Re: Stressed About First Visit to Gastroenterologist
The first visit to the gastroenterolgist is much like visiting your regular doctor. They weigh you, take blood pressure, etc. The doctor comes in and gets a history of your pain, and examines the area where the pain is located.
I didn't even have to remove my shirt. After the evaluation, you discuss options, tests, medications. Sounds like you have both upper and lower intestinal pain. Depending on your age, they would probably recommend an endoscopy, (upper scope), and a colonoscopy (lower scope). They may want to do an abdominal ultrasound. Truthfully, it was no big deal. That was the end of the visit. They scheduled both the scopes and the ultrasound for later visits. During the ultrasound you just lay on a table and they move the little gadget around your belly, ribs, gallbladder, etc. I had both the scopes, also not a big deal. They put in an IV, roll you into the room, get you at ease, and start injecting the drug they will use. I don't remember anything after that. The nurse comes into recovery after a while and wakes you up. I didn't even see the scopes, and I was out before they snaked the scope down my throat. No choking, no gagging. They did several biopsies of my stomach, and again I had no knowledge of that. No problems, no pain after the tests. Depending on what they find during the tests, they will decide on your treatment, usually at a follow-up visit. The worst part was the anxiety I dealt with before the tests, all for nothing!