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I have just got booked in for endoscopy procedure. Any advice? I havent had it done before and dont want sedation as will be driving myself there and back. Has anyone got any experiences of it they would like to share??

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Personally I could not have the endoscopy without sedation!! I have a very strong gag reflex. I came out of sedation a bit when they were removing the endoscope.

It can be done without heavy sedation -I have witnessed that. It is an uncomfortable procedure, but I would have liked to be able to watch the video feed!

Advice:

Learn a relaxation exercise, something to focus your attention away from what they are doing. Ask if you can have them play some kind of music that soothes you -or will they allow you to use an IPod (if you have such a device) and listen to music that is soothing to you.

Have a positive attitude, think "I can do this, I can get through this..."

or something, like a mantra you can say in your head.

and good luck to you!

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I took the sedation and was totally unaware of the whole thing.My daughter also had sedation so unable to be of much help. Relaxation breathing the only thing that I can think about - other than scouring all your family and friends until you get a lift! Hope it goes well.

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I have just got booked in for endoscopy procedure. Any advice? I havent had it done before and dont want sedation as will be driving myself there and back. Has anyone got any experiences of it they would like to share??

In the US ,most if not all centers will not allow you to drive your self home. Check with your center and ask about this.

I would not have it done with out sedation,.

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In the US ,most if not all centers will not allow you to drive your self home. Check with your center and ask about this.

I would not have it done with out sedation,.

I am in the UK. You can drive home if you have it done without sedation. I also have 2 young children so cant really be falling asleep or feeling drowsy after I get out plus I want to be in and out as fast as possible. They give a numbing spray so im hoping thats enough. I dont think I will be overly anxious about it. I just keep thinking well it has to be done so lets just get it done lol. Im probably being quite naive but on the other hand maybe its better to not over think things.

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Did you have a positive blood test? If you did you need the diet regardless of the endo results. You won't be really sleepy after you are done with the procedure but you can't drive if you have had sedation. Is there any way that you can get someone to drive you home? My concern is that because you won't be sedated the doctor might just do one or two biopsies instead of the 6 to 8 we should have done thus increasing you chances of a false negative.

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Did you have a positive blood test? If you did you need the diet regardless of the endo results. You won't be really sleepy after you are done with the procedure but you can't drive if you have had sedation. Is there any way that you can get someone to drive you home? My concern is that because you won't be sedated the doctor might just do one or two biopsies instead of the 6 to 8 we should have done thus increasing you chances of a false negative.

My bloods were unclear. I dont even really understand them tbh. I scored 20 where the normal is between 0-15 and then the 2nd one said negative. I was told that if the 2nd one had been positive then the 1st would have been more reliable. I had to have further investigation as my dad is comfirmed coeliac and my son (2yrs old) has positive blood work and waiting on his biopsy results. Should have them by end of next week im hoping.

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