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I had my first ever colonoscopy yesterday, I was a nervous wreck as I was unaware of how it would be regards pain, quite a few people said it was really painful, some said uncomfortable and everyone said to go with sedation. I didn't want to be in hospital for hours coming round so decided to go with no sedation, a cannula was put in just in case I changed my mind half way through.
I had gas and air beside me( which I have fond memories of from childbirth lol)
Although very nervous I was watching everything on screen and chatted away with the doctor and nurses, I asked questions as it was going on too.
It went unbelievably well, until the bends when it felt un-comfortable.. a little like being winded and your breath being taken away for a second.. quick breath through the discomfort with the gas and air was enough.
The doc and nurses constantly checked I was ok and coping.
I had to have my position changed just once. I ended up on my back and you can actuallly feel where the camera is located, the most uncomfortable pain was as the camera entered my small bowel but again puff on the gas and air and I was happy enough.
Once the procedure was finished I felt an almighty urge to pass wind, which I did(feeling very embarrassed) whilst nearly blowing the nurse through the window it was that loud(apologies) I think that was important, keeping that in may have caused pain and discomfort later.
Within 20 mins I was allowed home, still able to drive etc which I was happy about.
I did feel some slight discomfort for the rest of the day but nothing that bad it warranted pain relief.
I hope this has put some minds at rest.. we are all unique, not only in pain management but in what's going on inside, maybe if there's inflammation it's more painful.
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