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I had my first colonoscopy today. Although I was given an opioid and a benzodiazepine to relax me, I found the procedure almost intolerable. I will always remember the large amount of discomfort that left me moaning and groaning throughout the procedure, as I was rotated on each side, and then on my stomach.
The nurse was massaging and squeezing on my abdomen to help the colonoscope to pass through, which added to the large amount of discomfort I was already feeling.
If it had lasted a minute more, I would have dissolved into sobbing.
The physician later agreed that there was a large amount of pain, although I was very lucky, as my colon was 'clean' (normal).
Although I know I am very fortunate to have a normal exam, I will never repeat this type of scope. The pain was too significant.
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