Due to chronic constipation (going to the bathroom 1x a week generally), I took it upon myself to see a GI doctor last week. After the exam, he determined my problem is likely due to stress - which makes sense. My symptoms are only present Monday-Friday, bowels more normal on weekends, etc.
He asked if I had any difficulties swallowing, and generally I don't.. I tend to eat really fast and frequent, and there are certain foods I'll need something to drink to help "get down", etc.. but in general, I just didn't want to say "no" for fear of ignoring this. I believe it was this reason he ordered an EGD for next Friday (nearly a week away). They could have gotten me in the following day, but due to the fact I need a ride, that was too soon. Now I'm wishing I had made it for that day instead...
I've never been put to sleep for anything, and I am on an MAOI inhibitor (Nardil). At first, I feared Nardil would possibly interact with the medicine they gave me to put me to sleep (Propofol), but it appears there is no interaction. Next, I worried about breathing, etc... I've just been driving myself nuts over this for days now. The fact I'm on an MAOI makes things a bit more tricky, but it doesn't appear this should be an issue. I am just worried about this 'operation' now and I really don't want to have it.. and the more and more I think about it, I'm wondering if it's even necessary... or if maybe I should ask about alternatives?
I know I'm going to drive them nuts if I call and ask about alternatives.. but this whole situation is stressing me out pretty badly... (If stress is causing me issues, I don't need more of it!). If I knew I needed this operation 100%, I'd probably try to stick it out.. but I'm thinking that all this worrying is really for nothing, and if I should ask about other options... but I don't want to "run away" from something that's needed just because I'm afraid... you know what I mean? I think I just have a fear of getting put to sleep... and the Nardil only makes it worse. My mother had the same issue when she was in the hospital a couple years ago, and I've had one scary instance at a dentist's office involving a shot because the dentist was careless, and it interacted with my MAOI... which I think is fueling all of this...