Gastrocopy on Tuesday, feeling nervous

Slosh
Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
edited 20. May 2014, 14:31 in Living with Arthritis archive
I just wondered if anyone has had this done?
Post my neck surgery I have developed a constant feeling of pressure on my throat and some mild difficulty in swallowing. There may be some damage to the tissues or muscles around my throat as a result of the surgery, but to find out more I am having a Gastrocopy. Just got all the stuff about it from the hospital and feel a bit anxious.
OA, the gift that goes on giving!

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  • Barbieg
    Barbieg Member Posts: 47
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I haven't had this but my god daughter has had 2 and is having it done again on Monday . She barely remembers it being done as they give her some pills to take which make her very sleepy, and she has had no after effects. Hope this helps. Barbara G.
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,557
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I think a former user had one after her neck surgery, I think she had mild sedation to help her cope with it. It won't be pleasant but you won't be alone, have you heard of our pocket duties? This was a system created by another former user who lived on her own and had no-one to go with her to appointments; we would hop into her pockets so she had cyber support. :) If you are nervous I am happy to hop into one of yours - I usually bring champagne and strawberries. :wink: DD
  • Boomer13
    Boomer13 Member Posts: 1,931
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Slosh;

    I had one 1.5 years ago, it really was the easiest procedure to go through. Went to sleep, woke up and it was done! Nothing to it. Painless, no need to worry.

    Best wishes,

    Anna
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks, I like the idea of pocket duties, I had seen it on here and wondered what it was.
    Thanks for the reassurance as well,.
    Yes to the pocket duties DD, but you can have the strawberries!
    Not allowed to have anyone with me due to lack of space, but hubby on hand to escort me home as I'm not having it done without the sedative!
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Count me in for pocket duties as well

    Love
    Hileena
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you.
  • Starburst
    Starburst Member Posts: 2,546
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Slosh,

    I had one a few months ago for unexplained vomiting. I had sedation and pain relief but only because I was having a colonoscopy afterwards. It was such a quick procedure. It felt a bit odd but not uncomfortable and it was over in a few minutes. They played me soothing music and chatted to me, so I felt really relaxed.

    Wishing you luck. Will be in your pocket too!
  • jul
    jul Member Posts: 40
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    We will all be thinking of you on Tuesday Slosh and i will be in your pocket too. Maybe wear cargo trousers, as they have more pockets to fit us all in. Hope it goes well. :)
  • marrianne
    marrianne Member Posts: 1,161
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Fingers crossed for tuesday Slosh ,count me in with a packet of fig rolls only 1 each we dont want any accidents in the pocket :lol: Marrianne
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,164
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Slosh
    I will be in your pocket sorry I don't have any advice but we will be there for you..xx
  • mig
    mig Member Posts: 7,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'll come along too. Mig
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,360
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm in. I've had two or three with no problems. Just relax and go with the flow :wink:
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you that's really reassuring.
  • villier
    villier Member Posts: 4,426
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Count me in to slosh x
  • Megrose489
    Megrose489 Member Posts: 745
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'll be there too, Slosh. I had an ERCP a few years ago - similar to a gastroscopy - and, although I was very nervous, it was just fine. They sprayed my throat and I had sedation - never felt a thing! Hope it all goes well for you.

    Meg
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Think I'm going to need some big pockets!
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,557
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Slosh, I am thinking of you, OK? DD
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks DD.
    It's great to have the support, I've now got my daughter to worry about too. She's 22 and has an unidentified health problem which means she is on loads of pain meds. Her GP and local hospital just keep mucking her about. She texted me last night to say she was back in A and E again. We know what it isn't but not what it is. Can't wait to be able to drive again so I can go and see her.
    Guess we won't be shopping on Friday afterall.
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,360
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Ready and waiting, Slosh. When are we off :D
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,557
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    ((( ))) DD
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I wasn't sure of the protocol so I have posted separately about today.
    Basically
    a: my throat problem is a result of the neck surgery I had
    b: I have to stop taking NSAIDS as I now have a stomach problem as a result of these.
    Off to GP tomorrow
    Thanks for the support

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