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I thought they outlawed the old style metal sigmoidoscopes. I had never been through the procedure however recently turning 40 my doctor recommended a sigmoidoscopy and barium enema. Both on the same day. She assured me they would be no big deal. Sure!
Since I had to attend the hospital I expected she would be using a flexible scope from all my findings on the internet. That was bad enough, I never expected the old metal monster which I had heard many horror stories about. And they were all true!
First I was given a large cleansing enema by a rather rude and obnoxious nurse. I objected that it was too hot which caused me severe cramping but she was oblivious to that, basically ordering me to hold it for five minutes until she said I could finally go to the toilet.
Then for the worst part - the actual examination. I was taken into the torture chamber on a wheelchair. My initial shock of seeing the odd table which was designed for rectal work was overcome by the realization that there would be no way to move away, as bad as having your feet strapped into the gyn stirrups. But that was nothing compared to the shock of discovering it was designed to hold you nearly standing on your head when they invert you. The doctor first started with a rectal exam using her finger. Then came the scope. At first it hurt when she put it inside and started pumping an air bellows, then it became excrutiating. As soon as she made a hard twist I felt a cramp inside my pelvis so bad I couldn't help but cry out. Before I could catch my breath to really scream the doctor had inserted the entire bloody thing right to the limit. Then she began an exceedingly slow and painful examination which lasted at least ten minutes. I have never been that scared or in that much pain in my life. For good or bad, the doctor took a very good look at things and she didn't miss anything for all the twisting and turning she did. Dam that hurt! I cried the whole time and for ten minutes afterwards. I won't ever have it done again, at least not the metal type. It will be a flexible scope and I will be completely sedated or else it won't be happening.
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