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Pain after upper endoscopy / EGD

Hi, I just underwent an upper endoscopy and biopsy yesterday for some stomach pain I've had for several years. I haven't gotten test results back but so far have been diagnosed with chronic gastritis and reflux esophagitis. My question is about how I am feeling right now. From all I've read there should be no pain or discomfort after the procedure but I feel like someone punched me in the stomach and I'm nauseated. I wasn't having a flare-up at the time of the procedure but I'm wondering if somehow having the scope in there irriated my stomach lining. The pain isn't severe which I guess would indicate a complication like a perforation and I have no fever or anything but I can't come up with any stories from anyone about not feeling well after this procedure. I called the Dr's office and the nurse just said it was because they had to put air into my stomach for the procedure and because I didn't eat yesterday until about 1pm . I just don't know. I don't feel gassy... Anyone else have this experience?
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Hi Nygrl,

I just had the same test (endoscopy and biopsy) on 2-19.  I have also had some minor stomach pain. Also, feel like there is a knot right below sternam (spelling?) plus quite a bit of belching. It kind of feels like I'm swallowing a large amount of something and it is sticking in my chest.

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I can totally relate.  Had endoscopy/bipsy and colonscopy on 2.13.2007.  have had sick feeling to stomach and severe belching since.  found out i have hyplori and erosions.  I think the scope irritated the reflux and has made it worse.  Start treatment for hyplori-hopefully symptoms will clear
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My nephew, 27yrs old, had an EGD in Dec. 2007 for a history of acid reflux which was well controlled with Nexium.  Within 6 hours of the EGD he also developed epigastric/chest discomfort with vomiting. Although his symptoms were vague, we decided to have him looked at in the local ER.  We were thinking maybe perforation.  They did an EKG and he was having a heart attack.  He was given clot buster and sent to a larger hospital where the heart cath showed clean arteries. No one can tell us if the two are related. We feel that they are related because he has never had any problems with the heart or signs and symptoms of heart problems.  We do not think of an EGD as a benign procedure anymore.
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Had EGD and colonoscopy this past week. was told would not feel a thing.
felt nothing at the time of EGD being done, but did wake up, and feel the insertion of the colon tube, had pain each time it was advanced and found myelf calling out.
Felt violated, lied to, and was in alot of pain while waking  up more, and after ward
Feeling I had was like a horse kicked me in my upper and lower abdomen, felt bruised internally. was realy sore and in alot of discomfort.Just wanted to get out of there ASAP. discomfort and soreness continued on for several days. still finding myself feeling not back to norm and mild discomfort now, with bloating on and off still feel sore, but not as intense as it was.
.It has been 4 days now.awaiting biospy results, I hope they can tell me something, as I
never will do these test again.
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Ive just had the endoscopy and biopsy today..Ive had it three times now.  My stomach is extremely gassy and I keep cramping up.  This didnt happen the other times.  I know they fill your intestines with air as the camera passs through and the fact Ive been fasting for the past 36 hours probably doesnt help.  Hoping the cramps will go soon.  Just wondering is this normal?!
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Have both set up for this month,  hope this is not the normal issues with these test.
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I had the same feeling.. It didn't go away for probably a week. I believe it is from the air also. And it isnt a gassy feeling... Just pain, and if you vomit theres no reliefe! Id have it checked out if you dont feel better soon. Or just to get peice of mind! But it probably will go away.
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I had an egd done on 6-26 and had 2 polyps removed. They said I had multiple polyps in my stomach but are waiting on biopsy results before doing anything to the rest. I have had this done before and had no problems. This time is totally different. My upper stomach right under my breasts feels like its in knots. Almost like it was kicked really hard. Went to the ER this morning and they didn't do anything. Said it was from removing the polyps. I also feel very nauseas at times. I know it is not from the air they put in. I can tell the difference between gas and pain. But they act as if I am crazy. Anyone else have these problems?
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How long did it take u to recover, the reason I ask is because three wks ago i had an EGD done and two wks ago i had a colonoscopy. Right under my breasts I have excruciating pain and burning. I am also belching badly now..I regret having these procedures done.
They just wanted o look at my stomach, they didn't do a biopsy or anything and I feel that sort of pain, it comes and goes, it's worse when I eat, it get really sharp, I just had it done today 6/1/16
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I feel your pain! I had my EGD on July 8 (3 days ago) and had 2 polyps removed also.  I have the same feeling...knots right below the sternum!  Just a really bad TUMMY ACHE!  I have been nauseated and even vomitted. I also hurts worse when I eat. When I swallow it feels like the food gets stuck right there at the sternum.  That is where one of the polyps was removed, but should it hurt that bad?  I'm with you!
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I had endoscopy done a month ago and am still having discomfort in stomach as well as nausea that comes and goes....anyone experience this after several weeks?  am starting to be concerned about this.
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I had an endoscopy/colonoscopy yesterday at about noon. The whole thing seemed to go smoothly, after which I ate lunch (on my way home from the hospital). Dr. said my large intestine was clear, no sign of any problems, but my stomach showed some inflammation and that he took some samples for biopsy, and that I was to start prilosec today. About 3:30PM yesterday I started getting rythmic stomach pains, took Maalox after checking with doc's office, then TUMS after speaking with doc. Still no relief. Ate a filling dinner as I was really hungry (a good sign) and then pains returned. Drank a bottle of water after taking more Maalox and TUMS and got to sleep. Woke this morning about 6AM from a bad dream (Elton John had died!:(  ), to more pain, which I'd describe as shooting (as in acid) pains in intervals from the left side of my stomach, worse than any I've had from taking advil in the past. I'm going to call the dr.'s office at 9AM and go in for an x-ray.
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I had an endoscopy today 18th Aug and it was awfull i was told i wouldnt feel anything and i felt everything the dr told me to swallow and he pushed it in before i swallowed! my stomache feels bloated now 8 hours on im very windy and need to keep burping but the main problem is my throat its so sore i can barely swallow is it normal for the throat to be so sore? no one told me it would hiurt at all afterwards? i was told maybe i might feel bloated but not have throat pain. im worried sick!
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i had an endoscopy last year my throat hurt like hell after the test it took about 48 hours for the feeling to go i was supposed to have another one on 15th aug  i went for the test with all good intentions even had sedation but i couldnt tolerate it so didnt go through with it  so now got to have barium meal they will have to proper put me to sleep if they want to do this test because its horrible  but throat pain is completely normal  drink plenty of water this helped me  and suck ice cubes good luck
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I had an endoscopy yesterday (21st August) as I have been in pain since having a lunch infection starting febrary.

Taken into hospital via ambulance twice where they said it was gastric, pain every day, 40g omerprazole.

Had the scan, doc said everthing normal, although taken a biopsy. Feeling extremly confused, still in alot of pain.

Any ideas????
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What I ment to say was I had a lung infection, not lunch sorry. LOL

The pain I experience is pain in the chest, hiccups everyday, (1 every hr or 2), pain in the duodenal area and under my right rid, so much so it takes my breath. Acid reflux also and quiet windy.

Anyone else experience these symptons?
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I had an upper endoscopy yesterday after months of continuous belching seemingly stemming from an incident in March (which involved chest pain, faint feeling, extreme weakness, neurological manifestations with arm/shoulder tingling = 2 ER visits, complete cardio work-up). Any way, the Dr. found gastritis, duodenitis, a gastric ulcer and sprue like changes in the duodenum.
I hadn't had any pain for a couple of months but now I have back pain between the shoulders, stomach pain right below the sternum and even more severe belching, all of which seem to come in 'waves' or episodes that last seconds and occur with varying frequency.
Can anyone relate? How long did it take for the pain to go away!?
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Thanks for your comment i dont blame you at all theres no way i'd ever have anthother endoscopy NO WAY it was awfull its been a week now and my throat still hurts! im always burping and dr didnt find anythingbut my troat hurts like hell and my neck is sore i thunk im just in need of a new neck!
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I just had the simple endoscopy because I have had trouble swallowing. Personally I think they tell everyone it doesn't hurt afterward because no one would ever have it done. Unfortunately I also have pancreatitis and woke up to a horrid attack. Not a great start to the simple procedure.
I then started with pain in my throat and chest and stomach. I could hardly drink water and eating was like rocks going down my throat. It still feels as if I have a lot of spasms starting from when I try to swallow all the way down to my stomach. Of course the Dr. says don't worry about it but it hurts like hell. I feel like all's I can do is whine and complain. And yes to Prolapsed, my neck hurts to the touch as well. I did have many polyps removed and they stretched my esophagus. I am hoping things will be ok within the next few days but it isn't looking very good. Lots of spasms all up and down my throat as well as pain. I wish DRs. would just tell the truth about what to expect so I don't think I am losing what is left of my mind! Good wishes to you all out there who are suffering some sort of pain or issue that "cannot be explained"! I feel for you..... Keep the faith, smiling at you all,
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I just posted a question about the upper endoscopy but guess I should have read down a little further for this post..... I feel awful after it.  Sore kinda of swelling feeling in my throat and in my chest.  And some nausea which I assumed was from the anesthesia (?) but maybe not.
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My husband, who now is 30years old had a colonoscopy and EGD the same day for stomach pain and rectal bleeding. Luckily, the test came back ok...just gastritis and bleeding ulcers in the colon. And that has been his only health problem. As soon as he was awake from the colonoscopy and EGD, he reported back pain, no stomach, throat or rectal discomfort just mild back pain. The dr said that was common after those procedures. At his follow up appointment (to get his biopsy reports, which thankfully was negative) he told the dr that he was still having the back pain, but it had gotten worse. Three days after that appointment, he fell in the floor in pain. I took him to the dr and they did a MRI which showed that he had a two bulging and one herniated lumbar disc. His neurosurgen said it wasn't severe enough for surgery and that he would have to learn to deal with the pain.Two years later he still has back pain. He can't lift anything heavy. He can't sit or stand for long periods of time without being in pain, and he can't play ball with our boys. I don't know how this could have happened, except for this procedure. He had not experienced any type of back pain prior to having the colonoscopy and EGD.  Have any of you had a similar experience, or now if this procedure can cause this type of back problems?
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My guess is that your husband had the disc problem but didn't realize it.  My husband has them and was told he had had them for a while but something finally aggravated them enough to make them bulge and have the pain.  Now about once a year or so he has a problem with them.  Maybe the colonoscopy was enough to make the discs finally flare up.  

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Had colonoscopy & EDG 3 months ago, no pain, had another EDG yesterday to figure out why I was having pain in mid chest area, and today I can barely move, this is not a gassy feeling, its as though I had major surgery.  My throat is red and torn up, every time I cough or take a deep breath my stomach hurts.
You have got to love the Dr.s no one can give you a straight answer.  Had my EDG, that doctor comes out and says everything looks good.  Then in the hospital room another doctor comes in and says you are having spams from the hiatal hernia they found... what hernia they found...I thought everything was "good"...Which is is?  
Do doctors purposely try to confuse us?  It's bad enough that it could take years for them to discover what is "wrong"  with us.  Then they act like it's your fault for not telling them.   Good luck everyone.
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i had colonoscopy and EDG yesterday and my throat down to my breastbone is killing me. They found gastric erosions, never said what that meant, of course biopsy wont be back for week.  ALso have bad diarrea , dont know why, haven't eaten in three days!
so does anyone who had the pain ever get results, and how long did it last?
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This may sound silly and it is somewhat of a longshot, but I wonder if there is any way that your husband may have fallen off the operating table during the procedure and landed on his back. If that did happen, it is possible that the doctor would not have admitted to the incident. I mean it would be awfully embarassing for a doctor to admit that he accidentally let a patient fall off the table during a procedure. I know that scenario sounds like a longshot, but I can't think of any other possible reason as to why the back pain would have begun right after the procedure.
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