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has anyone had a general for an endoscopy procedure?

(26 Posts)
KirstyAndKeelysMom Mon 26-Feb-07 15:54:35

i am interested to know if anyone has had it.
i asked the doctors secretary to ask him if i can have a general and he said no. all he said was he would prescribe lorazepam (wow) like that will help.

feeling so peed off about this. i had a colonscopy done with sedation and still found the pain unbearable. i really don't think i will bother having this done. i am going to take my chances and hope everything is ok. they are testing for coeliacs disease.

Miaou Mon 26-Feb-07 16:12:55

Sorry to hear this KandK'smom.I was sedated for an endoscopy but found it wasn't sufficient - I wasn't in pain but a lot of distress (crying and shouting and struggling). The anaethetist said afterwards that I may have benefited from a bigger dose. That said, when I had my appendix out in Oct I made the same kind of fuss coming out of the anaesthetic - guess it doesn't agree with me!

I think you need to talk to the doctor and ask for some reassurance about what is going to be done and whether he can alleviate the distress/pain of the procedure. You really shouldn't be in such pain, there's no need for it.

jalopy Mon 26-Feb-07 16:20:12

I had sedation and didn't remember a thing.

KirstyAndKeelysMom Mon 26-Feb-07 16:30:59

Thanks for your replies

Miaou - i have 2 friends who have had colonoscopy and they said they couldn't remember anything about the procedure, yet i could feel the pain, and although everything was a bit vague, i remember it. it was awful.

one of my friend has had an endoscopy and said it was worse than the colonoscopy.

i am going to cancel the appoinment. i don't think i have coeliacs tbh. my friend lost a hell of a lot of weight before his diagnoses. i haven't.

Tiggiwinkle Mon 26-Feb-07 16:33:31

I have had one under a general several times. They tried to do one using sedation but I was too anxious even with that-my heart rate was so high they abandoned the procedure.

jalopy Mon 26-Feb-07 16:35:15

Kirsty, it's a shame if you have got this far to cancel the appointment. Just tell the specialist about your worries. I'm sure he will give you a stronger dose of sedation.
I know what it is like to have abdo problems so was very relieved to go thro' with the endoscopy to have everything checked. It was worth it.

RubyRioja Mon 26-Feb-07 16:35:47

FWIW My mum had to have a few endoscopies. I went with her and explained her reservations and ensured she was sedated (they often did it just with throat numbing spray). Obv it was not fun, but she was woozy for about half an hour with a slightly sore throat.

I don't think it has to be terrible. Why not speak to them on the day and leave if you are still unhappy?

KirstyAndKeelysMom Mon 26-Feb-07 16:37:34

thanks for your reply tiggiwinkle. i am so peed off. why cant i have it done. is it because it costs too much money go get the anethetist (sp?), or is it because they just want people in and out as quickly as possible. what do you think?

RubyRioja Mon 26-Feb-07 16:39:16

Endoscopies are v expensive (£1200) at our local clinic - we found out out of curiosity. I think the NHS manages to do so many as they do a converyer belt style.

But if this is no good for you, keep at it until you get what you need. Just becuase it is OK for most, it does not mean OK for all.

jalopy Mon 26-Feb-07 16:46:36

Sedation is much safer and less invasive than a general anaesthetic.

Tiggiwinkle Mon 26-Feb-07 17:08:06

I think it is purely sown to cost Kirstyandkeelysmum-as I said they simply could not do it with sedation on me. The anaesthetist told me that a general was actually a safer option for me than the alternative of giving so much sedative that I would be knocked out.

Tiggiwinkle Mon 26-Feb-07 17:08:45

"sown" should be down, obviously!

NotQuiteCockney Mon 26-Feb-07 17:11:32

General anaesthetic is really quite dangerous, and hard on the body. Best avoided if possible. I know they do 'twilight sedation' for some procedures, where you're not totally out, but you're certainly not awake. Maybe that's an option?

flossie64 Mon 26-Feb-07 17:14:34

I have had this done with no problems under sedation . I was told you have to be awake to swallow the tube.

bristols Mon 26-Feb-07 17:15:50

There are many more risks associated with a general anaesthetic rather than sedation. I agree, cost does have something to do with it, but they will avoid a GA if at all possible. That said, you should voice your concerns. If they think that the endoscopy is essential, they will arrange to do it under general.

3sEnough Mon 26-Feb-07 17:18:31

Hi - I had my colonoscopy done under sedation and I didn't remember a thing about it....lovely long sleep without interruptions...would do it again in a flash if offered!!!lol

robbosmum Mon 26-Feb-07 17:40:55

dont avoid getting this done, explain how you feel to the dr and ask what else can be done for pain relief other than a ga,, tbh they may be looking to exclude coeliacs disease, but they also look for other causes of symptoms at the time of the examn too, GET IT DONE!!!!!!! (look after yourself)

KirstyAndKeelysMom Mon 26-Feb-07 18:42:23

thanks everyone for your replies but i have decided not to have it done. like i have already mentioned, my friend was diagnosed with coeliacs 1 yr ago and he lost loads of weight prior to his diagnosis, whereas, i havny lost a thing.

KirstyAndKeelysMom Mon 26-Feb-07 18:43:02

haven't i mean

Tiggiwinkle Mon 26-Feb-07 18:47:17

What are the symptoms KKM? Has a blood test indicated that you may have coeliac disease? They usually do a blood test first and then depending on the result do an endoscopy to confirm it.

KirstyAndKeelysMom Mon 26-Feb-07 18:52:07

yes, i had a blood test and it showed a strong positive result for coeliacs.

Tiggiwinkle Mon 26-Feb-07 18:56:38

I would strongly advise you to get a definite diagnosis then. One of my DSs is a coeliac-he was dianosed as an adult and did not have loss of weight as such, but had never been able to put on sufficient weight. If left undiagnosed, it can have long term effects such as osteoporosis and anaemia. I think the blood test is pretty accurate these days. Tell your doctor how worried you are about the endoscopy and I am sure they will sort something out for you.

KirstyAndKeelysMom Mon 26-Feb-07 19:01:44

Tiggiwinkle, the symptoms i have are
wind, constipation which alternates with diorreaha (sp?), pains in stomach after eating (but not all of the time). i did have blood and mucous in my stools a while ago but haven't had it since.

the doctor diagnosed IBS at first.

Tiggiwinkle Mon 26-Feb-07 19:09:34

You would feel much better on the gluten-free diet if you do have coeliacs (dont cut out gluten before having an endoscopy though as to do so invalidates the test).
My DS was always underweight-he has put on 2 stone since diagnosis. He was also found to have low bone density, which is now improving as a result of the diet.(I took him to the doctors many times when he was a child because of his low weight-I was told he was just one of those wiry children! He also had anaemia several times which was just treated without the cause being found.)

3sEnough Tue 27-Feb-07 20:02:27

Hi - I had a negative result from my colonoscopy but still have really sore tummy (to touch - in several places) and have 'flare up's (having one at the moment) when everything makes me bloated. I cut out wheat from my diet for b/fast and lunch (pm was the worst time for bloating) I don't really know what to do about it now - I can't cut down too much more as I am pretty careful as it is. Any ideas welcomed (or do I just go back to the drs?!)

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