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Endoscopy

(26 Posts)
Amanda1 Tue 21-Jun-05 21:49:40

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ruty Wed 22-Jun-05 13:16:33

so sorry to hear that you have another worry to cope with. I have had an endoscopy, they offered me a mild anaesthetic which i didn't take because i had to go back to work. It was uncomfortable a bit, when they put the tube in and when they took it out, and your throat will be a bit sore. But not that bad. If you have any anaesthetic it will make you drowsy and you should not drive. Can somebody go with you? And maybe getting somebody to pick your dd from school is a good idea. do hope it all goes ok.

Socci Wed 22-Jun-05 13:22:59

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handlemecarefully Wed 22-Jun-05 13:24:31

You want be admitted, but you shouldn't go on your own if you intend to drive afterwards as you may have had sedation

Socci Wed 22-Jun-05 13:24:45

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Puff Wed 22-Jun-05 13:26:37

Amanda, I've had one too -it is uncomfortable when the probe goes in, not so bad when taken out, but I was surprised at how quick the procedure was.

handlemecarefully Wed 22-Jun-05 13:26:57

Meant to say "won't" not "want"

Socci, apart from this thead, why is mumsnet sad today?

mishmash Wed 22-Jun-05 13:32:35

Hi Amanda
Had my endoscopy almost three years ago but had been admitted for a battery of tests to see what was casing my pain (turned out be gallstones).

However I was knocked for mine and was very drowsy afterwards - so much so that I slept for almost 12 hours.

My throat was a bit sore afterwards and had a dry throat for a little while afterwards.

So if you are going under GA make sure you have someone with you.

My dad had one done a few years ago too but I picked him up - he was like someone who was very drunk afterwards.

Best of luck - hope it is nothing untoward.

006 Wed 22-Jun-05 14:11:29

I went with my Mum for a few endoscopies and I would say take someone with you if you can to help with boredom and to drive you home. I would insist on sedation (they can vary the level) as it is a bit unpleasant. Also, if you are still a bit woozy then your companion can make sure all your questions get answered - otherwise the consultants tend to run off while you are dopey and you can worry if you don't know everything you want to.

I'd also get someone to do the school run so you daont have to worry about it.

Hope all well

Socci Wed 22-Jun-05 17:53:49

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Amanda1 Wed 22-Jun-05 18:27:19

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Pruni Wed 22-Jun-05 18:35:50

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Amanda1 Wed 22-Jun-05 19:33:09

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diane77 Wed 22-Jun-05 19:47:48

Hi im an endoscopy nurse regarding having sedation i would definately say its a personal choice as every person is able to cope in varying amounts, if you do decide on sedation then you will definately need help for 24 hours following the procedure as it can stay in your sytem making you a little sleepy for a while. we advice 24 hours before driving ect. The trick to the test is concentrating on your breathing the test should take no longer than 5 minutes max it shouldnt be sore just a little uncomfortable due to the they will put in your stomach. hope this helps

Puff Wed 22-Jun-05 19:50:44

Amanda, mine took 5 mins, if that.

Good luck.

Puff xx

Amanda1 Wed 22-Jun-05 21:54:30

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Surfermum Wed 22-Jun-05 22:19:00

Hi Amanda. I've had 2 endoscopies and it wouldn't bother me if I had to have another. I had sedation and all I can remember after that is being told to swallow. Apparently on the second one I was awake and watching what they were doing but I don't remember a thing. I was very sleepy afterwards.

Pruni Wed 22-Jun-05 23:06:06

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Amanda1 Thu 23-Jun-05 09:15:38

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Amanda1 Sun 26-Jun-05 10:20:22

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mishmash Sun 26-Jun-05 11:07:42

Amanda - poor you - he sounds like a total prat. Surely your health should be more important for you and your childs sake

peckarollover Wed 06-Jul-05 22:21:19

Im so shocked by this thread Amanda1 and sad to see that you have more health worries after being moved by your worries last year.

Speechless about DP! What a tw*t - i wish i was closer and i could have maybe looked after your dd while you were in

are your parents helpful at all?

MrsDoolittle Wed 06-Jul-05 22:38:25

Hi, I have been an endoscopy nurse and I'll endorse dianes post.
You could get very bored waiting, so bring a book. The lists are always jam-packed.
You will most likely be given the choice of having just throat spray or sedation. Noone can make that decision for you, it depends on you alone. Some people panic and become terrified, and some are unbelievably calm.
Relaxation is definately the key. Concentrate on your breathing, do not worry about the long black scope, close your eyes if you have to. The procedure is very quick and even quicker if you can relax. Good nurses will help you to relax 5 minutes, no more.
However, if you do want sedation. You still need to concentrate on your breathing, the only difference is the sedation will help you relax but IT WON'T KNOCK YOU OUT. Like alcohol, very frightened patients can still fight sedation!
You will need atleast an hour lying down to recover and someone else to pick dd up.
Most patients only experience mild discomfort, if that.
If it helps, if I had one I would say no to sedation everytime!! However, many of my colleagues would always want sedation. As I said, the choice is yours!

Goodluck!

Amanda1 Wed 06-Jul-05 23:02:56

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mishmash Wed 06-Jul-05 23:08:33

Hi Amanda
Glad it wasn't anything more sinister.

Is too much of an inconvenience for you to change your number - sounds as if he has the problem not you

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