When Veronica was told that she was going to do an endoscopy, she researched on the procedure but didn’t get as much as she would have loved to know about it.
After going through the procedure, she decided to share her experience so as to add to the knowledge of what an endoscopy is.
According to WebMD, Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor.
“The reason why I had to get an endoscopy was because I was admitted at the hospital twice and I had nausea acid reflux. I couldn’t eat anything, I was throwing up as well.
So, the doctor tried to find out if I had ulcer. He had to find out what was going on in my stomach because it was hurting.
I had a consultation with the doctor where she explained the process I would be going through but trust me, I was so scared.
Endoscopy is an out-patient procedure. The process of doing an endoscopy is that there’s a tube-like camera which is put in your throat all the way to your small intestine from your oesophagus.
It is just to allow the doctor to see what is going on inside your stomach so they can ascertain what’s wrong with you and why you’re feeling sick.
When I got to the theatre, the nurse told me to get on the bed and lay on my left side. Then, a doctor came in and we started the process.
Anaesthetia was sprayed at the back of my throat and it numbed the back of my throat. It had a fruity taste but a bitter after-taste and the doctor put a white thing in my mouth.
Then the doctor told me to swallow the tube as soon as he put it in my mouth. I thought it was going to be easy but 30 seconds later, I started gagging up so bad, hoping I don’t throw up.
So, I kept on clutching my stomach because I didn’t want to embarrass myself or have a lung infection.
The doctor wasn’t helping matters too as he was moving around, trying to talk me through what he was seeing, which I thought was a fantastic way to take me out of my nervousness.
So, he showed me the different parts of what he was seeing, what my stomach was like and where it was inflammed and they also took pictures.
That process was finished in about five minutes but I also had to get a biopsy done, which meant they had to take a sample of my stomach to test if I had ulcer.
So, I did not feel whatever was put into me because it was painless. For my results, I found that I had peptic ulcer, mild gastritis and esophagitis.
I think the worst part for me was when they were taking out the tube because the doctor was a bit careless about that. He should have just taken it out calmly but he was talking and pulling it out so I had to use my tongue to slow out the process.
The entire process was not painful but really invasive and uncomfortable. Looking back, I think I should not have been nervous at all. I should have just walked in there and get it done. I don’t think there’s anything to be worried about if you have an endoscopy scheduled.”
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