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Unread 12-01-2004, 10:44 PM

Has anyone here had a colonoscopy done? If so, did you find it to be painful?
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Unread 12-01-2004, 11:05 PM

I had a colonoscopy and EGD done at the same time in August. I don't remember much about it. They inject a med into your I.V. and it pretty much puts you to sleep. I do remember pain at one point, which must have been the dr. pushing down.I had a little bit of a sore throat for a couple hours afterwards, but that was probably from the EGD.I woke up in a recovery area. I remember just wanting to sleep and sleep.
I think the bowel prep is worst than the colonoscopy itself.

Don't worry about it. It is a BREEZE compared to the hyst.

Unread 12-01-2004, 11:31 PM

I had one last year... piece of cake. The prep is awful but the actual test is a breeze because they generally sedate you (I had tons of Versed). I vaguely remember being aware of what was going on but not caring one bit

Hope yours goes well!
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Unread 12-02-2004, 05:37 AM

Unread 12-02-2004, 06:36 AM

They give you plenty of sedation and you won't remember a thing. The worst thing about it is the prep, no doubt. I had a bad experience with my scope due to extensive adhesions twisting my bowel, but I have assisted plenty of them and have seen people sleep through them or not care that we were doing it, never anyone fighting to get off the table.
Why are you having one if you don't mind me asking?
Unread 12-02-2004, 06:42 AM

I had a colonoscopy done. I was given versed and IV painkillers so I don't remember anything. They give you the meds to help you relax, and make it less unpleasant.

For me the prep was the worst part of all. I was miserable during the prep time. Be sure to pick up some moist wipes (like the Charmin) because during the prep you will be very very sore down there. Don't use dry toilet paper. That makes it worse.

Good luck. Why are they doing a colonoscopy?

Unread 12-02-2004, 11:14 AM

I've had several colonscopies and for me the worst part is always the prep. My docs have always made sure that I was very comfortable, if I felt the least little bit of pain they would pump some more meds into my IV. I've felt a few twinges during the procedure, but wouldn't say that I was in alot of pain.

Good luck!
Unread 12-02-2004, 09:18 PM

thanks for the replies..i'm not really sure why i even asked the question other than out of curiosity.
I had the colonoscopy done on 12/1...everybody (people who i've known that has had the procedure) informed me that it was a painless test...well much to my surprise my experience was obviously not the norm as I had what I would consider significant pain during the test...I was given Versed and 2 different types of pain relievers immediately prior to the start of the procedure..i was talking nonsense to the dr/staff when out of the blue i was overcome with pain to the point of i was yelling for them to stop the test...i remember the nurse asking the dr what to do and the dr ordered more pain reliever/versed....i woke up a few minutes later and the test was over...afterwards i developed a painful case of hiccups from the Versed that lasted well over an hour...i slept about 2.5 hrs once i got home....this morning (12/2) i woke up and felt like my insides were bruised and also had gas pains very low in my abdomen that wouldnt pass....the nurse called me twice today to see how i was doing...she said that my abdomen was sore because the dr had to flip me on my back (i vaguely remember this) and have the nurses manipulate the sigmoid area of the colon in order to get the scope through; and that was apparently what i was feeling during the procedure that caused me so much pain......my abdomen finally started to feel a bit better by early evening tonite.......i know one thing, i will never go through another colonoscopy!......................I had the test to see why i've been having LLQ pain...the diagnosis is adhesions (diagnosed from the positioning of the colon in that area), and diverticulosis.
thanks again to all that replied and I'm glad you all had an easier time with the test than i did.
stay well and happy holidays
Unread 12-03-2004, 08:45 AM


Sounds so much like my experience and darlin I know your pain well. I didn't want to say too much about it when I posted because I didn't want to freak you out before the procedure. They made me turn over, turn to this side and that all the while I suddenly became wide awake and screaming. They had to call the anethesiologist to come in and give me something very strong, I saw him put the medicine in and I went out.
They couldn't even get a pediatric scope all the way in my colon due to the twisting from the adhesions.
My tummy stayed sore until I had my surgery. I hope they gave you some pain medicine. And just like you, I will never have that done as long as I have this problem with the adhesions.
So what is the next step for you?
Please keep me posted, as this sounds so much like my experience it freaked me out.

Sending pleasant thoughts your way.
Unread 12-03-2004, 07:13 PM

my treatment consists of a high fiber diet, a daily oat bran supplement, cut down on caffeine (which i dont consume), cut down on anything carbonated (no problem doing that), and am trying a prescription antispasmodic medication.
stay well

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