Painful Colonoscopy

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I had my first yesterday and they found 3 polyps, a hemroid and pitting in my colon. It was excruciating and so painful as they put puffs of air and lassoed my polyps while I begged for pain relief.  They kept telling me that don't worry it is almost over. Three days later, I am sore, have diarraha, lack energy and am not hungrey at all. The head nurse said that I should have general anesthesia next time. Horrible! Beware! Do your homework! Know your doctor.

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    I cannot believe they didn't give you general anesthesia!! Your poor body has been traumatized. I'm thinking the diarrhea will subside, and your appetite will return. If you're not ok, in a few days, get in to see a Dr.

    I don't know anyone who hasn't been put under for this procedure. Unnecessary pain and suffering!

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    hi so sorry to hear about your pain it was the same for me some of us dont feel any pain and fly threw the prosedure and some dont.at least its over now and you will feel a bit rough i did for a few weeks and dident want to eat you need to rest up a bit and hopfully you will get back to being yourself again.
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    I know how you feel. I had 2 sveral months apart... Funny you say that because I refused the anesthesia the 2nd time after my 1st experience.
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    Hi. You will feel back to normal soon! I didn't know you could have a general anaesthetic for that. I have read that you have to be aware so you can move if they ask you etc. I was able to remember everything and watch the screen. Fortunately it was not too painful! You've done it, good for you! 

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      Well

      Since I'm such a 'chicken' , being given a general anesthesia was great for me! Obviously, all Dr's handle this part differently. If I was A lot braver, having no sedation would have been an ok option.

      I'm just glad the colonoscopy is over and done with, at least for now.

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      Hi. I should have said that I did have sedation, but general anaesthesia wasn't offered. I would have chosen it. I am a 'major chicken' and worried myself silly in the days before the procedure. I even asked my dentist if he gave general anaesthesia for some fillings! He didn't. I'm pleased it's all done too. I'm due for another one in about 15 months. Best wishes. 

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      Well

      So far they haven't mentioned another colonoscopy, but "yippee"(???!!!) I get to have another endoscopy in October. Just cuz I know it went fine... doesn't seem to help me to be a braver person the second time around! ??

      Take care...

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      Agreed! I can cope with CT scans though...I sometimes wonder why they are not done instead of a colonoscopy. Maybe cost? Obviously I'm not a medical person and my Dr has banned me from using Dr Google. My problem was actually found with a CT scan and the colonoscopy was a follow up check a year after my surgery. Funny thing, in the two hours or so after the scan leading up to surgery, I was quite calm. Almost as if It wasn't really me. Anyway, hope all goes well for you in October. 

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      I would think the colonoscopy is much more thorough. Lol, all the 'scopies' seem to give the Dr better visuals. Uh huh, Dr Google, often has me thinking I've got cancer. At least my Dr's just smile when I share with them.

      Thank you for your well wishes... I

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      Why they aren't done iinstead? You should you look up the wikipedia page for "CT Scans" and look at the amount of radiation you get exposed to from one and the increased risk of cancer as a result. Each one is like 3 years of normal background radiation exposure.

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    My uk experience was totally different, no pain, some discomfort no sedation, 3 small polyps removed and back to normal functions in 24 hours
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      Good for you, you apparently handle medical procedures well. But, I think those of us that run to the 'white knuckle' group are better off with sedation.

      I did have general anesthesia but did wake up about 45 min later, and the anesthetic gradually just wore off. I wish I was the kind of person who 'bravely' went thru procedures.

      It does bother me that anyone has to experience discomfort in a day when the Dr's can give us options.

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