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Two days ago I just had my first colonoscopy and it has left me feeling that I never want to have another. I had sedation moments before the procedure so was fully aware of what was going on. The doctor never introduced himself to me. It was the nurses who questioned me and told me what I needed to do. Then during the procedure it began to hurt which I communicated to them and I began to breath deeply to what I hoped would alleviate it. Then a little later it began to hurt more. It was like something was continually being shoved back and forth against something that wasn't going to give. "It's hurting, it's hurting" i said but the pushing was still going on. I trusted that it was something that they had to do so I continued breathing very deeply. One of the nurses said "you've got to the top" or words to that effect and it was then I felt the camera was being taken out of my body.
I was taken back into the ward where the sedation started to take more effect and I felt sleepy and I definately was grateful that the experience was coming to an end.
When my husband came to collect me I could not have driven home and would not have been able to comfortably travel by bus. When home I did not feel like anything to eat.
But worse to come. The next day I had discomfort to the upper part of my stomach as though I had been punched and winded which made me feel nauseous. So two days later I haven't eaten a thing. So all in all I have not eaten for 3 days.
I realise how important these procedures are and they can save your life but what the experience has left me with is a feeling of distrust towards who carried out the procedure and whether they were competent. When I was calling out no one tried to comfort me or explain why it was painful. Could I go though it again -. I would be very reluctant - and if I had further symptoms I could delay going to my doctor. The whole experience has made me feel have they missed anything and even distrust my diagnosis. What good will come of that.
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