burning pain go up my chest plus a pressure that would feel like spasms on upper stomach. Been eating bland food since doctor thought I had gastritis. However went to a GP and he thinks it might be an ulcer. Will have the procedure but I get pains on an empty stomach. I can't have food or my meds for the acid. It's at 2 pm! All day without food has me scarred that I will have pain all day prior to procedure. Googling everything also has my anxiety up the roof! Any suggestions??? Please need advice.

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    Call them and explain that you need an early morning appointment.
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      I tried but was explainined that the doctor could only schedule me in between patients. I hope he can get me in earlier if he sees how my pains increase on an empty stomach plus with no meds to control acid.
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    Hi I had my latest endoscopy on Monday. This was my fourth time and I was still very nervous. What I would recommend is to tell the nurses who look after you how you are feeling and also tell the operator. Ask for both sedative and some spray at back of the throat. Remember that you can breathe very normally so concentrate on that. When the camera goes in it will initially make you gag. Just let it. It is normal. Just concentrate on breathing normally. The nurse will be monitoring you and it will take between 6 to 10 mins. They are very quick and it will be over before you know it. Afterwards you will have a lie down then a cuppa and a biscuit. Hope this helps.
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    By now, you've had your endoscopy and I'm hoping all the worries were for nothing. I've just been reading this tread last night before my endoscopy this morning, so I felt like I should take time to contribute to all the positive experiences described here. As many of us would, I was very nervous as I did not know what to expect. I opted for sedation and slept through the whole 8!! minutes of the procedure :-) Don't remember a thing and was ready to go home 15 minutes after waking up. As many have said it on here, I wish I've known it beforehand and saved myself days of worrying about it!

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      Lana...I am doing the exact same thing you did last night! My appointment is tomorrow and I am a nervous Nellie. Reading how anxious you were and then this update has me calmed down a little, so thank you! I always seem to get myself so worked up. 😔

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      Yep, exactly the same as my experience, out like a light. Then it's all over, glass of water, cup of tea and biccies and the missus drove me home.

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      Thank you for that, I go in 3 weeks and I am really terrified, did you not remember anything at all, that's what I want to happen and a lot of stories on here have really scared me 😱

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