(Closed) Has anyone had an endoscopy?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had an upper endoscope and a colonoscopy at the same time…!  I was put under a “twilight” and barely remember anything (I do remember them saying “you have to swallow” and then I remember waking up in recovery)…my throat was just a little sore afterwards…but it was easier than the preparation for the colonoscopy.  I hope your going under a twilight! 

Best of luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@jessmex12:  I had one a few years ago because the PCP wanted to make sure acid reflux wasn’t destroying my throat/upper GI.  I barely remember anything.  I was awake and then, I was asleep and that was it.  It was a breeze! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i have! it was very very easy. i have a history of colon cancer in my family, so i’ve had colonoscopies done every few years. i had my endoscopy done after my first colonoscopy and it felt like a breeze!

you just don’t eat anything for like 12 hours before i think. they spray a numbing spray on the back of your throat, give you some sedatives, and then you’ll just wake up after it’s all done.  no pain or anything. the spray has a little bit of weird after taste, but it was totally fine.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had an upper endoscopy when I was 17, it was easy. I was put into twilight anasthesia and the last thing I remember was being told to count back from 99 and I remember making it to maybe 95. I woke up all pissy pants and hollered at the doctor to hurry up and get it done and he laughed at me because I was in recovery and they were waiting for the twilight to wear off. I kept nodding off and waking up and telling my mom I wanted Arbys and falling asleep, waking up and saying I wanted Taco Bell and falling asleep, etc.

I went with Arbys on the way home. :p I didn’t have a stomach ache, really, even though some biopsies were taken.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

upper is easy, the twilight sleep is weird

we went and ate afterward and I don’t remember it at all

lower- I had one while I was in the hospital, I had ischemic collitis, so my body did the clean out for me (tmi, sorry)…my ex had to have them a lot and the prep work is icky but the actual procedure is simple, again twilight sleep is your friend

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a colonoscopy every year and an upper endoscopy once every 3 years, so I’ve had quite a few done. It isn’t bad at all. I don’t know which one you’re having done but everyone says the cleanout is the worst part of colonoscopies but personally I dislike the IV more. When I get the upper endoscopies done my throat hurts a little but is completely fine the following day. I’ve never woken up or remember anything any of the times I’ve had it done, but every upper endoscopy was done at the same time as my colonoscopy.

Try not to worry about it too much. They just have you fall asleep and it will be over very fast.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had one two months ago.  Mine was through an out patient surgical center.  Once they rolled me into the surgery room, they started giving me the sleepy time drugs.  Put the thing in my mouth, asked me to swallow and then I don’t remember anything!  The actual procedure wasn’t hard.  It took longer to prep (vitals, get the IV in, pee in the cup, etc) then for the actual procedure.  And mine was on New Years Eve, so I couldn’t drink that night since some of the drugs were still in my system.  

Good luck and hope all goes well.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve also had a few.  The uppers are easy. It’s the colonoscopies that are not fun because of the prep. But upper endo, I could have anything to eat or drink X hours before the procedure.  They put you to sleep and you wake up with maybe a slight sore throat after.  I had my husband take me to breakfast afterwards because I was starving.  No driving for the rest of the day because of the anesthesia but otherwise, it’s a pretty straightforward procedure.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@jessmex12: Some places will give you something to keep you calm. Ask your referring doctor about it or the one that is going to do the procedure if there is anything that can be ordered for you. If that doesn’t work talk to the anesthesiologist when you first get there and they might give you something. 

I believe I was given valium in the past which helped a lot. I normally have a panic attack when I know the needle is coming and the drugs kept me from tensing up and crying uncontrollably. If you do ask make sure they understand you need it before the IV cause I’ve had some doctors order me medication to be given after it was in, which was pointless.

Hope everything goes well for you.

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