Due to get colonsocopy and endosopy tomor but having second thoughts! Any advice?

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I was really sick briefly 1.5 years ago with an internal abscess and digestive issues, but in the last year have been pretty ok. The gastro is doing tests to check for IBD inflammation and also possible Celiac . I've been eating gluten for 7.5 weeks and feel ok. My GP said if I've not had a flare up they won't see anything anyway. Any thoughts? Its seems a bit of a brutal thing to go through and I kind of have the feeling that I shouldn't fix something that's not broken! (It's taken me this long to get through the NHS system...and now it seem I am ok). But equally would not want to miss the opportunity if it is needed...but they do come with risks and I even hate getting blood tests. Have to decide fairly soon as got to take loads of horrible laxatives 😦 Not done either of these procedures before so a little scared too...

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    It isn't as brutal as you think, I've had both several times and was put under for both procedures, you are sedated and the next thing you know it's over and with a brief recovery you are on your way home.

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    I would go ahead and have the procedures done. The day before preparation for the colonoscopy is worse that the actual procedure . I have had many. good luck to you

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    hello Jules. firstly I'm sorry to hear you had been suffering and I'm glad you're feeling better.

    my advice would be just do it. as awful as they are, they can give soooo many answers and although things may have settled and you feel okay there could still be something niggling away in there that could resurface at any time.

    and if youd then missed the chance to have the scopes done it would be a shame!

    I've had the procedures done a few times and tbh they're a lot worse when youre feeling really ill because it hurts more! but at least if youve healed inside it shouldnt cause too much discomfort.

    I'm actually on the waiting list for another scope. it sounds so crazy to say but I wish I could hurry up and have mine! I just want answers...

    so yeah I would advise you just do it. itll be over in 30mins at the most 😉 and at least if it is all clear then you'll have that peace of mind...

    just my opinion... thinking of ya! let us know how you get on.

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    I had a combined Colonoscopy and Endoscopy a few years back, and I don't remember much other than the last few minutes of the whole procedure, which was uncomfortable, but nothing unbearable. You should be having sedative and pain relief, if so then a consultant told me during a seperate colonoscopy they usually administer a higher dose than they would just for a colonoscopy, due to the longer length of time needed for the examination. You'll probably find you are knocked out for most if not all the procedure, especially after having to do the laxative bowel prep, which is by far the worst part and leaves you drained and tired.

    Go for it, it really won't be as bad as you think, and at least it will give you the answers you need, just make sure they take biopsies to check for signs of inflammation, even if you aren't in a flare up, inflammation can be seen by means of scarring on biopsies. It would make sense to take biopsies now whilst they are in their, instead of you having to go through the whole process again just for biopsies.

    All the best, and I hope you get the answers you need.

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    im due to get a colonoscopy in a couple weeks as they saw inflammation of my bowel in surgery. Honestly I didnt even think there was a problem. I had a pain near where my appendix is, but it only hurt when I put pressure on it. It is better to be safe than sorry and colonoscopys dont hurt, nor do the laxatives harm you in anyway. They will offer a sedative but you dont have to take it. As for the other procedure, youtube is your friend and you can watch one taking place to put your mind at rest

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    Thanks so much for all the feed back, I really appreciate it.

    I didn't get it in the end, I spoke to the surgeon and still wasn't keen and she didn't seem keen to do it on me as I was quite anxious. To be fair my mum and dad were not much help. My dad had a colonoscopy in the 80s and advised me not to have one as he had had a really horrible experience ( I later looked up on the internet and realised the procedure has changed loads since then but I didn't realise till last night when it was too late), and mum and even family gp advised against and thought they were being over cautious and it wasn't worth the risks. . Still I feel really bad for not going through with it at the last minute especially after taking all the laxatives, and I did really want to know even if Ive been okay lately. It didn't help that the taxi taking me to the hospital crashed on the way..it was at that point I decided not to go through with it! The consult/surgeon who was going to do the procedure has given me some stool samples to do to check for inflammation as I hadn't even had those for at least 1.5 years. I still really appreciate all the advice, the surgeon did say if I hadn't had any major symptoms lately they probably wouldn't see anything and she did also say I could come back if my symptoms got worse again. Still such a waste of everyone's time,felt really low last night as I was so close... I just wish I'd come on here earlier and heard from people who had done the procedure before I got all anxious. And not listened to my mum and dad and gp and instead listened to the specialist. Really appreciate all your advice though I will remember and will help me if I ever end up doing it in the future. We live and learn!

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