Posted 07 July 2008 - 06:32 AM
Posted 07 July 2008 - 08:32 AM
Posted 07 July 2008 - 10:14 AM
I had a somewhat similar experience, with an Endoscopy. I had been on pain medication for a very long period of time. When I was given anesthesia for the endoscopic procedure, I was given the same pain medication and I had apparently developed somewhat of an immunity to the medication and as such it did not kick in. I was completely awake and was gagging horribly as I felt the scope being placed down my throat. It was awful. Whenever I am given an anesthetic now I am sure to let them know that the one I was previously given doesn't work at normal levels and get confirmation they are giving me an extra amount or a different medication so I am certain I am out. I don't know if that has anything to do with what you went through but I would certainly discuss it with your doctors so the same thing doesn't happen if future procedures are necessary. I am sorry you had to go through this. That being said you have nothing to be embarrassed about at all. I hope you are feeling better.
Posted 07 July 2008 - 12:54 PM
Posted 07 July 2008 - 01:39 PM
If I was you I would contact or speak to the centre that you had it done, if only to voice your concerns or worries.
Posted 07 July 2008 - 03:41 PM
I also was wide awake for an endoscopy but kept thinking to myself, this isn't so bad. It was because I didn't gagg once. Make sure that the Dr. sprays your throat very well before and you won't have that reflex. The Dr. told me that he finds the spray covers much better than gargling the numbing drug.
Posted 07 July 2008 - 10:22 PM
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:34 AM
Don't hesitate to complain. I have had this procedure since then and I don't feel a thing. You shouldn't have pain like you did and I would sure let them know so it doesn't happen again. Sorry you had to go through that.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:56 AM
Posted 11 July 2008 - 08:27 PM
Your experience was horrendous and you have absolutely no reason to be embarrassed! They screwed up - you were not supposed to feel anything during the procedure - especially not pain. Each time you have the procedure they should have the anesthesiologist speak with you to discuss issues of allergies, meds you take, prior procedures and what he/she is going to do to keep you sedated and pain free during the procedure. This should happen right before the scope takes place. You should be given the opportunity to ask any questions about your sedation and discuss wether you will be out or just lightly aware. Granted I live in a fairly large metropolitan area and I have had these procedures done in hospitals in those areas, but this is the procedure followed as part of standard medical practice.
The fact that you were awake and they knew you were in pain is a total disgrace. They should have put something in your iv immediately to control your pain and knock you out! It is very important that prior to these procedures that it is clear that you will be able to be pain free during the entire time and that you be permitted to be put to sleep if that is your preference.
It is not too late to let the doctor know about the problem with the last time. He needs to be told. It is often hard to be your own advocate, but unfortunately the state of medical care in this country is such, that you cannot be just a patient any more you have to also serve as your own health care advocate and must speak up for yourself when problems occur. Good luck. I wish you success and strength.
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 02:43 PM
I've had at least 3 endoscopies, 2 in Seattle and 1 here in Chicago. I always let the doctor, performing the procedure, and the anesthesist know I do not want to wake up in the middle of the procedure nor do I want to feel anything. Maybe I was just plain lucky, but I didn't have any problems with neither of them. As far as a colonoscopy, I haven't had one even though my last rheumatologist. recommended one. Hopefully, when I do have one it will be pain free.
I hope you've fully recovered (mentally and physically) from your experience!
Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:06 AM
Posted 16 July 2008 - 01:34 PM