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Whenever my coil is replaced I hyperventilate. I do my best to relax and co-operate, but each time it's worse. Last time I hyperventilated so badly that I went into tetany. I know coping strategies for hyperventilation (diaphragmatic breathing and reciting poetry/singing) and they normally work, but not for this particular procedure.
I had such a bad reaction on the one and only time I went to have one fitted that they told me I should never have one. My blood pressure plummeted and I was close to fainting for 20 minutes. An insult to the cervix I think they called it.
If your reaction was extreme, like mine, perhaps it's better to look at alternatives.
I do want the coil. It's worth a few hours' discomfort.
They don't think my reaction is cervical insult (though my cervix certainly feels insulted by the procedure!).
I asked about G&A last time, and they said that for any form of sedation I would have to get it done in a specialist place, I forget where. But I like and trust the doctor who does coils at my surgery. I'd rather see her, if possible.
Diazepam sounds a possibility, unless it counts as sedation. If I took enough to cope, would I still be competent to walk home alone? I imagine I wouldn't be able to drive.
I would get something from your GP. You could take 2 paracetamol before you go as well. Bring headphones and listen to something like conversation or an interesting documentary. You could try renting a TENS machine. It should work in these situations, as you could be creating and controlling tingling sensations elsewhere in the body. It also would give you something to focus on and hopefully give your brain something else to worry about. A bottle of Coke is a great help in these situations too.
Re the Coke Bottle. You drink the Coke if things get difficult. Have a good swig before the procedure. I am a Fainter so would have a bottle stashed in my bag for the dentist etc. Caffeine helps the blood pressure rise and the sugar, well, does what sugar does.
Hi OP Diazepam can be quite sedating depending on he dose, you might need to check if it is a sedative from their point of view. If it's the first time you have had it, it might make sense to have someone walk home with you.