Post # 1
FI has had the feeling like there was something in his throat stuck for over a week now. We went to the ER and his doctor thinking it was asthma and he was having trouble breathing, but it hasn’t gone away. He then thought it was anxiety, but the medicine for that didn’t work either.
Last night, we were doing research and found something that fit his symptoms perfectly. It’s called cricopharyngeal spasm. A muscle in your esophagus right below the man’s adam apple and above his sternum cramps up causing the feeling he is having. He has acid reflux due to his asthma and hasn’t taken care of it. This caused the spasms. See link for more info: http://www.voicedoctor.net/therapy/cps.html
FI now has an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor tomorrow to get an endoscopy done to confirm the diagnosis. I have never seen one done or had one done. Well, I did have one, but it was somewhere else for a different issue. I’m nervous for him. I have some questions for the Bees:
Have any Bees had this done?
Is it anything to worry about?
Will I be allowed to stay in the room with him?
How long does the visit take usually? His appointment is at 2:15 tomorrow, and I have to be at work at 5:00.
I’m always the nervous, easily upset type when he is getting this type of stuff done. He told me I had to relax because it stresses him out to see me upset over something minor and that makes the spasms worse. I want to be there to show my support for him tomorrow without appearing a nervous wreck like usual.
Calm my nerves, Bees!
Post # 3
You probably won’t be allowed in once the procedure prep is underway, but you should definitely go with him to help with paperwork, calm him down, etc. He’ll need a ride home if he gets IV sedatives, so find out when you check in what time the procedure should be over (the clinic may be running late).
Don’t be scared… it’s good that it’s getting checked out now! 🙂
Post # 4
From what I can tell they are just numbing his nose and throat and doing it. No sedation and he is driving himself since I might have to leave for work. I hope they will let me stay with him just for support since it seems to be a minor, short procedure.
Post # 5
If they are only going to the adams apple region and doing it in office without sedative you will probably be allowed to stay. It shouldn’t be too bad as they don’t have to go all the way into the stomach. I did a rotation through Endoscopy years and years ago but it was a lot more involved then what he’s having done. Don’t worry, it will be a relatively easy thing. It may make him gag a little and be a little uncomfortable just because it’s not natural but it won’t be bad at all and won’t hurt.
Post # 6
@KLP2010: Thanks, that calms my nerves some. I just worry about him.
Post # 7
It doesn’t sound like there’s anything to worry about. My mom just had one done, and she didn’t even have any soreness afterward. Hang in there! I know you’re worried, but I’m sure the procedure will be fine.
Post # 8
I’ve never had an endoscopy, but my husband had one a few weeks ago. He was pretty freaked out about it, but it really wasn’t bad at all.
I was not allowed to stay in the room with him though. I think I sat in the waiting room for about 20 minutes, and this included his prep time (starting the IV, etc.).
They put him to sleep (he was told twilight sleep, but he says he was OUT), so he felt nothing. He said one minute he was waiting to fall asleep and the next minute, I was there with him, holding his hand.
The funny part was he was a bit groggy when he first woke up…and very silly. He was cracking me up. After he put his shirt back on (they made him wear a hospital gown on top, but left his jeans on), they let us go.
The only thing to remember is that he won’t be able to drive home. We were told he wasn’t supposed to drive for the rest of the day. My husband wasn’t sore at all afterwards, and he ate dinner like normal about an hour and a half after we got home.
All in all, it was far less “scary” that we’d thought. He said if he had to do one again, he’d not worry at all this time….it was no big deal.
Post # 9
I had an endoscopy (that went all the way to my stomach) and it wasn’t really a big deal. I don’t even remember it. They put me in a twilight kind of sleep and apparently I was awake but I don’t remember. It didn’t hurt at all, not even a tiny bit. I did feel kind of woozy and nauseous afterwards but it sounds like they won’t put your guy out as far as I was. And in any event, within a few hours I felt just fine. I’m sure it’ll be a-ok and he’ll be so glad to finally have a diagnosis and treatment plan!
Post # 10
I’ve had this done. I was able to have a “guest” in the room until they “put me out” (you don’t go fully under but I have no recollection of it). They also told me that I would have the feeling that I was drowning, but I never experienced it. It was a fairly simple procedure which didn’t leave me with any discomfort. I think I went back to work after… but I was pretty out of it.
Post # 11
They are not putting him out at all. He will be completely awake just having his nose and throat numbed with some spray. I’m hoping that because of that I will be allowed to stay with him.
I have had one done at the urologist. I was awake too. It just scares me because it’s him not me going through it.
They didn’t tell him he couldn’t drive himself or go back to work after so I’m pretty sure he won’t be sedated.
Post # 12
I just had one of those done yesterday at the ENT actually. If it’s the same thing he’s having, they just spray lidocaine stuff up the nose and they insert the scope up the nose and it goes a little down the throat. I thought it was going to be horrible but it wasn’t bad. My mom was in the room with me. It only took about 1-2 minutes.
Post # 13
@SummerGirl21: My mom said the same thing! I am feeling much calmer about the situation. My mom has been through so many procedures and health problems so if she tells me it isn’t a big deal it isn’t a big deal. So I’m working being calm. FI told me that if I didn’t relax he was going to leave me in the car lol.
Were you able to eat normally afterwards? I don’t know if I should get him some soup or something.