Pain after endoscopy? Chest pain, discomfort swallowing

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I had EGD yesterday with sedation. Felt pretty much fine yesterday, minus a little chest discomfort when breathing in deep. Today I've had no appetite and have discomfort swallowing, and a persistent discomfort in my chest. Waiting for call back from doctor. In meantime, reading about perforation and wondering if this sounds serious. I don't want to go to ER for a bunch more tests if this is normal. Does anyone have any experience with pain like this following endoscopy? Thanks very much.

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    Hi Penny, doesn't sound remotely like perforation to me. (I'm a former nurse btw.) Perforation would cause sudden unbearable pain, and you'd collapse in shock.

    All kinds of reasons why this could be going on. I'd say you can afford to wait for your doctor to call back unless there's any serious deterioration.

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    Hi Penny

    i hope you've had the call and has put your mind at rest. It doesn't sound like a perforation I don't think. More likely the after effects from the scope the procedure itself, the air that is blown inside to aid viewing and maybe biopsies. It should settle over the next few days. It can be quite traumatic for some people and that obviously has an impact on how you feel afterwards. Rest and recover and hope all is well.

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    Sorry to ask but I have same thing as you after endoscopy day before yesterday. Did your pain go or did you see your doctor or have to go to A & E. I'm really scared it's caused something and I don't know what it could be. I'm calling my doctor tomorrow though.

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      Hi, sorry you're having pain. Mine did go away fortunately, it basically faded slowly over that next day or so, and everything has been normal since. I did call the GI doctor and when he eventually called back he didn't seem to understand what kind of pain I was talking about- but he didn't think it sounded serious and by the time he called back I think the feeling had stopped. Good luck!

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    Hi penny! i am hoping you will see this as i am having similar discomfort. I had an upper endoscopy, and right after i was fine and had a smoothie, however, i went and had lunch where i ate bread and i think that was a really bad idea...because from then on (its been 2 full days) i have had a strange discomfort in my chest behind my sternum, especially when i breathe in deeply. when i swallow i have the hardest time getting it down so i am discouraged to even eat. even swallowing water hurts...it feels almost as if I have taken a large pill and it is stuck (even though i havent). i cant tell if its gotten better since the procedure because i havent eaten much. is this similar to whar you felt?
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      Hi Jackie! Sorry you're dealing with that sad I actually had to go back and read my initial post because I'm starting to forget how exactly it felt after my endoscopy. I do remember how it hurt when I breathed in deep, and the general discomfort in my chest afterward, and it was very frustrating that the doctor and nurse I talked to acted like it is so uncommon to feel any pain at all afterward (whereas it seems like a lot of people have discomfort afterward). The only reassuring thing I found (and that would seem to apply in your situation too) is that the signs of a serious problem are apparently much more severe. My discomfort cleared up within a couple of days. I get the impression, from reading about this, that pain after endoscopy is a lot more common than doctors think? But I'd say to definitely call your doctor if you're concerned. Good luck and hope you feel better soon!

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      Hi jackie

      I had an upper endoscopy with some biopsies yesterday. I am feeling similar chest pain/ indigestion like symptoms as what you describe. It also feels like somthing I stuck in my chest when I swallow or eat. 

      Just need some reassurance that this could just be air trapped in the tummy or chest? Or if anyone else can shed some light. 

      Thanks so much! 

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      Please tell me this for better for you. I just had my endoscopy yesterday and I'm having the exact symptoms. The doctor didn't seem concerned. 

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      I'm so glad I found this discussion as I am having the same problem!  Had an endoscopy 2 days ago where they took some biopsies and also the doc said he stretched the esophagus a little.  (I was still groggy from the anesthesia and didn't ask him if it actually needed to be stretched!)  Anyhow, I had an endoscopy 10 years ago with zero after effects. But this time when I eat anything, as it reaches the point around the sternum, it feels like glass is going down - just sore and irritated.  I did call the doc who said "Gee, I never heard of that, doesn't sound serious."  Sheesh!  From reading this thread, sounds like some other people have had this same thing which helps put my mind at ease a little.  The reason for the endoscopy was I was having mild swallowing problems, where food was getting stuck in my throat, but I could get it down with additional swallows or some liquid.  Now it seems I've traded a mild problem for something worse!  At least I didn't have any pain before.

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      Had my endoscopy today. And then i had bread. Man it was hard to swallow and i'm feeling pain. I'm curled up in my bed right now as we speak. My throat is a bit sore as well. I still feel like the tube is still stuck in my throat. And some chest pains as well

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      Kay, bread is absolutely the worst thing you could eat directly after an endoscopy. Many of us find it quite hard to swallow even under normal circumstances.

      Try things like soup, yoghourt, mashed banana, omelettes, scrambled egg (without the toast) for the first few days, to give your oesophagus time to recover.

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      Hi Kay. I wanyed to ask how long your recovery time was? I had an ENDOSCOPY done yesterday, & I feel like im in worst shape than Yesterday. I have already had 2 Random Panick attacks today. My chest has major discomfort, I feel like its tight!. I spoke to the Nurse earlier over the phone when the office called to check on me. She kept saying to Eat a cough drop. I was like No!. I do not have Dysphagia(trouble swallowing) i repeated this twice. She didnt have a good answer for me, and Maybe didnt believe me, Idk. How long will I feel like this?. Ugh. Im stressedsad

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      Hi Leslie, 

      I had an endoscopy about three 3 weeks ago with a biopsy.  For at least a week afterwards I had chest pain, stomach pain and nausea.   I must say that I am feeling a lot better now.  Hope you do soon too. 

      ~Liz

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      Did you have difficulty swallowing? They dilated my esophagus. Before that I had mild intermittent difficulty...now it’s been worse😳

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      Hi Leslie, 

      No, that was never a problem for me.  Before the endoscopy I had intermittent pain under my ribs.  It wasn't severe but came on more frequently as time passed.  Doctors suspected gall bladder - then an ulcer.  But endoscopy discounted both those.  I am doing better now they have figured out what is going on, and I am on the appropriate diet. 

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      Hey norris , im having the same problem u had .. 

      Can u please tell me how long did the post endoscopy pain last ??

      And i did it cz i was having problems swallowing as well !! How did u solve that issue ?? 

      Hope everything is better now 

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      Hi lama,

      The post-endoscopy pain was very bad for about 3-5 days afterwards, then subsided a bit and was gone completely after about 2 weeks.  I still have swallowing difficulty.  Some foods are worse than others.  I tried cutting out chocolate which they say is bad for "silent reflux" which is what I was diagnosed with since I don't get heartburn.  That did help a bit.  But mostly I just eat slowly, chew food well, and take sips of liquid with food. 

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      Hey lama, I had an endoscopy done 2 weeks ago and I was having the same issues. Im still having minor discomfort in my chest behind my sternum. But the swallowing issues are gone. The things that seem to help the most initially were bananas, yogurts, and OATMEAL!!
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      Hi Brooks,

      I had an endoscopy about five weeks ago and I still have a sore chest. I did not have a sedative and the feeling is reminiscent of when the tube went down. There’s also still a slight swallowing issue. Is it possible the tube upset something else?

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