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Dancinggirl

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2015, 09:00:30 AM »

I have never been able to go too long between meals - I get very shaky.  I have never been able to have more than two courses at a meal either. So yes, I will have breakfast, an early lunch and then supper between 7-8pm but continue to have a banana mid afternoon - bananas are apparently good for calming acid according to the NHS website.
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Taz2

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2015, 09:03:50 AM »

Bristol Stool Chart - my GP reckons everyone should have a poster of this on their loo wall!! http://www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/BBF-Bristol-StoolChart.pdf

Taz x
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Taz2

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« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2015, 09:22:46 AM »

Whoops - should have put a warning!!  The perfect colour is mid-brown. When I had my sigmoidoscopy the doc said that you have to remember BM-MB ( bowel movement-mid brown ) 

Taz x  ;D
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Dancinggirl

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2015, 01:26:20 PM »

Taz - I think that chart is really helpful - GPs often ask about bowel movements and it's difficult to describe.
I wouldn't say I have diarrhoea but I can easily go 2-3 times a day and have done for years.  Going by that chart I don't think I have a real problem but I still think I must have an over efficient digestive system.

I've learned so much from this thread - I think it's another area, like the menopause, that is not often discussed and experiences seldom shared - problems with our digestive system do seem to increase as we age and can cause some serious underlying anxiety.

I lived for 4 years in Austria and Germany where they have those loos designed so you can examine your stools easily - I found this rather unpleasant and I also thought the Austrians and Germans were far too obsessed with their health. DG x
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Dennylou48

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #34 on: September 29, 2016, 05:07:26 PM »

Hi I had an endoscopy yesterday and have a small hiatus hernia, I came off lansoprazole about a month ago after being on them for 2 months but they suppressed my appetite which made it worse and also gave me very loose bowel movements, I now eat little and often and take gaviscon advance or tums if and when needed, I was signed up for sedation but decided against it as I wanted to go to bingo last night lol, I must admit it was bloody awful and don't think I would do it again without sadation, but the heart burn today has been worse today than I had before. I never had any problems like this before menopause and now my body is throwing every memo symptom going, damn bloody hormones. Hopefully I'm coming out the other end soon, my last monthly was 5 months ago. Good luck to you all and I hope whatever we choose to take medicine wise works.
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Dennylou48

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #35 on: November 05, 2016, 01:06:52 AM »

Lol I know but I love going to bingo on a Wednesday evening as I don't go out much because of anxiety and panic attacks due to bloody hormones. I'm doing OK thank you and still only take gaviscon only when  needed.  Changed my diet completely though and it's been a whole lot better. Xx
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Katejo

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« Reply #36 on: November 05, 2016, 09:23:34 AM »

That's interesting Dennylou, what have you done dietwise?  I've recently made an effort with mine and it's helping too.

S x
I am having one later this month though I don't think they will find anything. I don't have heartburn. An endocrinologist  referred me to have it. I think I will only have a slight numbing, not sedation. Hope it won't be too bad. If it's not worse than the cystoscopy it will be ok.

I am now concerned for a different reason. The leaflet from the hospital mentions the possibility of sedation but says that most patients don't need it. My problem is that I can't arrange a responsible adult to collect me and take me home if they do sedate me. I have absolutely no one to do  this for me. It says that they won't start the procedure if I haven't arranged an escort.

The doctor who arranged it made no mention of sedation at all. I am now thinking that I will have to cancel it.
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dangermouse

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« Reply #37 on: November 05, 2016, 01:22:59 PM »

This happened to me! I thought I could get a cab so got one to the hospital but they wouldn't sedate me in case I got waylaid by the cab driver!

I braved the spray only and it wasn't very pleasant but it's only for a few minutes and the team were very supportive 'there there'ing' me whilst I coughed and spluttered! It triggers the gag reflex but it's quite safe.

I did afterwards wonder if it might have been better to have been waylaid but it was good strutting past all the burly blokes coming to in the recovery room!

Go for it! 8)
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margaret

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #38 on: November 05, 2016, 01:33:53 PM »

Hi Dancinggirl,

Do you by any chance take medication for high cholesterol, my mum was taking this for a few years and noticed if she missed a couple of tablets her indigestion when away, she was in agony most nights after she took them.  she has stopped taking them altogether now and has been fine ever since x
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Katejo

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« Reply #39 on: November 05, 2016, 02:02:22 PM »

This happened to me! I thought I could get a cab so got one to the hospital but they wouldn't sedate me in case I got waylaid by the cab driver!

I braved the spray only and it wasn't very pleasant but it's only for a few minutes and the team were very supportive 'there there'ing' me whilst I coughed and spluttered! It triggers the gag reflex but it's quite safe.

I did afterwards wonder if it might have been better to have been waylaid but it was good strutting past all the burly blokes coming to in the recovery room!

Go for it! 8)
  Since writing this I have found a neighbour willing to come and collect me if needed. The wording of my letter from the hospital suggests that I get no say in it and they will refuse to start the procedure if I haven't  arranged collection.  I don't  actually  want to be sedated.

The letter also warns of a 3 to 4 hour wait. A bit hard when you have had no breakfast!
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CLKD

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« Reply #40 on: November 05, 2016, 04:23:53 PM »

Oh I wouldn't be able to eat for days if I knew I had to undergo this  :'(  :-\

One should always have a driver.  It's company!  Lots of areas have volunteer drivers which can be arranged via the Surgery.

How have you altered your diet Dennylou?   :medal:  I would have to be really ill to even consider this procedure having seen it done  :-X

I use Renniesas my go-to reflux relief remedy. Milk of Magnesia was always available whilst growing up.
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ellie

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« Reply #41 on: November 05, 2016, 04:59:21 PM »

I have had it done three times without sedation and so has my DH, and you know what men are like!
   Hospitals must vary, because the second time I had it done , DH couldn't come with me and I went alone.....It's nice to get it done, have a cuppa and go home.....but we are all different.
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Katejo

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« Reply #42 on: November 05, 2016, 05:28:08 PM »

Oh I wouldn't be able to eat for days if I knew I had to undergo this  :'(  :-\

One should always have a driver.  It's company!  Lots of areas have volunteer drivers which can be arranged via the Surgery.

How have you altered your diet Dennylou?   :medal:  I would have to be really ill to even consider this procedure having seen it done  :-X

I use Renniesas my go-to reflux relief remedy. Milk of Magnesia was always available whilst growing up.
  It's only someone to collect you afterwards so not much company while waiting. My letter states that, for reasons of privacy, the driver isn't allowed to come into the endoscopy unit at all. The nurse will ring the driver when the patient is ready for collection.

As long as I don't get sedated, I am going to work afterwards (after eating something for a late breakfast).  I almost opted out of it myself but felt that I would be left wondering whether I should have had it done.
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Katejo

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #43 on: November 05, 2016, 05:31:23 PM »

I have had it done three times without sedation and so has my DH, and you know what men are like!
   Hospitals must vary, because the second time I had it done , DH couldn't come with me and I went alone.....It's nice to get it done, have a cuppa and go home.....but we are all different.

How much discomfort was there Ellie? Did  you dread the 2nd and 3rd ones after having had it once. Before having my cystoscopy, i read quite a few entries by people who had dreaded it and then found it ok. I wasn't too worried and only had mild discomfort.
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ellie

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« Reply #44 on: November 05, 2016, 05:51:18 PM »

Not much discomfort at all. It's not pleasant simply because you gag a bit, but it is very quick.
 I find, if you can try and relax, and think of something nice ( a nice beach or something like that)  it helps....No I wasn't worried about having it done the second and third time. The last time was about a month ago, and they removed a polyp (didn't feel a thing) .....and I have felt better since then.......
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