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June 10th, 2009
Colonoscopy Experience
I just had my colonoscopy about 6 hours ago.

Here is a tip:
DRINK AS MANY FLUIDS AS POSSIBLE DURING PREP.

I drank more than what was needed during the prep, but when I got there, the nurses told me I was so dehydrated they could barely find a vein to give me an IV. (They had to poke me twice =[) I think the IV was the worst part, the drink tasted like 7UP (I'd reccomend you drink this if you get the lemon flavor). After taking all the medication for the colonoscopy, the BMs were bad. They flowed out me like liquid and it burned. But anyway, the guy nurse made me dizzy (He didn't even WARN me! I had to ask!) And woooooooo, I had to REMEMBER to breath. And then he sedated me (still did not warn me..) I felt a cool feeling in my throat and off I went.. to sleep.

I don't know how long the actual colonoscopy took, and I don't know how long I slept after but I was the only one left in the endoscopy room.

Suprisingly, when it was over and I got to eat.. I had one piece of pizza and a glass of water, and went to sleep. =[ I wish I could of eat more!

My results were good, I have a bit of irritation and my sample was sent to the lab to be checked (Supposedely, my dad isn't very good at listening -.-)

Just be glad it's over. Let's say that.
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replied August 4th, 2009
Colonoscopy
ive had constapatio for bout a week now and i have found blood not alot of blood but a little when i wipe my backide i havent told my mum as she is gong on holidy in 20 days and i dont wont to ruin it for her so i was going to see if can book a Colonoscopy with my local GP to see the problem but if i do have bowel cancer do i have to go through cemothearapy or is there medication also if it is just polyps do they heal and never come back or do they just keep coming ??? also after i have itdone if i choose to do i have to watch my diet or not ?
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replied August 13th, 2009
My experience on colonoscopy...
I'm around 40, male and had some discomfort on my lower left abdomen. So my doctor sent me to a gastrologiest for further checkup and he recommended for a colonoscopy if there is any cancer or any serious problem. I've arrived on the center at 12:30pm where the procedure will take place on the appointment day. I've followed the instruction to clean up the bowel with Miralax, Dulcolax and fasting before the procedure.
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I had to wait around 30 minutes and someone took me inside to complete all the paperwork. Had to sign a consent paper. I felt like I'm giving them permission that they won't be responsible for their mistake.

Anyway, finally my turn came to go inside a room where i'v changed my dress and wore a hospital gown and a nurse inserted an IV on my right hand to maintain the fluid level in my body. In around 15 minutes another nurse came and pushed my bed to the actual procedure room.
Here they gave me some medication through IV for sleep. This medicine worked very well. In 2/3 minutes I fall asleep, deep sleep. When I waked up in around 20 minutes I felt like in just couple of minutes I waked up. Doctor explained about his findings and explained that I don't have any cancer or any serious problem in my abdomen area. A big relief.
I got off from the office at around 2:45pm, little more than 3 hours total time.

Hope it helps.
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replied August 15th, 2009
I've seen it done on Youtube. And as I browse on the net,I've read that during the process, you may feel a little discomfort that is why patients are usually sedated during colonoscopy.
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replied August 25th, 2009
hi,
I've had 2 colonoscopies...so far. The most uncomfortable part I found was/is the prep for 24 hours before...taking the laxatives and 'starving'! I stayed awake for 24 hrs before the procedure...so, when they gave me a 'relaxant'...I kinda drifted off...more from exhaustion, I suppose. Did'nt feel a thing either time. good luck and don't worry too much.
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replied August 26th, 2009
I just found a great website- mycoloncheck.com - that answers a lot of questions about a first time colonoscopy. And they have a hilarious video of Homer Simpson getting a colonoscopy!
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replied August 30th, 2009
As I have been reading anything about colon care, I have read that colonoscopy is a painless process. Discomfort and anxiety is just due to the intimacy of the process. There is no pain in this because the patient is nildly sedated.
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replied September 24th, 2009
TO: OboeGirlz012

Did the colonoscopy go ok?
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replied October 23rd, 2009
Everyone is different! Supposedly, you do not feel or remember anything. I was started on a sedative before being wheeled into the procedure room, but expected a stronger dose of sedative before the procedure began. I realized that they were ready to begin the procedure while I was wide awake! They started with the scope and I promptly told them that they needed to stop because I was wide awake and was able to feel everything. They mainlined another drug into the I.V. which only served to slightly dull my senses, however I watched the whole procedure on the monitor and remember every detail - including the pain! Next time - if there is a next time - I will inform everyone within ear shot that nobody lays a hand on me until I'm out cold!
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replied January 4th, 2010
im going for my colonoscopy in a few weeks im 17 and very scared i have black stools which contain blood they did the camera down the throat first and i woke up in the middle of i've been in and out of hospital for so long i just hope this fixes it
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replied January 11th, 2010
I'm a 46 year old female and had my second colonoscopy today, my second without sedation. It's extremely painful without sedation, but I don't like being knocked out. And this one was performed at the hospital where I work as a nurse so I was a bit paranoid bout that aspect.

My brother takes the sedation and says it's a breeze. I got through it with some moans and groans and a lot of deep slow breathing. The doctor found a polyp this time and took a biopsy from it so maybe that's what caused my recovery period to be worse than the last time.

The air the doctor puts into your bowel during the procedure has to come back out, with my first procedure it did, easily and quickly and I was happy to be out of recovery and on my way home before all the sedated patients. During the taking of the biopsy the doctor put a load more air in so he could see what he was doing biopsy-wise.

This time the air didn't move so fast. I was in agony in the recovery room for approx an hour as waves of pain came and went. I was hyperventilating apparently, pins and needles in my feet and hands, nausea, cold, shivering, they kept telling me to breath slow and deep, I was trying to. They also kept telling me not to hold the air in my bowel in, just let it out, I WASN'T holding it in, it just wasn't moving.

After being so brave and strong during the colonoscopy and biopsy, I felt really stupid getting so upset with some trapped air. And I was upset, the pain was making me really rather emotional and strung out. After a very very long time it started moving and I was able to pass wind, but this took a while too, bit by slow agonising bit.

They told me I had colic and the doctor would give me IV analgesia but he was still in theatre, I didn't want the medication though, they also talked about passing a tube to allow the air out, but by this time it had began moving on it's own and we didn't go down that road.

The spasms of pain got less intense nearer the end. Two minutes after the majority of the air was out I was back to normal. Still a bit uncomforatble tonight after a couple doses of Frutees to try and move the last of the air.

If that's colic, I really really understand crying babies now, them poor wee souls have to endure that, and they get a dose of gripe water, if they're lucky. Jeeez, they should be getting Morphine.

I'll be having a colonoscopy every two years and gynae investigations every year for the rest of my life, so I better get used to it. There's an increased risk of bowel cancer and uterine cancer in my genes, so needless to say I'm grateful for the attention. But it's not pleasant at all, and the bowel prep ain't no picnic either.
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replied January 26th, 2010
It really isn't worth it unless you have some symptoms to be concerned about. The best stats show that at the most, survival is improved by 33% over persons that have not had one. Risk of tear is a big one and god forbid that they should create a tear into your abdomen - peritonitis (a HORRIBLE body infection). Not to mention the idiocy behind IRRADIATING your colon to look for cancer (radiation can create mutations in cell dna leading to cancer cell development - how wise is that?).
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replied February 28th, 2010
refuse versed
do not consent to colonoscopy with the usual drug versed (midazolam).....it's an amessic and it's patient abuse...................
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replied May 3rd, 2010
today medicine
years ago I bet these stories would hold but today its not like that...its 2010 and you get put to sleep, at least in the south they put you to sleep...I had so much fear and anxiety over all the articles I read before my colonoscopy and was ready for horror..it was a breeze and I had my life saved because they found a polyp that would have turned cancerous I was told..I never knew it happened because no pain..I was put to sleep.
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replied May 7th, 2010
Colonoscopy
I''m 34 and going for a colonoscopy in June. The doctor didn''t ask whether or not I wanted to be sedated....he just told me that I would be. To be honest I don''t even know why he''s sending me for one (although I have been having some stomach problems), but basically he just said I should go for one....then, I get a prescription for Vitamin B12. I guess I must have a deficiency of some sort....doesn''t seem like it warrants a colonoscopy though. Anyone have a similar issue?
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replied May 18th, 2010
Re: First Colonoscopy 6/10/09
OboeGirlz012 wrote:
I'm having a colonoscopy in two days, and I'm about to start the preperation procedure in 2 hours and 12 minutes. >_< I'm 15, and I'm so freaking out almost. I've never stepped into a hospital for anything medical, I've never had IVs, I can't imagine an "artificial sleep." I don't wanna drink the stuff they gave me. And on top of that, I get to imagine a tube going down my mouth! And then up my butt! I don't like the thoughts about this. >_< I hope this finishes everything and I don't have to go back. =[ I've been bleeding for over a year now, but I didn't tell my mom until about 11 months. (I think) I'm so scared about being embarassed and what people will think. =[

If a tear is found in your colon, how do they fix it? Apparently if they find one, they would bring a surgeon in. Would they have to cut me open, or would they use the intruments through the tube?


Hey, I'm 16 yrs old and I just got a colonoscopy done a week ago. It wasn't as bad as your making it seem. Actually the only pain I felt was the bloating afterward from all the air that enters you,I even had a sample of my colon taken by I didn't feel any pain. I had to drink 4L of COLYTE that was flavored Pineapple but it was still really disgusting to drink. That was probably the worst part of this whole procedure, but I didn't end up drinking the whole 4L because once you have clear liquid being passed you can stop drinking it.
Once I got into the hospital I had to take everything off and have only the hospital gown on which was awkward at first. After getting everything explained to me I was given an IV which isn't that bad, unless you have a really bad phobia of needles. Once I was wheeled into the operation room with my bed I had one nurse giving me pain killers and something to give me amnesia into my IV and another hooking me up to a heart rate and blood pressure monitor and pure oxygen through my nose (which I was complaining to the nurse about because I heard that it's best if you breath a mixture of air not pure oxygen.) The last thing I remembered was being told to turn onto my side and pull my knees up, but by that point I didn't feel any shame at all and barely noticed that my bare bum was showing.
When my memory started coming back to me I remember being really jumpy and really annoyed by all the things hooked up to me. I also asked my mom about 10 times what the time was because each time she told me I couldn't remember or comprehend. As I was walking out I felt really drunk but I was able to make it to my car fine and as soon as I got home I fell asleep and slept for a good 3hrs. Afterward I felt really bloated and I didn't have a bowel movement for 2 days(from the laxatives.)
Now I'm just waiting for my appointment to see what the results are Smile
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replied May 19th, 2010
Inflammatory bowel disease reason for excruciating procedure?
It's clear that it's different for everyone! Some feel nothing, even without sedation, and I wish I were one of those Smile. Also, not everywhere in the world follows the same procedures and has the same approach.

I live in Sweden and had a sigmoidoscopy (endoscopy of first 2/3 of colon) and colonoscopy last week. Being "put out" to the point where you are unaware of what is going on is not done in Sweden. I wish it were! With the sigmoidoscopy, they discovered I have an inflammatory bowel disease which was quite inflamed and infected at the time, so I'm hoping that this was the reason for the agony as I am petrified of future procedures for checking the status of the disease.

I was given IV pain and sedation meds for both the sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. Both times sedation only worked for 5 or 10 minutes at most (maybe they underestimate how much I need because I look so tiny??) and the pain meds not at all.

Both procedures were absolutely excruciating...I can completely relate to a previous post about writhing and crying out in agony. I've made it through 14 hrs of induced labour with absolutely no drug intervention or pain relief without screaming or yelling once, so this level of pain was beyond what I could have imagined.
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replied June 2nd, 2010
Agonising colonoscopy
2nd June 2010. I live in the UK and went for a colonoscopy yesterday. I was told I would be sedated, but not unconscious and was also given an IV painkiller.....I was actually invited by the consultant to watch the monitor as she began the procedure. I remained totally alert and wide awake throughout the procedure. The first 5 minutes were uncomfortable, but then I was subjected to THE MOST EXCRUTIATING PAIN I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. I WAS SCREAMING BUT THEY KEPT GOING FOR ANOTHER TWENTY MINUTES OR SO.IT FELT AS IF SOMEONE HAD STUCK A SWORD IN MY GUTS AND WAS TWISTING IT ROUND. I only had the colonoscopy in the first place as there is a history of bowel cancer in my immediate family. My dad died from it last August. The only good thing I can report is that I got the all clear....I am not sure whether or not to try and sue for malpractice/negligence etc. It is not anywhere as easy to do this in the UK as in the USA. My advice is if you ever have to go through this procedure insist on being put under general anaesthetic. May God be with you !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Colin
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replied July 14th, 2010
skip the colonoscopy drugs especially versed
I have had 3 colonoscopies and all were done without any drugs. The "sedation" durgs such as versed (midazolm) don't relax you; they force you to forget the procedure (somewhat) and can cause terrible post-procedure amnesia and it often is long-term. Imagine not remembering your PIN or kids birthdays.
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replied July 29th, 2010
I had a colonoscopy yesterday. I was told I would have sedation & pain relief, which was given (?) by IV. The pain was not so bad for a few minutes then the pain was (as said above) traumatic.It lasted for an hour! I was treated with no respect, the lady doing it was impatient and intolerant and after asking twice for something for the extreme pain was told you have HAD pain relief! I was made to feel embarrassed by suffering & showing the agony!

During the excruciating procedure she found a small polyp. She had to call in a doctor to remove it saying she wasn't very experienced at doing that. He came in & talked her through it. I was sweating profusely, feeling sick and writhing in pain. He could see my distress and made her stop.
Now I thought 'this is because of the NHS finance & due to cuts they have not given me the correct dose of pain relief - anaesthetic' Am I right or wrong?
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