|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:02:14 PM|
Ive been having all kinds of abdominal problems and finally went to the doctor today. He wants to do a colonoscopy (which is fine, at 56 Ive never had one and am overdue) and an endoscopy (sticking a tube with a camera down my throat and looking at things from that angle). He will do both at once. For some reason I am terrified about the endoscopy. The thought of possibly waking up with a tube down my throat and not being able to breath is a huge fear. I know they put you in a twilight sleep , but I am still nervous. Im a nurse, I should know better and should be braver, but that doesnt help.
So if you have had one, share your experience. Please if you have nightmare stories, dont share. I dont need to be any more nervous than I am.
How long were you out afterwards? Did you sleep all day? Did you feel ok the next day to return to work or school? Was there any lasting discomfort?
Thanks for sharing.
Loc: the looney bin!
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:04:21 PM|
Had an endoscopy recently. No big deal. I gagged a little when the camera first went down but that was it. I never went out or felt drowsy. Procedure was super fast.
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:10:12 PM|
I had one and it was a piece of cake. Last thing I remember was biting down on a bite thing. Didn't feel anything and it was over quickly. I felt fine afterward. They don't want you to drive because you've had anesthesia, but I went to a Pampered Chef or Tastefully Simple party (can't remember which) that evening (my husband drove me).
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:10:13 PM|
I had one to remove a gallstone from the bile duct. Apparently I fought the tube so had more sedation than normal but I don't remember a thing. I just remember waking up in the ER and my DH bringing me home.
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:14:42 PM|
I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy at the same time as well. The sedative made me so drowsy that I feel asleep before they started and slept the entire way through and maybe half an hour afterwards. I woke up feeling completely refreshed, it felt like I had the best nights sleep ever. I wasn't sore at all, it didn't even feel like I had anything done. I was back at work the next day with no problems.
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:16:24 PM|
I have had several because of ongoing stomach problems. I have never been put out or in a twilight fog. Not because they haven't tried, but because I fight any kind of sedation and it never works, lol. It really is no big deal. The only bad part for me is when they spray the numbing agent into the back of your throat. That stuff tastes absolutely foul!! By the third spray though, you don't even taste it at all. I felt the tube going down in sort of an abstract way. It didn't hurt at all. My doctor actually let me watch the screen while he was doing it. I had no idea what I was looking at but it was kind of neat. Don't stress over this at all. It really isn't that bad. Good luck.
Loc: McKinney, TX
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:28:34 PM|
I had one a couple of weeks ago. I was completely out for it. They put the bite thing in my mouth and then I was waking up in recovery. The next day my throat was a little sore, but not bad.
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:34:25 PM|
Thank you all so much for sharing your experience. I cant believe though that they didnt put you to sleep, though I know it is a light sedation, not a general. Wasnt it incredibly uncomfortable to have tube down your throat? I guess if they numb things, it would help, but still. The colonoscopy doesnt concern me at all, just the endoscopy.
I am kind of funny about these things, because I have a real issue with losing control and dont like the idea of being put to sleep. On the other hand, I dont want to feel any discomfort either. I really hope I have a similar reaction as some of you to the sedation. I can use a good rest, but dont want to sleep the whole day if possible.
People not perfection
Loc: Right where I should be
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:36:38 PM|
I have had a few and they are not bad at all. The worst part is swallowing this liquid stuff right before. I hate the taste. One time I had a sore throat after but that only happened once. To be honest with you I did wake up once in the middle of it but it was very fleeting and no pain. That wasn't the plan but they adjusted things and I was right back under.
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:40:03 PM|
I had one this past summer. They knocked me out completely and were done 15 minutes later. Very simple and straightforward. The only issue I had afterwards was feeling groggy and a little nauseous from the anesthesia. Don't worry - you'll be just fine!
ETA: I did have a really dry mouth for most of the day. They had told me to eat light so DH made me some toast. BAD idea. My mouth was so dry I could barely chew the first bite, lol.
To ease your mind a bit more, we came home, took a nap and then went swimming in the pool for the rest of the day. That's how easy it was!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:40:44 PM|
This past year I've had an endoscope, an ERCP and an ultrasonic endoscope. Easy, peasy. I always ask to be put totally under, as I woke up in the middle of my first colonoscopy 8 years ago. Not pleasant. I've had about 6 colonoscopies since then and always ask to be put "under". No twilight for me.
PEA-T-A-Mom's kitteh is a fraidy cat.
Loc: Wherever my little mind takes me
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:45:00 PM|
Piece of cake. I've had a few scopes, as well as a couple 5 hour studies that are not cake. A regular EGD, is easy. You'll be snoozing and won't feel or notice a thing. They'll get you comfy and sleepy and then next thing you know you're in recovery wondering why you were ever worried.
Loc: wherever the army sends us
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:50:28 PM|
DH has had 2 this year, one emergency one not and they were fine. He woke up during the first and thought it was odd but cool. His throat was a little sore for a day or two after but other than that was fine.
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:52:28 PM|
I think the term they used for me was "combative". Whatever you're afraid that you'll do, I did.
I don't remember a single bit of it. None. They ended up giving me general. I woke up, had a bit of a sore throat and that was about it. I felt like I had taken the best nap ever when I woke up.
Getting blonder every day
Loc: LI girl, livin' in the gulf
|Posted: 11/28/2011 9:54:48 PM|
I had one a few months ago. It was the BEST sleep I ever had! The procedure was only about 10 minutes, so it's light sedation. It was a piece of cake, and the doctor came and told me what the outcome was in the recovery room. Good luck!
Stuck in the Middle
|Posted: 11/28/2011 10:00:25 PM|
I've had one but I was completely out because they had to stretch my throat out. The only problems I had was a bit of throat irritation for a few days but that was from the stretching.
My opinion is the the prep for the colonoscopy is the worst of it all! I also found out that I am not an easy stick so getting that iv was pretty painful, too. The nurses seemed a little miffed at me because when they asked me if I was a hard stick, I told them no. I didn't know any different, never had a problem before.
I hope you can get some relief and figure out why you are having problems.
Loc: Puget Sound
|Posted: 11/28/2011 10:04:41 PM|
I've had both done the same day too, and had an endoscopy separately.
Re: the colonoscopy. Do a search for the gatorade and miralax prep, particularly if your doctor tries to get you to do the normal prep. I've talked about it on here many times. Trust me. . . do it. It's SO much better.
The endoscopy I had the same day, I don't remember at all. The one I had separately, I do. As others have said, they spray a numbing agent in your throat while you're still awake, and it's kind of nasty tasting, but not a big deal. I did wake up during the procedure, and panicked (because I have a hyperactive gag reflex and a huge fear of things sticking down my throat), but they gave me more medicine, and I was out again. So it really wasn't a big deal at all. And believe me, I was VERY worried about it.
You'll be just fine!
|Posted: 11/28/2011 10:11:35 PM|
Thanks again, you all made me feel so much more relaxed. I have heard the regular prep for the colonoscopy is pretty awful so I will look into your suggestion.
Loc: Palm Beach Co.FL
|Posted: 11/28/2011 10:20:56 PM|
I had endoscopy and colonoscopy at the same time. I was put completely under. They got me ready for the procedure and I remember them telling me to lay on one side and then saying they were going to start giving me something to relax in my IV. I went completely out with that. I woke up to them telling me everything was over and wheeling me out to recovery area. I stayed in the recovery area for a short time and was released to go home with my driver. They recommended I eat light and I was not allowed to drive the rest of the day (I've heard some say 24 hours, but I had to drive to work the next day and was told just not to drive day of). I actually felt like I was super rested after the procedure. We went to a late breakfast/early lunch. I ate a normal meal - couple eggs, toast, bacon, juice, and potatoes. Then we went running around to different stores all afternoon. I had procedure on a Wednesday. I worked the next day and did notice I had a scratchy throat which I attributed to the tube in my throat, but the 2nd day I came down with a really bad cold, so I think that is why the throat was sore. Friday I went out of town as planned for a long weekend and did everything we had planned on doing even though I had a really bad head cold. Driving home on Sunday I felt like poop and did finally stop at a Wal-mart to load up on cold remedies. I called out of work on Monday and for the first and only time in my life went to a doctor for a routine cold. I only went to get the doctors note since I was concerned about calling out on my job after having missed the previous Wednesday (scheduled absence) and Friday (scheduled vacation day). I got a dr. note and some Allegra D as well as tussy pearls for my cough. The prep and cold were the worst part of everything, the actual procedures were a breeze.
You gots to access your uncrazy side.
|Posted: 11/28/2011 11:06:51 PM|
Had one and it was easy. I was out for about fifteen minutes and home after about an hour. No sore throat. Took me longer to get registered than to do the procedure. I did have some stomach pain where they pulled the biopsy.
|Posted: 11/28/2011 11:12:24 PM|
I had one...it wasn't that bad. I remember being in a dream-like state, grabbing at the tube when it was being inserted. I also remember the doctor and others say, "no...no don't do that...just relax" LOL! Once it was in, I calmed down and relaxed.
I had a slightly sore throat, but was fine the next day.
Loc: Southern Illinois
|Posted: 11/29/2011 12:55:36 AM|Ok....totally out-numbered here, but my test was horrible! My mouth is extremely tiny though, so I think that was the problem. I won't scare you with details, but lets just say I'm not sure if I would ever let them do one again on me. Good luck to you!
Loc: So. Cal
|Posted: 11/29/2011 2:40:25 AM|
I had one and they said that I might gag as I swallowed it down. They gave me the meds and that's the last I remember. I don't remember any directions or anything from that point on. I woke up and felt fine. Small sore throat the next day, but no big deal.
|Posted: 11/29/2011 3:31:11 AM|
I had both done at the same time a couple of years ago. I was also completely knocked out and never felt anything.
|Posted: 11/29/2011 4:23:19 AM|
I've had an endoscopy. Without anesthesia. Yes, without a drop of anything.
I'm a nurse and a huge needle wimp although I start IVs every day of work. I hate them for ME. Anyway, I had an option to do it w/o anesthesia. The doc OK'd it and off we went. I didn't so much as have a sedative. The whole procedure took less than 4 minutes and I walked out of the procedure room.
I gagged when the tube went down but other than that it was a piece of cake even w/o anesthesia.
I've never had the colonoscopy but I've had many patients that have. the prep is far worse than the actual procedure. Most patients say they never remember a thing either.
Both are pretty simple procedures. Not saying you can't have complications but they are few and far between.
Baby Pea Step
|Posted: 10/4/2012 12:21:52 AM|
I had an endoscopy two months ago and next day I felt better. I can say it's little uncomfortable procedure but not painful.
Loc: State of Confusion
|Posted: 10/4/2012 12:35:28 AM|
I had one when I was having some stomach issues. I had no problems at all. Just remember the doc telling me to bite down and I was out. I had no side effects or any signs that it had been done.
I was out of the OR and back to my room before my DH even knew I was done. I called my mom when I got back to my room (I was in the hospital at the time) and she called him to let him know I was upstairs already.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Wernersville, PA
|Posted: 10/4/2012 5:06:53 AM|
I handle all kinds of surgeries very well. I have had two bladder surgeries, my tubes tied, two breast lumps removed, etc.
I was so scared of the endoscopy. I have had stomach issues all my life and have always felt gaggy. So, anything with the throat scares me.
Day of procedure, I am trying to be brave until they call me back and are putting me in the gown, etc. I could not stop crying. Not sobbing, but tears just kept coming. They tried to reassure me, etc.
It is finally my turn and they take me back. Still crying. They start their thing, the doctor comes in, etc. The only thing I remember, (and I had this done twice now), is them starting to put this gadget in my mouth so I do not bite down on the camera. That is it. I was never awake through the procedure and I was fine when I woke up. It does not take long at all.
My husband said before he knew it, it was like ten to twenty mintues later that they called him back to be with me in recovery.
The first time, because I had been so nervous and scared, when I woke up and saw him, (still a little loopy), I was telling him how much I loved him and thanking him for coming with me, etc. Got quite a few smiles as we were leaving.
It was a piece of cake. Do not be nervous. Good luck!
Long ago Barney
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 10/4/2012 5:07:51 AM|
They put me out-never knew a thing!
|Posted: 10/4/2012 5:43:00 AM|
Had an egd last year. It was the easiest procedure ever. Even if I had woken up during it, I wouldn't remember because of the Versed. Good stuff! Quick, easy, ate lunch on the way home. Hope yours goes well!
Loc: Central Texas
|Posted: 10/4/2012 5:54:21 AM|Hubby and I both have had both these things. Hubby just worries that they should do the endoscopy first and the colonoscopy second. He has visions of them using the same tube and wants to be sure they get it in the right order He remembers trying to convince the nurse of the proper order before dozing out, such a goofball.
Loc: Cork Ireland
|Posted: 10/4/2012 6:03:03 AM|
I had an endoscopy and dilatation last Friday. I have to be completely knocked out every time I have one (this was about my fifteenth!) because I'm a fighter. I never remember anything about them after I come round. The dilatation is very sore and swollen afterwards but a normal endoscopy just leaves me with a slightly sore throat and a horrible taste in my mouth.
|Posted: 10/4/2012 6:20:18 AM|
I had both tests done at the same time. I was out cold and never felt a thing at all.
We are the Boys of Old Florida
Loc: Down Where the Old Gator Plays!
|Posted: 10/4/2012 6:30:26 AM|
As soon as they gave me the meds, I was pretty much out. I do remember waking up for a minute towards the end, gagging some, but went back out apparently. Next thing I knew, I was waking up in the recovery room. The only after effect was taking a nap when I got home. Other than that no lasting effects.
Loc: Bellaire, TX
|Posted: 10/4/2012 7:34:37 AM|
DD had one when she was around 12 or 13 when they suspected she had Celiac disease (she didn't). She is freaked out by a lot of medical procedures and had no problem with this one.