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Disclaimer : everyone experiences pain differently and I don’t want to cause alarm to people waiting for a colonoscopy .
So my colonoscopy wasn’t a positive experience at all .The moviprep was absolutely vile , I recommend diluting it even further than instructed as you end up dehydrated anyways regardless of the enormous quantity you have to swallow and it is very sickly sweet and salty. I am very thin at 8&1/2 stone so don’t believe the whole 2 litres was required as it made me so unbelievably ill on my second jug full that I was vomiting hours later and lay on the bathroom floor the whole day leading up to the colonoscopy (honestly couldn’t move )
So as far as the procedure is concerned , the nurse told me I cannot have sedation as I had been vomiting ,I agreed this was fine and didn’t want it anyway as I am terrified of canulas , she said “perfect scenario then ”
So I get into the exam room and the doctor says we need to do sedation this is very uncomfortable(confusing) , I tried but even the tornequay made me want to pass out so I said no and we went ahead , no gas and air was offered even though my letters said it would be an option .
He shoved the camera into me without warning and seemed very annoyed at me that I wasn’t having sedation . The air being pumped to straighten the creases was very painful and I have had quite a lot of procedures in my life , they luckily managed to have a look at the entire colon because at the last minute I was screaming no more , all in all it was in for 5 minutes and done with biopsies that are kind of like an electric shock feeling (not painful just weird and I could only feel the rectal biopsies )
Pros to having no sedation : no canula and short waiting time in recovery got to go home after a cup of tea. You could also drive yourself if you wanted (with a plastic bag to sit on just incase you ruin your seats !)
Cons: 9/10 pain when they pumped the air (they do this about five times as they go around the bowel)
All I’m all I would say go for it and get it done you really can’t beat piece of mind but if your not afraid of needles and canulas then go for the sedation definitely.
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