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I just had a colonoscopy and was clear about no sedation - to everyone. When I reached doctor and we discussed it again, he read through my notes and remembered my telling him about passing out during IBS episodes when the spasms of my intestines (or lower bowel or colon or whatever) trigger the vagus nerve. Not every time, but it happens. He essentially refused to perform the colonoscopy without sedation. He said people have had to be resuscitated during colonoscopies and he didn’t want me to die and get sued. I ultimately agreed because I was put in such a railroaded position. He apologized for agreeing earlier but that he neglected to read my chart and see these notes.
After getting home and doing some research, I’ve come to the conclusion that propofol sedation doesn’t prevent the spasming of the colon and people still have had vasovagal responses during colonoscopies. It doesn’t appear to ‘sedate’ the colon at all so why did he insist on the sedation?! Am I correct in my assertion about it not calming the colon?
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