Colonoscopy

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I had a colonoscopy Thursday [ April 7]. I waiting for my results. I felt no pain, went home took my dog for a walk. That,s how good I felt.

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    Brave and lucky you are. I am teribely afraid of colonoscopy sedation. Therfore I keep postponing the colonoscopy. The dr said that they use propophol as a sedativesad
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      Hi, try and be brave and have it done.  If I can do it without any sort of sedation/painkillers then anyone can do it.  Can you not decline the sedative, just so that you are in full control. 
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      The american way puzzles me/makes me curious - why everyone has to be sedated for the procedure? My consultant actually advised me that he likes his patients awake, if possible, so they can co operate - that suited me as I am so like you (the thought of sedation scares me).
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    Hi  Did you have any sedation?  I got my results the same day as the procedures.
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    Cathy, I don't know where you are, but the colonoscopy i had they gave me something that put me to sleep. When I  woke up I was ready to go home. I know different people has different feelings. I hope this helps but I am 63 years old. All I can say is good luck. GOD BE WITH YOU Joe J.
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      I am guessing it is so that they can get through you quicker and dont have to worry too much about hurting you - I do really feel for you to be in this position x
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      I know and thank you. I'm just hoping that I can convince my self to do it before it's to late😔

      Beacuse it's been two years that this pain is not going away.

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      I also live in the US.  From everything I have heard, and seen, colonoscopies are an assembly line process.  If all the patients are heavily sedated, then the doctors can push more aggressively and go as quickly as they can as the patients are out.

      The disadvantages is that it increases the possibility of perforation, as a lightly sedated patient will be much more likely to communicate that the pain is really bad.  In my studies of outcomes, though, I have seen no studies that track perforation rate with the level of sedation given.

      But I do know that time is money.  The US spends over 17% of its GDP on health care.  All the other developed nations spend 9.5 - 11.5% of their respective GDPs on healthcare.  However, when you look at basic outcomes studies (like infant mortality rate, longevity of life, etc), the US always falls in the bottom 1/3 of quality measures.  There is excellent healthcare available in the US.   Only it is not available to everyone, and the cost is obviously 50% higher, minimum.

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