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I am having a colonoscopy at the request of my doctor in a few days time and I am absolutely terrified, constantly crying and in so much panic.
I really don't think it is necessary as he has asked me to have it due to mild abdominal pain alternating on left and right side and a deep ache in the mid-right section of my pelvis which I have had for nearly a year now (this seems to be related to my urinary tract as it causes urinary frequency but doctor said he wants to rule out if its to do with my intestines) I have also had intense aching/pressure in my rectal area but no bleeding or changes to my bowel movements and medication he has prescribed has helped with the aching. Stool test also came back fine but he still wants me to go ahead and have it 😦
I have been sent the Moviprep and I would like to know people's experiences of this? My appointment is at 9.45am and I have been advised to start taking it at 5pm the day before??? This seems way too late in the day and because I have severe anxiety about this I have googled 'Moviprep experiences' (stupid I know 😦) and there are so many horror stories. Several people said they had not been able to leave the toilet when their appointment was due so they have had to cancel? Others say they were still running to the toilet in the waiting room when their appointment was due? I have also read that some people have had this procedure done as a routine (not due to bowel symptoms) and suffered diarrhoea/incontinence/pain for weeks and months after. I do not want anymore symptoms on top of what I already have 😦.
I am planning on just eating plain toast/crackers etc for the next couple of days and then eating very little on the Thursday (my appointment is on Saturday). I was also planning on taking the Moviprep at around 2pm on the Friday so it gives me a few extra hours just in case the diarrhoea lasts for longer than expected.
I am also going to opt for the conscious sedation (I am in the UK) as I don't think I can handle being fully awake.
Can anyone advise on how long the diarrhoea is likely to last? The box says it lasts for 2 hours but the reviews I have read say much longer than this. I have recently lost my grandad and we are saying our goodbyes next Thursday (5 days after the procedure). I am so scared that I won't be able to go if I'm not recovered in time. On top of that I have a full time job and I have had to tell them I am having this done but I don't know how it will effect me so to expect me to call in sick for a few days. I don't want this procedure to trigger worse symptoms or cause further irritation as surely it isn't healthy to drink two litres of laxative and then have a camera inserted in your colon 😦.
I wish I was braver. I am mainly worried about having permanent/long lasting diarrhoea/changes in bowel movements/pain after this procedure.
If anyone has any advice I would be so grateful,
Thank you for reading and sorry about the length 😦. Just feel so isolated right now 😦
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