Monday, July 21, 2008

Never Ending

It seems as though the doctor visits and such are never ending... I went to a specialist today and she told me that I need to go in to the hospital Wednesday morning to get an Upper Endoscopy done to see what might be wrong with my stomach... Here is a link of what exactly it is. I check in by 6:30am and will be in to work afterwards (but I can't drive because they knock me out for it). I am hoping that they find something specific wrong (rather than just what they 'think' might be wrong or just a possibility of what could be causing all the problems).

Upper endoscopy enables the physician to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). The procedure might be used to discover the reason for swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, reflux, bleeding, indigestion, abdominal pain, or chest pain. Upper endoscopy is also called EGD, which stands for esophagogastroduodenoscopy (eh-SAH-fuh-goh-GAS-troh-doo-AH-duh-NAH-skuh-pee).

For the procedure you will swallow a thin, flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope (EN-doh-skope). Right before the procedure the physician will spray your throat with a numbing agent that may help prevent gagging. You may also receive pain medicine and a sedative to help you relax during the exam. The endoscope transmits an image of the inside of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, so the physician can carefully examine the lining of these organs. The scope also blows air into the stomach; this expands the folds of tissue and makes it easier for the physician to examine the stomach.

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