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Thank you to everybody who has posted something to help new patients undergoing a colonoscopy. They really helped me to prepare for mine and iron out any concerns. my turn to contribute now. It's very clear that everybody has an individual reaction. It's not a one size fits all. The bowel prep for me went very smoothly. The only difficult bit was the hunger! The citramag tasted absolutely OK and I went to the loo around 10 times. I did wonder if it should look clear towards the end but diarrhoea was liquid like and yellow in final ones. I wasn't worried going into this and chose to go for sedation free as I think I have a high pain barrier. For the most part it was absolutely fine! I had a couple of twinges. When consultant was almost at the top, I had a moment of real pain which made me cry out. I felt like I was going to break the nurse's hand. She calmed me down, helping me to control my breathing - yoga style. That definitely helped! It feels really good to be able to just walk out. I'm not sure I would be brave enough to do that again. Hopefully there will be enough time lapsing before the next one and I'll forget the small painful section.
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