I had my primary care request a colonoscopy for me and i cancelled the appt out of fear. she said she ordered it because i turned 50 and thats the age that they test at. i have trust in the people of this website and i was also hoping for some feedback from a victim oh i meant a patient (lol) of this procedure. ive looked online but i really would rather hear about it here. the procedure sounds nasty and perhaps painful. i read where some doctors put you out and some dont? advice would be appreciated.
I have had several colonoscopys in the past 10-15 years. I have always been put out for them. You don't know a thing about it until it's over. It would be far too painful otherwise.The worst part is the prep the day before. Heavy duty laxatives! Sometimes I felt like taking my pillow, blanket and TV into the bathroom and just stay there all night. hehe! I think you might be thinking about the EGD where they put a tube down your gullet to check your stomach and esophagus. With that test you cannot be put out because of the risk of choking/aspiration. You get a sedative, but you know everything that happens. A sigmoidoscopy just looks at the rectum and lower part of the colon. You're a awake for that as well. My advice is to reschedule the colonoscopy. It's a piece of cake and once we reach 50 many people seem to grow polyps. I've had 12 polyps removed in the past 8 years -- 3 of them were pre-cancerous. The benefits of a colonoscopy far outweigh any discomfort. Take care ---
Kathy is right, the worst part is the prep part.
When I have my colonoscopies I tell the guy that I don't want to see anything, hear anything or feel anything and they put me out. When I wake up I am in the recovery area and other than the air that they put in that needs to come out lol I feel fine.
My mother in law like to see the who procedure but (shudder, shudder) not me.
Oh johnw you go schedule that right now!! The construction foreman on our home remodel had his done one morning last week and was on the job by noon! There is absolutely nothing to fear, really.
The stuff you have to drink you wouldn't order at a soda shop but you'll get enough down for a satisfactory test. Just don't make plans that night, go in the next AM and get it over with. The peace of mind is WELL worth it. Colon Cancer is often asymptomatic until its seriously advanced. Now go call!
Frenchie said so!!
Happy birthday! Isn't it fun to learn what you got for a present? My husband had it and stayed awake. He was fascinated. This is a guy who would faint for a blood draw. Lol. He said there was no pain. I would love to watch but they knock me out. The best part of this is that once you talk to others your age, they all know it and talk about it. Gotta be part of the club, right? And possibly saving your life or getting a clean bill of health is priceless. You will be fine. Have someone drive you so you can enjoy the groggy feeling, because around here they won't release you unless someone drives you.
Actually they DONT completely knock you out, they give you Versed, so you are groggy but awake enough to follow commands during the procedure but you have no memory of it after and that is why you think you were out. Kathy described it pretty well. You will be a bit tender down there when they are done but truly, everyone who has it done says the prep is the worst part. If you are already used to diarrhea, it wont be any trouble for you. My husband has frequent diarrhea so he didnt use quite all of the prep. He was told to mix an entire bottle of Miralax with a certain amount of gatorade and then was given a schedule of how to drink it. He was so clear that we didnt give him the four bisacodyl at bedtime he was supposed to take. There was really no sense in it because he was totally clear. Use what ever prep your doc gives you. Some docs order a prep that you get from the pharmacy that comes in a jug that you add water to. The cleaner you are, the better. And yup, 50 is the magical age. Actually, if you have family history, you probably should have started five years ago.
The ladies have done a great job on this, but here is a quick guy perspective. The prep absolutely, positively, totally, and completely sucks. That is putting it gently. They want you cleaned out.
Now to make that sound a little better (?). I have had three or four. The prep started at 4 pm and was done by midnight. Nothing really a problem until about 5:30, when you and the porcelain god get to become friends for a few hours. By 9 pm nothing by gas, by midnight, sleep is all you want. Up in the morning, wife drives you (DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF), the knock you out, do there thing, you wake up wondering what the hell happened, go home, sleep, get up, drink all the water in the faucet, eat and you are back to normal.
Roughly 24 hours out of your day and it can save your life. Get'r done dude.
Hello johnw489, Believe me, the procedure is not as bad as it sounds. I have had this done three times now, and both times they sedated me and I don't remember a thing about the procedure. And once I woke up, I had no idea that anything was done. I had no pain, or discomfort afterwards.The worse part of the whole thing is the laxatives that I had to take the day before. They like your colon to be really clean!! So you have to take stuff that makes you really go to the bathroom, but that is the worst part of it. I promise you that the procedure it's self is not as bad as it sounds. I was really anxious too the first time but I didn't remember anything. Just make sure that you tell your doctor how anxious you are and that you want to be sedated, I personally don't know anyone who has had this done while totally awake. They usually give you medications that don't put you totally under, but you don't remember the procedure.
I am sure that once you get it done the first time, you will be more comfortable getting it done the next time and it is a test that can save your life!! Believe me... this test is much better than finding out that you have cancer!
Good luck to you!
Hi John, just trying to keep up with my inbox and saw your Question about
having a colonoscopy..Hurry up and just go do it. I had 1, flipped out prior
to it but it's nothing bad..With your family genes go..My Dr. said come back
in 10 years..My boyfriend 5 years??? Going to the Dentist is Way worse..
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