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Old 08-22-2006, 03:08 PM   #1
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Colonoscopy yesterday -- not that bad!

To anyone who is putting off going to the doctor out of fear of having a colonoscopy, don't. It's really nothing.

I had my first colonoscopy yesterday after years of IBS symptoms including occasional bleeding, cramping, mucus in the stool, alternating diarrhea and constipation and excess gas.

I knew that based on my age odds were in my favour that cancer would not be found, but also knew that I could not get a proper diagnosis without a colonoscopy.

I was put off by the idea, despite reading about the procedure and looking at photos and videos of them, but ultimately decided that I was being stupid and that I couldn't just diagnose myself as having IBS. I knew that I had to go see a GI specialist and have the test.

So I did. I called my GP and told him that I wanted to get a firm diagnosis for my IBS and that I wanted him to schedule me for a colonoscopy with his colleague, a GI specialist.

I was given a date three weeks away and put it out of my mind.

As the date approached, I started getting more nervous. I was scared of the prep, scared of the procedure, and scared of what it would find.

The day before the test I was on an all liquid diet, so the night before I had my favourite meal, with dessert! The next day it was all broth, jello, clear juices and water for me. I was starving and snapped at my husband a few times, but thankfully he was veyr understanding.

At 3pm I began to drink the 4L of Trilyte. It was rather gross tasting, but nothing I couldn't handle. After only about 10-15 minutes, I began voiding my bowels. After about three hours, I had finished the 4L and my movements were clear yellow with a bit of mucus. For the rest of the night I had several more clear movements every few hours, but nothing too horrible. I did have some chills, and some mild cramping, but it was bearable certainly.

My appointment was at 10:30 the next morning so I got to the hospital early, at about 9:30 to check in and get my IV put in.

They gave me a johnny to change into, put an IV into the back of my hand, and gave me some fluids through my IV as I was a little dehydrated.

At 11, they wheeled me into the exam room, and the doctor had me sign a waiver (don't worry, complications are rare, but they need to have you sign!)

Then they gave me versed and demerol and immediately I felt lovely. Just sort of "floating". I dozed off for awhile and awoke briefly when they introduced air into my colon. I had some minor cramping, but nothing awful. I then watched my colonoscopy on the screen for a bit before falling asleep again.

I awoke in the recovery room, and was encouraged to pass gas. I did, and when my nurses were satisfied I had passed enough, I was given a small cup of juice and a muffin.

My doctor then came in and spoke briefly to me, telling me that everything went well. There was a bit of inflammation in my rectum that he biopsied just in case, but that it was almost certainly from irritation caused by the prep the day before as well as the trauma of the scope. There was also a very small polyp that he removed. Other then that, nothing of concern.

I then got dressed and was taken out to the waiting room where my husband was waiting for me. I still felt a bit "out of it" and gassy, but fine other then that.

I went home and slept the rest of the day.

I have had a bit of blood in my bowel movements this morning, a result of the polypectomy and biopsy and nothing to worry about (bleeding after a colonoscopy is quite normal provided it isn't a lot of blood and is not accompanied by any severe abdominal pain).

Other then being gassy, I really can't complain.

The procedure was nothing, especially when it means an accurate diagnosis.

 
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Old 08-22-2006, 03:55 PM   #2
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Re: Colonoscopy yesterday -- not that bad!

Glad to hear it went well for you!

I am going for one in September, and I'm much more worried about what they will find than the procedure, as I've had one before and pretty much know what to expect. I am also worried about the prep doing a number on my rectum. I had fissure surgery in March, and the doctor was planning on doing a colonoscopy once everything was fully healed, but things haven't been doing too well down there. I think it might be an internal hemorrhoid. I told him I have been noticing some blood in, or probably more accurately, on my stool. And whenever I have two or more BMs in a day, it tends to get swollen and irritated around the opening.

I applaud you for going and getting a proper diagnosis. I just wish I could put it out of my mind until I have to go like you did. Its consuming me. Even though the doctor said he's 99% sure its not anything bad, I keep thinking the worst.

 
Old 08-23-2006, 11:58 AM   #3
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Re: Colonoscopy yesterday -- not that bad!

Daisiesformonkeys,

Thanks so much for posting your experience. I'm scheduled to have one in two weeks and am terrified. I've had experience with the prep when I had abdominal surgery five years ago. It was no fun but I lived through it. I certainly am not looking forward to that part of it. If I was assured that I'd be totally "out of it" and not feel a thing, I guess I'd feel better. I had a barium enema many years ago and didn't find it too bad except when they blew me up with air. Once again, I don't care for that part since I feel bloated enough all the time anyway.

I, too, am worried about what they may find due to my age and the fact that I have had a cancerous abdominal tumor in the past. My oncology surgeon says that the type of cancer I had does not make me more prone to developing another type of cancer. But you always have that fear once you've had the awful experience. Luckily for me, I didn't need chemo or radiation and am fine now. Hopefully, I'll get good news and the colonoscopy experience won't be as bad as I'm imagining (I'm even having bad dreams about it).

 
Old 08-23-2006, 03:41 PM   #4
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Re: Colonoscopy yesterday -- not that bad!

Thank you for the encouragement..I just stopped by here on my way to the acid reflux and thyroid sights..I should have had a colonoscopy several years ago, with family history..and keep putting it off..partly out of fear of prep and fear of wat might be found. Our friends son(30) just had surgery for colon cancer 2 days after getting married..only sumptons he started having were a cramping..now I know I need to get it done, just easier to put it out of mind. Thank you for reassuring words, as some people i have talked to said it is horrible..up all night in the bathroom.

Sue

 
Old 08-23-2006, 04:11 PM   #5
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Re: Colonoscopy yesterday -- not that bad!

hi i went to the gi doctor for my first time today, i had bowel problems for a few years now and i finally got the guts to go to the gi and he thinks i have IBS so september 8th i'm getting a colonoscopy done,my dad had one 2 years ago and he said it wasn't bad at all just the stuff you drink because it makes you go to the bathroom alot. i just hope i get possitive results back. i'm a worry freak, i worry about everything so i'm taking klonopin to calm my nerves and all.....

 
Old 08-27-2006, 01:07 PM   #6
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Re: Colonoscopy yesterday -- not that bad!

Daisy....man were you lucky.

My Gastro wouldnt even give me a valium to calm me down. No drugs, in his office and NO LUBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I couldnt handle it so he never got done....all was ok with what he saw but he acted so ****** at me.
EVERYONE else that told me they had it done says it was a breeze and they got some comfort drug. I will NEVER have one again.

 
Old 08-28-2006, 03:57 PM   #7
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Re: Colonoscopy yesterday -- not that bad!

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Daisy....man were you lucky.

My Gastro wouldnt even give me a valium to calm me down. No drugs, in his office and NO LUBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I couldnt handle it so he never got done....all was ok with what he saw but he acted so ****** at me.
EVERYONE else that told me they had it done says it was a breeze and they got some comfort drug. I will NEVER have one again.
Sounds like you need to go to a different doctor.

 
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