Colonoscopy

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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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    Thanks for sharing a positve experience. A lot of us must be put off by the horror stories. Did they tell you any results? 
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      Hi John

      Yes I was given my results instantly , I was diagnosed with Diverticular Disease they found just a few pockets. Which put my mind at ease as you always think it's going to be worse don't you?

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      I was given mine instantly too. Also a few pockets of Diverticular Disease, but I knew that. I had mild sedation but remember everything. That was 3 years ago tomorrow and the next one is due now. I have been told it is planned for October but may be November. Then December was mentioned and the latest advice is January! All a bit unsettling. And yes, every little twinge makes me worry. The latest one I am telling myself, is a muscle twinge. It had better be! 

      I'm pleased too that you had a good result, 

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    That was my experience too. Hate sedation, need to be aware of what was going on. I breathed through the brief moments of pain  and found the Dr took great care.    As you say, we are all different ( I didn't have anything while having 2 babies)  and each Dr is different.  Pleased yours was ok.  

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       I'm glad yours went smoothly too Amanda.

      I was made even more nervous prior to going after I read all the horrendous reviews on here. 

      Once at the hospital I was  made to feel in control of my pain and knowing I had the option should it get worse to have the sedation kept me in control, rather than straight for sedation, I felt I had to post my positive experience to put some minds at rest 

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    Thank you for posting this Julie, just got my date through for next week and due to sleep apnoea I will probably be only offered gas and air. Really good to read a positive experience.
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    Oh thanks for that post, I wanted to go with gas and air, but after reading all these posts that found it very painful even with sedation made me very worried, I have to go for mine next week, I don't think I will read anymore posts because they will make me a nervous wreck! So glad to hear it was bearable with just gas and air for you

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