Anybody ever had this procedure before?

@koalatbs (2231)
United States
May 28, 2008 1:46pm CST
I am having a colonoscopy soon. Has anyone else ever had one done? I am not looking forward to it, to say the least. I hope they knock me out for it.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
28 May 08
I had it done a year ago. I was going to get it without anesthesia so I could watch the images from the scope, but the nurses convinced me that I'd do better with Demerol. I didn't think I was really asleep, but I must have been because it seemed like I was just talking to them, and then they told me they were finished. The whole thing was over in less than 1/2 hour, including wearing off the effects of the Demerol. The doctor did find some polyps, but he removed them, and I didn't feel a thing. They advised me to rest for the remainder of the day, but instead I went out for lunch with my daughter, who had taken the day off work so she could drive me to my appointment. I was not able to eat much, but I didn't feel very bad. For the preparation the day before, I opted for the pills that I had to take, I think it was 4 every hour with a lot of water, and no solid food, but clear liquids. That was the worst part, like everyone I know who had one had told me. So, don't be afraid, it's not so bad, just a little uncomfortable because of the preparation.
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@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Thanks KarenO52 - I wish I had been able to take a pill every 4 hours instead of what they gave me! I had to drink a whole gallon of some icky tasting stuff. It tasted like bad stale water. It was awful, especially near the end. Thanks for the info.
• United States
28 May 08
I haven't had one done, but my father and head coach have both told me about their experiences. My father said it was uncomfortable but not bad. My head coach actually says he enjoys them. It is kinda scarry, i know. He has had 3 or 4 in his lifetime. Imagine the laugh he got when he told our team that. Anyways, the personal experiences I have heard about didn't sound too bad. Maybe they will just give you some good medicine and you won't have to worry about it. Good luck!
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@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
5 Jun 08
LoL... I can't believe your head coach said he actually enjoyed them! YUCK! That is just plain weird... funny though. Mine wasn't too bad after all. The preparation was much much worse than the actual procedure. I hated having to fast and 3 days before I had to follow a low-residue/low-fiber diet that really was annoying. No fruit & no veggies either! Now, maybe if I was still a kid I wouldn't have minded, but now that I'm an adult I actually miss my veggies! LoL :)
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
30 May 08
I'm glad you asked that question, I am soon to be 50 and I will need to have that done. The only thing that has worried me is having to drink that stuff, and so much of it. I saw where someone commented that they were able to take a pill. Maybe I'll be able to do that too.
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@ellie333 (21029)
28 May 08
Hi, Yes I have had this done about eight years ago and the result was all was fine. I wasn't asleep though but other than feeling uncomfortable it doesn't hurt either, it is more the embarrassment of what is being done really. I am sure all will be fine, relax is the only advice I can give really. Ellie :D
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
28 May 08
My cousin's husband just had one and they put him to sleep for it. I don't know if they normally do or not. I would hope so. I was suppose to go for one a few years ago but my husband quit his job and I lost my insurance.
@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Thanks for replying lucy02. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. We are moving soon, at the end of this month, so I have been very busy with packing and such so I have not been online as often as I used to. You should really try to have your colonoscopy done if you were supposed to a few years ago. Sorry about the loss in insurance. I know how hard it is financially though. I have been out of work since last summer due to medical problems and my husband is a dental student (graduates this month - Ya hoo!), so... we have been living off of his student loans. I cobra'd my health insurance from my old job and we have to pay over $500 a month to keep it active. I had my colonoscopy and they took a few biopsys and removed a polyp. I have not heard anything yet about the results. I have a follow-up appointment on June 16th to see the doctor again who performed the procedure. I hope it is good news.
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@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Oh, I forgot to mention... they did NOT put me out for the procedure! Bummer! They gave me some really good stuff in my IV though. I barely cared a hoot about what the doctor was doing back there! LoL
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Well as long as they gave you something really good that's okay, lol. I think it would have to be pretty strong. I do have insurance now but the coverage is not great and I would still have to pay alot out of pocket. I'm not really having as much trouble now though so I'm thinking it was an ulcer. I hope your tests all come out well.
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
30 May 08
I haven't, but I know those that have and they say you're pumped up with some pretty good meds so you don't really care what they're doing to you!
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
30 May 08
Oops, hit the 'post' button too quickly. Wanted to add that I hope whatever it is that is prompting the test isn't serious, and that the results are good.
@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
28 May 08
I took my mom for hers and they gave her valum, she said it wasn't comfortable but tolerable. I can honestly say that I am not looking forward to it, but with family history I will be going when it's time to. Good luck I hope it isn't that bad for you!
@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
28 May 08
Thanks for the info about your mom's colonoscopy ZephyrSun. I will let you know how mine goes afterwards. I am sorry you have to have one done too.
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Jun 08
I'm due for one but I haven't had one yet...
@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
31 May 08
I have never had it done, but my mom has had several of them done. I take her when she has to have it done. Its over real quick. She has always said the prep before the test was always worse then the test. You can't eat and you have to take medicine to clean you out. They do give you medicine to relax you and some people it knocks them out. Good luck and I hope the test comes out ok.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
31 May 08
Actually, I need to get one scheduled this year and was interested in what everyone has to say about this procedure. Doesn't sound so bad does it. It's one of those procedures that we really need to overlook our embarrassment and just get it done. I've been putting it off.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
31 May 08
My mom just had one done last week. She said it was not really that bad. They knocked her out though. The worst part for her was drinking 64 ounces of Gatorade with a 2 week supply of Miralax in it in 4 hours the night before the procedure.
@gy850710 (90)
• China
30 May 08
i never had this before. good luck to you!
• Alexandria, Virginia
29 May 08
I have had several. Follow your doctor's instructions. Someone will need to drive you home and you will not be able to drive 24hrs
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
29 May 08
I have and they did put me to sleep. It was just enough to make me sleep through it. Good luck.
• United States
29 May 08
I have heard that the fear you feel before the procedure is much worse than the actual procedure. They will given you some kind of anesthesia, I had an air contrast double column barium enema and that was not pleasant as you do not get any kind of anesthesia.