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mumof2monsters Thu 15-Sep-11 14:30:43

Hi
I have to go to hospital for an Endoscopy after having upper pain in the stomach and GP thinks it may be an ulcer.
I am scared about having an Endoscopy as I stupidly went on the net and there are some scary stories and experiences and now I am worried about it.
Has anyone had one and what can I expect. Feel like a wuss as I have given birth twice and actually enjoyed the experiences but this scares me.

itsallgoneabitMrBloom Thu 15-Sep-11 14:51:42

I had one, you had the choice of throat spray or sedation, you are in much less time with the throat spray. They will talk you through the choices and pros/cons etc
It was over in about 20mins, it was not too bad swallowing at all it but I did find that I was gagging on it while they were in there.

I would have one again if needed, I am not sure if I would request a bit of sedation next time though blush but everone is different and it was nice to be able to just go after and interesting to listen to the consultant telling me what was going on in there with just having the spray.

The staff will put your mind at rest and were very kind and reassuring to me when I had mine.

piprabbit Thu 15-Sep-11 14:56:13

It was fine - don't remember much about it TBH.
Just drifting away (sedation) as the procedure began and waking up again afterwards.

RichTeaAreCrap Thu 15-Sep-11 16:38:05

I had one not long ago. I would really advise going for the sedation.

They spray your throat with something, put a needle in your hand and next thing you know its done! I was absolutely petrified of having mine done, but honestly, its fine with sedation.

You have to stay for about 30 minutes after its done and as long as you are ok they will let you go home then as long as you have someone to drive you.

Nospringflower Thu 15-Sep-11 22:02:54

I had one with sedation (despite them trying to persuade me to have the throat spray) and I found it really horrible. If I had to have one again I would ask for much more sedation as other people said they were really drowsy and couldnt remember but I remembered everything and was told at the end what they saw etc. I dont want to make you feel worse about it but think you should be aware as I really thought I would be fine.

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