| | Re: Lump in throat- After a gastroscopy
Hi - I had a Gastroscopy done in February 2012 as a routine procedure after being diagnosed with bowel cancer and a hiatus hernia in 1998. Following surgery for the bowel cancer I was also prescribed medication for gastric reflux ie. Nexium. I now need to have regular gastroscopies. I have, over the years, had at least 8 gastroscopies however I have never experienced a lump in the throat like I have now which appears to be getting worse. It started five days after the Gastroscopy following a horrible experience where I couldn't breathe and had to be taken to a local clinic. At home , the night following the Gastroscopy, I didn't feel well & was terribly cold so I had a shower to warm up & went to bed. About five nights later I was sitting in my lounge chair & suddenly felt a restriction in my throat resulting in wheezing & not being able to breathe very well. My husband took me to a local clinic that provided a script for a nasal spray and advise to go home, fill a bowl with warm water & eucalyptus, put a towel over my head & do inhalations, which helped until I could get the script filled the next day. I went to my normal doctor who prescribed an inhaler to open the airways as he thought it may have been an allergy. It is now five months later & the lump is getting worse to the point where it constantly feels like someone is pushing their finger against my throat in the adams apple region which is getting progressively worse & is there constantly. I made an appointment to return to the gastroenterologist who did the Gastroscopy however I have doubts about whether or not the doctor will tell me the truth about why I have this lump feeling now. At the time of the procedure a patient arrived in the day hospital showing signs of an allergic reaction to some medication they were taking (without a prior appointment but needing medical assistance). I recall thinking if it were me I would want assistance. The patient was pushed in to see the gastroenterologist just as I was about to be taken in for my procedure, so I waited of course. After about an hour or so the anaesthetist came into the waiting room to start my induction explaining the gastroenterologist was delayed. Finally I was taken in to see the gastroenterologist who was clearly under pressure & on the phone calling for an ambulance for the patient suffering the allergic reaction. Long story short... I had about thirty seconds to discuss my history etc. with the gastroenterologist, who appeared very annoyed. I was then taken by the nurse (who looked terribly embarrassed) to prepare for the Gastroscopy. Recently, I went back to my GP to ask about the lump & advice. I now have an appointment with an ENT specialist in about a month's time to see what has happened to my throat. I will then go back to the original gastroenterologist with the results. I have to say I am very disappointed at being made to feel like I was a nuisance at the time of my Gastroscopy, and never dreamed I would be left with this awful feeling in the throat. Has anyone else been left with a lump feeling like this & what was the outcome i.e. what was necessary to alleviate this awful feeling in the throat??
Last edited by mupkins; 07-15-2012 at 05:39 PM.
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