I've gone to a phobia support group and health anxiety support group to no avail. Reps from both groups say there is nothing more they can do. I don't know what else to do or where to go. Please help My Gastroenterologist tells me they now use propofol and put you to sleep.
There is things they can do to help you, you mentioned one they could put you to sleep, or they could give you something like a xanax which is for anxiety to calm you to the point of not caring if you were coming or going! Lol, you should really consider one of the options because it's important that you get that done, let me known if this helps and good luck
It's being put to sleep that scares me and, as for xanax, my Gastroenterologist says no xanax after midnight the day of.
But one thing I have to explain this way: the intellectual side of me knows EVERY argument, ie., I need the colonoscopy, it's safe, propafol is safe, yada, yada, yada.
But, the last time I cancelled, the day before the procedure, the emotional side of me kicks in and I got one panic attack after the other, I don't really know why this happened, but I cancelled the procedure.
Hi mrmanfam.I am wondering why your Gastro Dr is not telling you that they can give you a shot of a light sedative,that WILL ease your anxiety.They give it to you when you are admitted into the day surgery area.This is a common practice. I DO understand that you should not take any meds or liquids,other than the standard flush that must be done the day before a colonoscopy,and of course the continuation of that prior to arriving for the procedure.I myself have severe GAD,and take 8mg of Xanax on a daily basis,but I can't take it before a colonoscopy.It IS difficult to make myself do the flush,and arrive for the procedure,even though I know that once I'm admitted they are going to give me the sedative.I still get all tied up in knots and feel sick,but once the sedative is given,that feeling goes away.Propafol is a good anesthesia though.
I wake up within 15-30 minutes after the colonoscopy,and don't feel like I've been drugged. No sluggish or tired feeling,just a giant sense of relief that the procedure is over.The thing I have about colonoscopies is the prep,and as I said getting to the appointment. It's something that saves lives though,and one has no other way of knowing the condition of the colon without this.Polyps are VERY common,but if a Dr should find them they are removed right there and then,so you don't have to repeat the whole process.Perhaps you have some other condition that would negate the use of a sedative?Is this the only Gastro Dr you have seen?If so,then perhaps you could look for another one,who is a bit more understanding of your phobia.As others have noted, you must take care of yourself and be proactive in stopping disease.Ask yourself this,If you were to get colon cancer,and knew you might have been able to have an unknown polyp removed before it had become cancer,how would you feel about that?Do you have someone that you can count on to be with you during the prep time and to help you get to your appointment,be there with you while you are waiting to be taken to the procedure area? Having someone with me is a very comforting thing as well.
I myself have GAD, needle phobia, and metabolize anesthesia very quickly. I am going in for my first colonoscopy at age 43... (lots of family history) I called and spoke to the anesthesiologist, the doctor performing the test, and the nurse. I explained my fear of needles (IV makes me hysterical), and my previous adverse reactions to anesthesia. They were very reassuring, made me giggle a bit, and told me that there is not a problem with my taking a 1mg xanax before my appointment. Maybe a new doctor is in order! Hope all is well.
I have the same Phobia. I have undergone Profinol for an eye operation and general anesthesia for a prostate operation. It's not that bad.
As far as the colonoscopy is concerned, i did mine with 30 MG valium and 50 Mg. of a pain killer ( i forgot which one they used). It was slightly uncomfortable, but not terrible. The problem is the doctors dont want to do it that way because it is easier for them if they put you out. I kept on backing into my doctor and he kept yelling at me not to. He said he could go through the colon easily.
To tell you the truth i am one year over due to the second colonoscopy. I am still afraid to go out. I cannot find anyone to do it while i am sedated. My original doctor is retired. I hope this helps.
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