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having read all the horror stories concerning extremely painful colonoscopy procedures I would like to reassure people that the procedure for me at any rate wasn't nearly so awful as I had expected having read the reports of others. I had a full colonoscopy privately with an experienced gastronomic enterologist a couple of days ago and although it was uncomfortable it wasn't an unpleasant experience. The consultant gave me the sedative and pain relief which appeared to knock me out and I only woke up when I was asked to lay from my left side to my back. This was towards the end of the procedure as I was aware then of the instrument being gradually withdrawn from my bowel. I really felt the procedure had only taken about 10 minutes when in fact it had actually taken around 40 mins. I was told my bowel was long and tortuous but the sedative had clearly put me to sleep through most of the procedure. The colonoscopy showed a good clear bowel with a few minor piles war the rectum. I can honestly say the reassurance and comforting knowledge that the bowel is healthy far out weighs any discomfort from the procedure which given the correct dose of sedative should be bearable.
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