Cystoscope -- yikes

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I have a appt next week for a cystoscope thing. A bit wary of the whole process and im all ready to cancel. I cannot get past the look of the scope itself.

I had one about 10 years ago . During the process I think I scared off all the patients in the waiting area.

The scope itself looks menacing.

Advise?

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    PLEASE don't cancel, that's what I almost did and I would have regretted it. I don't know how things may have changed in ten years but I found my procedure uncomfortable but NOT painful. I told the staff I was petrified and they were very reassuring.  The procedure only took about five minutes and I was given the results as soon as the scope was removed - thankfully no stones or tumours.  Be honest with the staff about how you are feeling and try to relax as apparently the more tense you are the more uncomfortable you might feel.  Take care of yourself and try to stop worrying.

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      My primary care gave me a very small presc for xanax to use that day. Should help some... I still may request gen anesthesia. Thanks a bunch for your support!!
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      Don't work yourself up over this. The procedure is painless. You need to relax and don't tighten up. I was very nervous my first time especially after reading all the horror stories. Imo there is absolutely no pain what so ever. Tou will be fine and do not cancel. Gl

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      Thanks for the note of support! Still can't wrap my head around the procedure details. There's a 75% chance I'll get it done.

      I swear.... that scope looks like it belongs in a ufo abduction movie.

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      Had procedure yesterday but under anesthesia at hospital. It was the only way to go for me. All went well. A little post procedural bleeding but not bad ( even for me) . source of my UTI's come from enlarged prostate pushing on bladder and not letting it empty. Sooo glad this is over with and I have understanding of what's happening.

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    i thought the same as you did - the consultant had me in 2 weeks prior to me getting the procedure  and he showed me the scope ...and I'm like WTF !!! - theres no way that thing will  'fit up there ' without causing  me major pain and damage... the anxiety thinking about for 2 weeks was the worst part as the procedure itself was a a walk in the park - a scale and polish at the dentist is far worse wink  

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      Thanks for the info..... today I'm in a state of denial about the whole thing. Thx for sharing that it was not painful. That's encouraging.

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    Don't cancel , It is not painful at all . You will be numbed with gel , thats the worst part it's cold . The procedure is over before you realise , and the worst you will feel is slight discomfort , which mild pain relief will sort out . I think everyone is worried about having this procedure but trust me there really is no need to worry . Don't worry about the scope , they insert the thin end smile

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    crawford my 1st one was awful but the 2nd one brilliant i take a 5mg diazepam half an hour before and it works a treat plus he put double gel down ill admit i dont like them but the 2nd one was a breeze i wouldnt look at the camera the 1st time but i did the 2nd one i had 6 weeks of catheters for chemo and each time i took a diazepam
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    Hi, Crawford,

    As the others are all saying, "Don''t worry, and definitely don't cancel!". Let me put it this way. The fibre optic part (the thin piece) is all that goes into your body. It is almost the same diameter as my catheters which I insert three times a day to empty my bladder. And, by choice, I do not use any anallgeasic!

    Just relax and bear down as though to pee, and you should be fine. Good luck and, if you find the time, let us know how things went.

    Alan.

     

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      So when is the big Crawford? I had my last one March 28th.and since I've switched to a NCI doctor/hospital, had another urine test have more blood in the urine so I need to go back in an have another cysto. Sounds like I'll have mine again b4 you.

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