Gillian: I had the colonoscopy back in May of '03. The prep was annoying and running in and out of the bathroom for hours was the worst. As others have said, you will end up with clear liquid and some particles -- that is fine, you are "clear" and ready to go when you reach that stage. (I called the doc's office and said I wasn't sure things were "clear" enough but was quickly assured those particles are just colon tissue particles).
I drank the mix too fast and threw some of it up, but still had no problems. Just don't gulp it all down in seconds because you will overload your throat/stomach too fast. Take nice, easy swallows until each glass is empty. It tastes ghastly, but try not to think about it.
The procedure WAS a piece of cake. My facility was gorgeous and the anesthestheologist terrific after I told him of my fears about the meds due to my heart arrythmia. He reassured me there would be no problems and there were not. They knock you out with one shot and bring you back with another. It's so smooth and pleasant you wish you had the stuff at home!
My procedure took about 30 minutes or so, but my doc is known to be "quick yet thorough." I had no polyps, no signs of microscopic colitis as was suspected, and I was up and out of there within another 30 minutes. I COULD have driven home easily, but they won't let you do it -- liability, you know...
Once home I had a couple of incidents of "gas" but that was IT. I ate lightly the balance of the day and normally the next. NO problems, no soreness, no nothing. I had eaten fairly lightly PRIOR to the procedure, too, so there had not been much in my system from the get-go.
What DID happen was that six weeks later I had a horrendous attack of biliary colic, my first ever, and it was revealed that I have gallstones. So... who knows if all that probing around awakened the sleeping stones or not, but it's a cute story. I have heard of women having gall bladder problems during or after pregnancy/childbirth so I stand by my theory that existing quiet stones can get shocked into activity after being disturbed by labor, colonoscopy, pressure on organs caused by the pregnancy, etc. But, I digress....
You should be just FINE and will be very happy you had this done. Once it's over you will likely not need another colonoscopy for YEARS. And by then, they may have figured out how to do the test NON-invasively.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out. Stay positive -- it's NOT bad for the vast, vast majority of people but I would highly recommend being "out" for the procedure.
Quote from gillian30:Thanks so much for your warm wishes...I hope your test goes well, too. I already have an intestinal disease called Celiac Disease but I'm not recovering as the doctors would have expected, so we're going forward with the colonoscopy. I'm apprehensive about all invasive testing, but I know I'll probably end up going through with it since there seems to be no other answer as to why I'm still having problems. And I agree with you about the Bentyl, it did nothing for me during the 3 months I took it. Good luck to you, too.