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Hello everyone, 23yo male here, suffering with GERD symptoms for around a year, due to my age I've had to put up with "Ahh you're too young for this, try these tablets for 6 weeks and see if that helps" over and over again (Same two drugs interchanged about 3 times, Omeprazole and Lansoprazole) They've finally bitten the bullet and booked me in for a Gastroscopy. Here's the deal - I have an incredibly sensitive stomach, I've spent a lot of my life with emetephobia which only recently have I taken strides in overcoming. I've had a cystoscopy (As a male let me tell you that is no mean feat) and a colonoscopy and I would go through them BOTH consecutively unsedated rather than go through this.
I would run for the hills on this one but the chest pain, tight throat I've been getting is really impacting my life and causing serious pain. I know it needs to be done.
I have some questions I wonder if anyone who's been through it could answer...
1.) Can I ask them to put the dosage of the sedative up because I am nervous and for the reasons above don't want to be aware of a thing?
2.) I've heard some people report that they had failed endoscopies under sedation because they kept pulling at the tube, if they knock me out for 15 minutes, think it'd be okay if I told them they could hold me down?
3.) When they pump air into the stomach, do they suck it back out again as I get bloated easily, it triggers anxiety and a host of other nasties and I've never been able to burp
Problem is when the doctor asked me last month "What is your main concern" I said "That they don't find anything", because I usually think long term not short, but now it's approaching I wish I'd made him make a note or get in contact and tell them to put me under for this...
Can anyone help?
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