So, I recently had an NG, not for suction, but for outpatient manometry and then 24 hr pH testing. I knew it would be bad, terrible in fact. What I did not expect (and I am not being hyperbolic) was that I basically found the testing to be torture.
I will spare the details, (while placing the 1st tube for manometry, she just hung out at my gag reflex so I could vomit 4 times) but honestly, placing the tube was so much worse than I expected. My NGT was much thinner and softer than the ones placed for suction so I cannot imagine how much worse that is.
Also, once placed, I could barely turn my head, which was great because I had to drive 40 minutes home. Even hours after placement, it was awful. I had such a bad headache, throat ache and nose ache that I seriously considered pulling it out.
I know we often place these with little to no anesthetic and after having this done I will never do that again (unless it is a code).
Please ask your Doc's/NP's/PA's for something better to make this less painful!!!