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Unread 11-18-2002, 12:44 PM
A piece of cake!!

Well, almost. I'm back, the colonoscopy was completed with no meds and I'll do it again the same way. Have to say everybody in the clinic had their jaws on the floor when they heard I wasn't being drugged. The nurse who assisted looked pretty worried until we were about halfway through and she saw I was serious about this and was going to be OK. And on the way out I got high-fived!!!

I respect those of you who want drugs for this procedure. I'm happy to talk to anyone who wants to do it without. It's really not a big deal if you know what to expect.

Thanks again for your support. It means a lot to me. Now I see a new surgeon on the 27th. Hopefully we can get surgery on the docket.

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Unread 11-18-2002, 03:23 PM
A piece of cake!!

YAY Joselle I'm so glad it was easy for you When will you have the results? Please keep us posted, I hope they hold some answers for you
Unread 11-18-2002, 04:10 PM
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You go Joselle !! That is great. I am such a I will take drugs over the chance of pain any day. I know you are allergic and didn't have a choice. But, you sure impressed me. Even my dentist will give me gas, rub my gum to numb it, and then do the novacaine (sp?) !!

Take care and let us know the results.

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Unread 11-18-2002, 05:08 PM
Oh, the results? Of course!

The results, of course. I watched the procedure on the screen, so I pretty much knew myself what the results were. IBD in good shape. Low grade inflammation in the sigmoid, along with some diverticulosis which is common in that area but new to me. There was also one diverticulum at the very end of the colon. No polyps. Many biopsies were taken but nothing is expected to be found. I'll know soon if there is. I'm Ok'd for surgery and won't need another scope for two years unless there is some unforeseen problem. BTW, for other women with IBD, the lack of hormones has been what put me in remission. Any time I try even the smallest amount of estrogen I flare. In some people that would go the other way.

And hey - did I say this was easy? NOT. But not unbearable, either. And I felt SOOO proud of myself afterwards! Well, during, too, let's face it.

Unread 11-18-2002, 08:11 PM
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Yikes, I had one of those years ago in the military with no meds. It was the antique colonoscopy, the kind that used some unforgiving device similar to a curtain rod. lol. I hear they have improved since then.

Congrats to you for not having to take the meds!!

Unread 11-19-2002, 05:46 AM
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That is awesome! You have given me courage. What is IBD? When you have surgery how will that work if you are allergic? When I had my TAH/BSO I opted for a spinal vs general which worked great for me.
Unread 11-19-2002, 07:32 AM

Yes, Nancy, things have improved since that straight, rigid scope you had. I remember those, too. The current equipment is smaller in diameter as well as quite flexible. So it's nothing like you experienced years ago.

Robbie, IBD is Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Namely, Crohn's and Colitis. When I have surgery, since I am allergic to so many meds, the few that I can tolerate are used. The surgery itself is not the biggest problem, as narcotics are not necessary unless you have a problem with your heart during surgery. The problem is pain control after the surgery. There are drugs available that are not narcotics, they are just not as effective. So recovery is a little bit slower and all the medical professionals run around looking pained or else they ignore me. They hate it when people are in pain. They don't always quite understand that it is sometimes preferable to the alternative.

Again, I'm not advocating painful procedures be done without aid. I just want people to know it can be done if needed or wanted and it isn't as bad as one might imagine.


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