My mum just had the procedure done for ulcers under local anaesthesia, and it was a terrible experience for her, and it hurts me to hear her describe it afterwards. The specialist said she was 'uncooperative' and that everyone could see that she was very tensed, hence it was a 'struggle' to perform the procedure. I'm not sure whether it was due to a negative experience about a decade ago, when the 'tubing' was thicker, or because she has a strong gag reflex, etc. The worst thing is after taking some medication, she has to go back for another scope in a few weeks' time.
Has anyone of you or your friends/relatives undergone an endoscopy before and how long ago was it? What was the experience like? Were you under general/local anaesthesia/sedation? Any tips on how to make it more tolerable? TIA.