Colonoscopy and dreading it

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I am due to have a colonscopy to rule out anything sinister , due to rectal bleeding . I came on here and was delighted initially to see there were quite a few posts on this very subject. However, after reading some of them to say I am terrified , is putting it mildly. It's bad enough I am in a heightened state of anxiety regarding the outcome of this procedure, but think it's through the roof now after the negative posts. Thank goodness I came across some sensible and reassuring posts too otherwise I would have been tempted to cancel the whole thing. Those forum members who answered sympatheticaly and honestly but also above all kind and reassuring to the other posters, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are amazing and a credit to the forum.

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    All I can tell you is that my two were painless and over with quite quickly. Most of my concern was from the anticipation. The best part was buying a carrot cake on the way home and eating without feeling guilty. Best wishes.

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    Hi Evelyn:

    The worst part of getting a colonoscopy, is the prep the night before.

    Ya get past that and the rest is a cake walk.

    If its here in the states, they'll give you a combo of versed and fentanyl that will stop any pain and wipe your memory of the whole event.

    Thank care.


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    Thanks everyone , I am in the UK so don't think will be getting fentanyl, probably be Midazolam or something similar .

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    Hello, I have had my 1st Colonoscopy this morning I was very nervous to say the least looking on the web didn't help my nerves! The worse part for me was the prep no cramp at all with the Movical it was for me just a long drawn out procedure expect to be on the loo for about an hour on taking the first lot not so long with the second lot by morning it should be pale liquid only coming out, the fasting wasn't any fun either! When I got to the clinic it wasn't long before I was taken through to the prep room where I was asked questions and the nurse then put a canular in my arm to which I had Buscopan administered no problems so far, I opted for gas and air as I drove myself and wanted the shortest recovery time, once bp and heart rate checked I was asked to take the bottom half of my clothes off and given some large shorts that have a opening at the back after only a short while I was then taken to have my procedure, I was shown how to use the gas and air by the nurse who I have to say was brilliant she talked to me the whole time and was very reassuring then the specialist asked some questions told me what to expect and that I would be asked to move from side to side and on my back throughout the procedure, I was able to watch on the monitors which I found facinating, It took about 40 mins which flew by at times yes it was painful but I found the gas and air helped I just breathed slowly in and out when the pain was bad, the pain is just like severe cramps and more Busopan was added when the pain got to its worse but you will get through it! for me it was bearable but obviously not pleasant but your dignity is kept! Afterwards the specialist went through his findings with me then it was off to the recovery where I had a cup of most welcome tea bp and heart rate checked canular removed then I was on my way home. Good luck Evelyn I'm sure you will be fine I don't have a strong pain threshold as I've got older but I got through this without having to stop and am feeling very proud of myself.

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