Upper endoscopy (EGD) Has anyone else had this back pain?

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Hi, I've been suffering from sudden heart burn, intense globus sensation and havn't been able to eat well without the feeling of food being stuck since early May. I was finally refered to have an Upper GI. Yesterday I had the upper EGD. Was brought into the preproom, had to put on a gown and nurse placed my IV. Then was moved to the room which looked almost like an OR room (without the big OR lights (Ive had C-sections). I had a mouth piece placed in my mouth so my tounge is tucked and allow for the scope entry.  The Doc read outloud my name, medical vitals, time whereafter the sedatives were given via IV.  (I was given percocet and versed and benadryl - this info was in my aftervisit). I started to feel the sedatives take affect where i was dosing in/out of it - I could still hear the music, I dont remember the insertion, but can hear faint noises in the background. I then remember gagging /dry-heaving and burping throughout the procedure where my eyes would open and see the screen - but was so out of it, it was almost like i was having an out of body expenrience.. It was so awful. I think since they didnt sedate me that much and was in a twilight that i remember this... Was given the images of my endoscopy. The report showed no a normal EGD, so no biopsy was taken from the esophagus, however I was told that biopsies were taken from my stomach to rule out Hpiloi?? ( I find it so wierd that i already had this blood test and came out negative ) When i was experiencing that intense gagging during the procedure and while opening my eyes here and there while doing so, i do also remember seeing a dark cluster of something - which i cant say what that was but left me wondering... and the GI doc didnt mention anything (again, so wierd). Anyhow, was told the procedure went well which i find bothersome, since they did not mention anything about me gagging. The rest of the day, I was really out of it - groggy, mild amnesia (on the ride home, i was dosing in/out and woud have vivid dreams with each dose). When i got home (45 min drive), my back (3" below my shoulder blades) was hurting so bad as if i strained my back really bad. It hurts so bad that would actually feel like it knocks the breath out of me - and when combined with some abdomial pain, it buckles me over. Today I feel the same, horible sore back (same spot) and it comes in intense waves of pain.. I called and was able to speak to the GI doc and all he said was that my procedure went well, look out for crackly sensation to the touch near chest/neck area, high fever or swelling.  I havnt any of these thank GOD, but this back ache is really scaring me .. He also suggested i have a CT scan if it doesnt go away by Monday (which is scary and i dont want any unnecessary radiation) Lastly, he mentioned it may be skeletal/ muscular when they turned me to my side - but that doesnt make sense since I was placed on my side before the procedure and before i was even sedated. I had also asked him how i did during the procedure and told him that i remember some gaging and he was vauge in his reply and said its commom that gagging occurs during EGD's which again is bothersome to me- since i remember this so clearly.  If anyone out there has had this before or have felt muscular soreness please share your story - i need some reassurance this is simply related to fighting this procedure. So sorry for the long message. Thank you!

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    Hi.  I just had an endoscopy last wednesday the 10th due to having GERD and reflux symptoms for the last couple years, getting worse and more frequent.  (Probably due to weight gain in the last couple years).  I have also been diagnosed with sleep apnea and panic attacks.  (heart attack symptoms that turn out to be nothing once they give you stress tests, xrays, numerous ekg's, troponin tests.  They ruled out gallbladder with a sonogram, and wanted to rule out esoph. cancer or ulcers, etc.  The whole thing lasted two hours....but when I woke up, they said I did not have GERD, did not have reflux, didn't have anything and my stomach and esophagus did not have ANY signs of having any of the above.  BUT...

    while in there, when they went to turn the tube around to look at the top of the stomach, they said my heart went into six seconds of ventricular tachycardia, and that ...and I quote...."next time you get this type of procedure or a colonoscopy, you need to have an anethesiologist present".  The doctor wrote that in her letter to me.  She said NOTHING about 'you better see a cardiologist"........

    After the lidocaine and sedation wore off, I started experiencing dull aches or cramping in my stomach and eso..no sore throat, but a lot of burping and light nausea.  It is now four days later and I'm still having those symptoms.  The burping has gotten more frequent, Im really tired...and now Im starting to cough up phlegm.  It hurts to breathe a little.  Tums, dgl, and/or ibuprofen don't relieve it.  I've called the doctor twice and she is not returning my calls!  

    I called my PCP and she said I should see an electrocardio doctor, so I asked for a referral?  Their soonest appointment was A MONTH AND A HALF AWAY...so I'm assuming Im not in any immediate danger of dying.  

    Im not vomiting and I dont have the stool you are describing.  Could she have poked the side of my stomach and scared the heck out of my heart?  I've read that stress can cause a heart to do that if you don't have heart disease....I'm under a heck of a lot of stress.  A husband who had two heart attacks this year and he's only 60...and a 93 year old father with dementia who just moved in with us.  I had a torn ACL in January, and am still using a cane for a stressed achilles tendon on the other foot...as well as having to find a house for all three of us to live in after selling ours in Dec.  There's more but you get the idea.  

    Could I be imagining all this?  I did see the EKG and yes, it looked like a VT episode.  Very short though if they are telling the truth.  

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    I just had a EGD yesterday my back is hurting so bad. It’s a different kind of pain I have ever experienced. I don’t know what to do. It still hurts to eat food. What can I do about this back pain it’s awful. I tried TENS unit, massager nothing is working I can barely walk. 
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     Hi, I’ve had exactly the same since I had a gastroscopy 3 weeks ago as I have acid reflux which causes me ongoing heartburn and pain in the chest. However ever since I have had this test, which caused me to wretch terribly , I’ve had pain in between my shoulder blades which hurts when I cough or sneeze. I’m wondering if because I was wreching during the procedure have I strained my cartilage in the chest wall, which can lead to costochondritis. I had an x Ray after this and it was clear, but my back is really painful. I spoke to my g.p asking if they could have left me with further muscular and skeletal pain after the procedure, and if they could have caused some sort of perferation whilst doing the biopsy procedure, he said yes it could be caused from it, but they don’t receive much feedback from people after they’ve had this surgery. I would love to know if anyone else has experienced this. Thank you 
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    I had an upper gi yesterday and the back pain across my shoulder blades is so bad it's hard to breath. The doctor said I had to be restrained and that my gag reflex was the worst he's ever seen, and he's done thousands. My abs, legs, back, neck and calves hurt so bad I can barely move. My eye lids have broken blood vessels. Is this normal? My doctor said it's from having to be restrained and gagging so badly.

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      Hi Marlana,

      I'm so sorry to hear about your experience. I'm speaking both as an endoscopy patient who was restrained and as a former nurse who on a couple of occasions participated unwillingly in this kind of practice. I regret now not having had the courage of my convictions.

      As to whether or not this is normal - well, it depends on the doctor doing the procedure. Some will stop if the patient is struggling too much, while others will order extreme restraint in order to be able to continue. Yours obviously fell into the latter camp.

      My own personal view is that this is an assault, pure and simple, which is why I felt very nervous when participating in restraint of this kind (though I knew I was covered by the doctor's insurance of course).

      What can you do about it? Probably nothing. However, since your doctor has admitted the restraint (and quite cheerfully it would seem from your account) I think it would be a good idea to consult another doctor immediately, or even go to A&E (ER if you're in the US) and report the injuries while they're still visible, in order to have them recorded. Your endoscopy doctor is unlikely to have kept a record of your complaint. Then you should write a letter of complaint, including a clear accusation of assault, to be sent to the endoscopy doctor via recorded delivery - so he can't say he never received it.

      How far you go after that is up to you, of course. I'd say your chances of successfully suing your doctor are approximately zero, especially if you're in the UK. However, I think that if more patients like you fired these "warning shots", hospitals would start to re-think their policy of restraining sedated patients during routine procedures when stopping the procedure would not endanger life. (Obviously the same considerations wouldn't apply to patients who are confused due to a head injury, psychosis or the effects of drugs and who are resisting life-saving treatment.)

      To put the other side of the argument, I know that a number of posters on these boards have said they appreciate having been restrained as it got the procedure over with quickly; and others who had the procedure discontinued because of their struggles and regret not having been restrained. Each to his/her own.

      For the future, I'd strongly suggest you have any future endoscopies with throat spray only, and no sedation. After my own experience - of which I have full recall due to inadequate sedation as well - I would be very reluctant indeed ever to undergo upper endoscopy again. However, if it was unavoidable, I'd opt for staying conscious. Most medical staff would rightly be very wary of restraining a fully-conscious, lucid patient. There's also the aspect that a fully-conscious patient would fully understand what was going on, and be less likely to put up a fight.

      Once again, all my sympathies from someone who still has flashbacks from her own experience. At least you have the advantage of not actually remembering the events.

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    I had and endoscopy on May 23 and have been miserable ever since. I have lost 12 pounds in less than 3 months. I suffer pain under my breast bone from the left side all the way around to the middle of my back when I lie down. I am convinced that my esophagus was punctured during the procedure. The doctor has answered no questions and does not look at me while talking to me. I have changed doctors and do not expect him to say anything against the doctor who did the procedure. He has tried to help me and has not been able to, so far.
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      I am experiencing the same pain. I had colonoscopy and Endoscopy 7weeks ago. Its not all the time. i feel fine for 3 or 4 days , than i get the pain again. I was wondering if your pain went away.

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    I had my Endoscopy done on Friday and since then my neck been very stiff had to go to ER today. I was told it is muscle spasms in my neck maybe from laying on my side during the procedure.

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      This is quite common when the procedure is done under sedation. By sedation, I mean intravenous sedation (benzos etc.), as opposed to actual anaesthesia, which is only very rarely used for endoscopies. I'm sure it will soon wear off.

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    I had my upper endoscopy in JULY and i still have pain my doctors have no solution. It was unnecessary and expensive and now its hard to get around or even breathe! IM 39 years old and have never experienced pain like this. i couldnt move for 6 weeks and i still cant lie on my side or life my arm above my head without severe pain. JUST SHAMPOOING IS A CHALLENGE. IM AFRAID OF SEEING A CHIROPRACTOR because the pain is so bad. ANY IDEAS WOULD BE GREAT.

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      omg i feel so bad for you! i also started having back pain after my endoscopy last year. it is 8 months and i can still feel the pain. are you feeling better now? best wishes.

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      Hello! I know this post is older but I was really hoping you could tell me if your back pain ever went away? It has been 4 months now for me. I am hopeful that it will go away eventually.

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      Unfortunately it's almost been 2 years since my endoscopy, my back pain is still here. it is not a sharp pain but a constant dull pain. i've seen many doctors had MRI. Nothing unusual is found. it is frustrating and i still think it is caused by the endoscopy. well nothing i can do for now. just have to live with it.

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      Oh my goodness. I am so sorry 2 years is such a long time. I am already losing my mind. Im 27 and have never had any health problems before this. it just seems crazy that this could be caused by an endoscopy. It makes no sense. I cant life the rest of my life like this.

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      i am very confused too and have no ideas why it is happening. i had some minor stomachache before the endoscopy but i never had the back pain. which part of your back hurts? Mine is in the middle more towards the upper part. and the pain can shift between middle left and right. i hope you will feel better soon !

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      Yes it is super confusing. My back pain is in the upper part of my back right in the middle. I also sometimes get dull chest pains. Have you found anything that helps your back pain? i have never experienced anything like this before in my life. I wish i would have never had the endoscopy done. I had mine done because I had this lump feeling in my throat and my throat would get sore and it would hurt to swallow. Turns out it was just silent reflux. I would love to go back and just have that lump in my throat feeling and not this constant discomfort.

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      yes i totally agree with you, i would never have the endoscopy done. My stomachache pain was not even that bad. my back pain is dull. sometimes it goes away but always comes back.i feel it on a daily basis. so far i haven't found anything effective to stop the pain. i used to think it is caused by acid reflux so i took medicine for that but it didn't help. it is very frustrating since no doctor can explain what is going on with me. Best luck to both of us. Hopefully one day it will go away.

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      Hi I am so happy you're still responding to these after so long it really helps us out.

      It seems like I am feeling the EXACT same symptoms. Never in my life have I had this. It all started the day of my procedure about 4 or so hours in later in the evening. (that was about a month ago) I randomly got pain in my back directly in the middle between my shoulder blades. It was dull, achy and somewhat had a burning feeling. It lasted for 4 days pretty bad... It seems to get better for a week and then it will randomly come back. It doesn't seem to be as bad as it was the first four days but I keep getting that same feeling randomly.

      I really hope it goes away and I will update you guys on if it does! Advil seems to help it a lot but I don't want to be on that forever. The only thing that is comforting about this is that I am not alone and can see that we all are experiencing the exact same things. I am sure it isn't life threatening but just very annoying. I see some people have it worse than me and I really feel bad for them! Hope you all get better.

      Looks like it has been another three months now. Is it better for you now Clare? How often do you get it, does it go away? How do you help the pain?

      Josh

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