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I've been suffering for a few months now with nausea and stomach pains, and after investigating for a lot of things, a blood test for coeliac disease has come back boderline. It has therefore been suggested I have a gastroscopy with a gut biopsy.
I am really really nervous about this, I am phobic of being sick and have a really strong gag reflex, and then cry and find breathing very hard as I panic if this is stimulated - my dentist has to refer me for anaesthetic anytime I need anything more than a check up because I find it too distressing. Even having the mouth guard put in to hold my mouth open at the dentists was unbearable and he had to remove it straight away.
Does anyone know if the procedure can be done under general? I'd feel a lot more comfortable about that. As my blood test was borderline can I request another to confirm before putting myself through this? Why is it advisable over simply trying a gluten free diet to see if that alleviates symptoms? Since my doctor has told me that I have been reffered for the procedure I have found sleeping and eating difficult as I am so nervous.
I am very seriously considering refusing the procedure because I am so anxious about it, so any advice or experiences (these seem to be mixed from what I've read, but all involve some gagging/retching which utterly terrifies me) you can give me would be appreciated.
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