More this morning for ya, Suze!
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1/6/07 at 6:29am
Well, I'm back. I had to drink all kinds of barium crap.......yuck, but the test was fine.......hopefully it will show something so we can find out what my problems are and fix them.
Thanks for all the support. next thing is Gastro doctor Monday morning at 8:45........now that makes me nervous!
Thanks Sarah..........there really isn't another thread......well, there might be, but I was just once again asking for vibes. (I feel like a vibe hog) I've had stomach pains for a long time and I'm finally being sent to a gastro doc to see if perhaps he can figure it out. My primary doc thinnks I might have an ulcer, so I guess the gastro guy will do his thing down my throat to have a look around. I'm scared to death of that, and also what he might find, so I'm asking for vibes for courage strength and good news at the outcome of all of this............my appt for tomorrow morning I think is just a consultation with him........and then I would think he'd schedule whatever procedure he feels he needs to do.
I see. Well, as you've probably been told there can be a lot of explanations for non-specific stomach pain, and things like the barium study that you had, and a gastroscopy with routine, random biopsies, are very useful diagnostic tools.
If I can share with you some of the statistics associated with endoscopy then it might help you be more at ease. The usual incidence of a complication from endoscopy is one in 2000, with the incidence of perforation of the lining of the oesophagus or stomach even lower, about one in 3-4,000. These are routine procedures and most gastroenterologists will perform 20 to 40 gastroscopies per week, depending on how much of their practice is procedural. It can be a little uncomfortable but rarely painful, and is usually over within 30 minutes. Mostly, you don't even need a general anaesthetic for one, just a deep sedation where you are fast asleep with no knowledge or memory of the procedure, it's just a safer way to sedate and is much shorter-acting.
After-effects from endoscopy can range from simple tiredness to some bloating (they pump some air into your stomach to inflate it a bit, to help see more easily) to a bit of windy gas. That's usually about it.
You would be amazed at the level of pain acid reflux/peptic ulcer disease can cause. You may also be tested for coeliac disease, eosinophilic oesophagitis and colitis or crohn's disease during an endoscopy (lower GI disorders can often manifest in upper GI symptoms) and the doctor will be able to see any signs of erosion, inflammation or ulcer disease as the lining examined can show redness or similar mucosal changes. Sometimes these things are present microscopically so that is why random biopsies are routine with these procedures. Often non-specific cramping can be due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is treated by dietary modification.
Other causes could be liver, gallbladder or pancreatic disease, which can be determined by a different kind of scope called Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which is an examination of the bile duct and surrounding structures, but symptoms relating to these disorders are usually more specifically located within the abdomen, with additional symptoms as well.
I know that was probably a bit much for you to take in, particularly if you are stressed, but remember that stress is a significant trigger for abdominal pain so it is in your best interests to look after yourself and try to relax, which is not as easy as it sounds.
You are in no way a vibe hog and I add my personal hugs and vibes to the others already heading your way. Good luck and if you have any questions that I can answer I would be very happy to try
Oh - it is a day procedure and you're up and about, fine, by that night in most cases, depending on how sedation affects you.