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    endoscopy

    I'm due to have one of these next Sat and I'm really scared. The thought of swallowing a tube is freaking me especially as I have a very strong gag reflex. I have opted for sedation but i understand this only relaxes you not puts you to sleep.


    Can some one tell me its not as bad as I'm imagining

    Joy

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    Re: endoscopy

    Hi
    I had two endoscopies last year without sedation.Like you I dreaded it but in the event at worst I'd describe it as slightly uncomfortable. I'm sure with sedation you'll have no problems at all
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    Hi Joy,

    I have not had this done hun, but if you scroll to the bottom of this page, there are more threads about this.

    My mum had this done and ohhh boy, was she scared, like you she chose sedation, do you know what she said when she came out, "ohh I don't know what I was soo scared for, it was fine".

    I know its dame hard for you hun, but what you are fearing is the unknown, its only natral hun, I think anyone would feel the same, even people who don;t suffer panic anxiety.

    Please let us know how you get on hun

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    Hi Joy

    I have had 3 endoscopies in the last year,all with sedation. You are right they dont put you under like having an anaesthetic, but they do properly sedate you. I have no memory of having any of the scopes and I would have no problem going for another with sedation. Most endoscopy centre's use midazolam, which is a really nice drug as it is effective,fast acting, has amnesic properties so that you cannot remember anything, and has no hangover effect. Remember do not drive your car for 24 hrs after as you will not be insured. Tell the staff that you are nervous and they will do their best to put you at ease. I know because I worked in one for 35 years. Dont worry you will be fine.
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    Re: endoscopy

    Thanks guys

    joy

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    Re: endoscopy

    Hi Joy,

    Sorry i can't be of any help as i have never had this done but just wanted to say that i hope it all goes ok for you hun and send you a hug.

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    Thanks pink

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    Joy

    Good luck with it - I think I would be very scared too as I would not want the sedation as that would freak me out as well.

    Hope it goes ok for you.
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    Re: endoscopy

    Good luck with this, I had one of these done myself about 6 years ago now. I was sedated, and I believe I actually fell asleep because I was so tired! One minute I'm counting to 10 the next the nurse is waking me up to ask if I want a cup of tea and something to eat.

    You'll be fine

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    I have had an endoscopy before. Sedation scared me more than the real thing and it was not that bad, just a tiny bit uncomfortable. In fact the results changed my whole outlook on my illness. I found out that my problems were caused less by anxiety and more from physical problems. Not everything is down to anxiety!!!!!!

    Tulip

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