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#1 WestCoast1

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 07:42 AM

Hello Forum,
So at my first G.I. apt. we talked about lab results and tests that we have to do because of them. So in the next few weeks I will have to have an abdominal ultrasound, (for a baseline), then an endoscopy with byopsy. I am a little scared about this one because I have had an echocardio-endoscopy before and it was awful! The last test will be more labs of course. I think I have had more blood drawn recently than when I was pregnant! :blink:

He says that what ever he finds it will pinpoint a diganosis for the rheumatologist. I guess that I am anxious to get these things over with and finally begin treatment that will really help. As it is now, the rheumatologist has taken me off Plaquenil to "see" how things go and if my labs change because of this. I havn't noticed any real changes except for the onset of MAJOR fatigue. I feel tired all the time. I never feel energetic, and I just seem to be sleepwalking through the day. Dispite my excercise and healty diet, I just can't seem to find my "get up and go"! I think it "got up and left"! :( Anyhow, I will let you know through out the month how things progress.

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 08:14 AM

Hi Erin,

Thanks for the update! I am sorry to hear that you had to go off the Plaquenil and are now so tired. That is no fun!

I found the GI endoscopy test to be one of the easiest tests I have had. They put you in a twilight sleep and it is over and you are back home sleeping before you know it! And, I never experienced a sore throat or anything from it. I do hope it goes well for you.

Please do keep us posted on the outcome of all of your tests.

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 09:05 AM

Erin,
I so glad to read that things are moving toward some type of diagnosis. Sorry it's taking so much testing, but you'll get use to it. :blink: At least you have found a GI that's not afraid to run these test and get some information. Please do keep us informed on the results.

Last Friday when I had my failed ablation, the first thing they did was an echocario-endoscopy. I think that's what it was. They used an endoscope and ultrasound to check for blood clots in the heart chambers. It was a piece of cake. They sprayed the back of my throat 3 times with some nasty tasting banana flavored spray that I swished and swallowed. Of course by the third spray I couldn't taste nor feel anything. Then when they inserted the scope it was down the hatch with no problem and then out. Very easy in comparison to other tests. I hope your's is just as easy.

Thanks for the update. Please keep us informed.

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 11:35 AM

Hi Erin,

Thank you so much for the update. Sounds like you are in for a lot of busy testing. I'm really sorry your doctor chose to take you off the plaquenil. I don't think I could live without it!!

Do keep us posted.
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 01:28 PM

Hi Erin,
Heidi is absolutely right...when you have your endoscopy, you are put into the twilight sleep she spoke of via something most likely called Versad... You will have no memory of what took place, yet if they need for you to do something, you can do it, upon command. It is painless as she mentioned, too.

Let us know how everything went?
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