colonoscopy procedure

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i have just had a endoscopy and colonoscopy without sedation and no pain relief. After reading some of the stories about colonoscopy i was a little nervous to say the least. I need not have been. The colonoscopy was a cinch and apart from a dull stomach ache like pain it was actually quite pleasant and i would do it again tommorow. I dont know where people get these horror stories from but i experienced nothing of the sort. In fact i hardly noticed. So anyone worried about the procedure dont be, its painless even without sedation. The preparation wasnt as bad as people make out either.

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    Yup I second all of that. But we do have to accept that some people's innards might not be as straightforward as ours or that their surgeon is not as skilled.
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    Did you really say, "it was actually rather pleasant.. ."  So, putting a tube up your rearend, and channeling it into your intestines .. you call "pleasant." And would do it again tomorrrow .. . interesting.
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    Pleasant? I just had a colonoscopy and I would never call it pleasant. I felt everything they were doing and it hurt! As I was moaning and carry on, they toild me to breathe, which didn't help. Finally I got more medicine.

    Never Again.

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      All i am trying to say is. i had worked myself up into a state reading what i can onlly describe as horrific some of the experiences people have gone through during colooscopy. I was pleasantly suprised just how comfortable my experience was. I had just finished an endoscopy after a bit of throat spray then they spun the trolley around and started the colonoscopy. I can honestly say that i could have been reading a book  and not noticed a thing. I watched the whole pro cedure on a monitor  i was given gas and air to use at any time but didnt need it. the pain i felt on a scale of one to ten      was at worst two. Ewould i do it again. no problem. i have had worse pain with a routine stomach ache. I know everyone is different but like i said compareda to the horror stories ive heard mine was  pleasant and all this without sedation or pain relief.
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      David I have to agree with you, I have also had a colonoscopy & endoscopy (on seperate occassions) and the mistake i made was reading the horror stories before having it done! i was terrified.

      I had sedation for both however was awake throughout both procedures and watched it on the screen.  The worst bit about the colonoscopy was definately the "bowel preperation" (fleet) i was awake all night needed to go to the toilet and taking the second dose in the morning i was worried i wasn't going to stop needing to go to the toilet (luckily i did) however i think the reason i hated the fleet so much is because i suffer with upset stomach on a regular basis and drinking something that brings on that unpleasant experience isn't nice.

      However it could of been worse! But as you say i have worse stomach aches than all of the processes so definately worth going through it if you need to be checked out!

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