I had an appointment for endoscopy yesterday morning at 8:15am I was absolutely petrified and suffering from anxiety made matters worse,I had my consultation and then was taken through to the procedure room and all I remember was the nurse giving me the spray at the back of my throat,a nurse trying to put a cannula in my hand but there wasn't a good vein so it had to go in my arm...then the mouth peice going in and then I woke up in recovery and the nurse said the procedure was abandoned as I kept trying to pull the scope out...i don't remember this atal and I'm gutted that they couldn't do it. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
I wouldn't complain too much in your place. It's extremely rare that they'd abandon a procedure like this. The most common course of action (speaking both as a former nurse and a patient) would be to call in as many people as possible to hold you down so the procedure can be completed. This often results in a painful recovery, with the patient causing themselves minor injuries during the struggle. And in the less common cases (like mine) where the patient actually comes out of it with full recall, it can be very traumatic.
The problem with sedation (in which the patient actually remains conscious, even though they usually have no memory of the procedure) is that it can suppress the higher intellectual centres, which would encourage cooperation, leaving the more primitive midbrain in charge, with its fight-or-flight instincts. That's what happened to me. I knew perfectly well where I was, what they were trying to do and why, but I couldn't control myself. It took six people to hold me down in order to complete the procedure, leaving me severely traumatised.
To reassure others, this is a relatively uncommon course of events, and far more likely to occur in the over-65s, who can only be given a half-dose of sedation for safety reasons. (I was 69 at the time.) The vast majority of younger people - and many seniors too - come out of the procedure with no memory of it whatever, convinced they've been unconscious throughout.
I'd suggest that in future you either opt for the throat spray alone (in which case they'll give you a much bigger dose) or try to insist on a general anaesthetic. That's what I'll do in the event I ever have to have another gastroscopy - which I fervently hope I don't!
Some doctors will agree to do a scan (CT or MRI) instead of a gastroscopy. An MRI is just as accurate, though it doesn't offer the opportunity to take biopsies, of course. The other possibility is a barium meal or swallow, but this isn't very accurate.
Finally, look at how essential your endoscopy is. I've clearly had symptoms of GERD for 40 years (not the reason for the endoscopy) but have always been able to manage them with lifestyle measures. Remember that when a doctor orders an invasive test like this, it doesn't necessarily mean that he/she thinks there's something seriously wrong with you - though it can in some circumstances, of course. It's just as likely to be "defensive medicine" or, in some countries (like mine), even a desire to provide more work for colleagues in a mutual back-scratching set-up.
I’ve had two endoscopies done now. Both without anesthetic and just the throat spray. I have heard that anesthetic can make some people ‘act up’ without knowing they’re doing it. Consider doing it with jusy the throat spray. It’s not so bad really. They tell you if it gets too much to stick your hand in the air, and this signals you’ve withdrawn consent and they’ll stop right away. It’s usually in an out within five minutes and the worst bit is swallowing the damn thing since you’re mouth is numb.