Dreading colon scan

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i am having this procedure tomorrow and fear i wont come out alive. the prep is just awful and having tried to have it done at Bromley years ago i am fearthful. i guess they only just t started when i felt pain and passed out. i came too with oxygen mask on and was told my blood pressure dropped. This happens sometimes with pain and BP drops like a stone.

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    I agree the prep is unpleasant, but you certainly won't die from the procedure! I found the colonoscopy a bit uncomfortable but largely pain free, apart from a matter of 3 or 4 seconds when the scope went around a bend. I think that you should have confidence in the staff They are highly trained, and they will have done thousands of procedures on patients with all sorts of issues and conditions. The fact they responded promptly and appropriately last time when your BP dropped and you fainted shows how well they monitor you. I'd suggest you tell the staff about your last experience so they can give you reassurance.

    Good luck.


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    Hi Bianca,

    So far i had my colonoscopy about 5 times and it was fine, had no problems at all, and i agree with Jan about the staff, they are very good and help you if you have any problem, i am going to have another one next year.So please do not worry and relax.

    All the best


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    i agree the prep is awful and the worst thing about the whole procedure. My pharmacy gave me some anti sickness tablets while i was taking my moviprep ..helped quite a lot...regards and good luck!

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    Hi Bianca

    I expect you are ploughing through the prep by now, I remember it well. The worse part is the anticipation of what might happen. Try not to stress or worry, just take it hour by hour, try sleep when you can. They will be aware of your drop in BP from your notes, last time.

    I spent most of the night in the loo lol, going every hour or so, till about half hour before I set off. I remember panicking that I would have an accident in the taxi going. So I packed my pants with sanitary towels, not my best look! but my belly was growling with all the fluid I had taken in and my bum was a bit sore, so I didn't care. My hubby was the best support, making me laugh and chill. Any how the journey was complete uneventful, I couldn't even wee when I got to the hospital. Try not to worry too much about the procedure, (things change for the better over the years) easier said than done I know. The first seconds for me were uncomfortable, but then it was fine, though by then I was pre occupied as then I found that moving my head, I could actually see the screen and was fascinated by what I could see, and asked him questions, he was lovely, checking if I wanted him to move the screen and I was ok with everything. I wanted to see, so then explaining what he was looking at, which I found really interesting and strangely reassuring. (Not for everyone, I know, but I am nosey and like to know and see what is happening). I got back on the ward, they took my bp as it was a bit high, (said probably as I was anxious) soon went back to normal. I went to sleep and they woke me up for lunch which once I had eaten and felt fine I could go.

    You will be fine, have you got someone that can go with you, help take your mind of things. Plan something nice to look forward to, for a few days later.

    Best wishes Caro

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    thank you all for your lovely comments. Procedure over and it wasnt a colonoscopy which caused all trouble all those years ago but a colon scan which was quite a great deal better. yes the prep is just awful and i am still trying to get back to normal! The staff at our hospital were wonderful, so sympathetic and encouraging i felt a fool making a big thing out of it. i will have to wait for the outcome but whatever it is I dont want to go through these last days again. Once again it was lovely to have your feedback and good luck to you all.

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