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#1 sherrytrifle


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Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:23 AM

Hi everyone

It's been a long time since I was here. I'm due to have a colonoscopy and the other one where a camera is put down the oesophagus. Can any one who has had this tell me what to expect?


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Posted 31 March 2011 - 01:28 PM

Hi Sherrytrifle,

I've always had conscious sedation for the colonoscopies. When they do an endoscopy, I've needed a general anesthetic because I fight them so hard. :( Mostly what I remember is having nice nap. If you tell them you are very nervous, they'll usually increase the sedation enough that you won't mind the procedure. They usually go pretty quickly. The worst part for me was that the recovery rooms are always too cold, so don't hesitate to ask for more blankets at any time.

Good luck with them and I hope the results are good.
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 02:11 PM

Hi Sherrytrifle,

Thankfully I've never had to have either a endoscopy or a colonoscopy, so can't advise you from my own experience. I have had a bronchoscopy though and that was done with conscious sedation as Jeannie has described. Admittedly I do have a fairly high pain threshold but can honestly say that I didn't feel any pain, probably because I was high as a kite throughout!! ;)

I've included a couple of links to Endoscopy and Colonoscopy which I hope you'll find informative.

Good luck with both the procedures; do post again and let us know how you get on, won't you?
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 02:53 PM

Hi Sherrytrifle,

I have had several colonoscopies, and the ones I had done in the states they gave me nothing and I found them painful, but in the UK they gave me concious sedation like Jeannie mentioned, and I was awake but felt no pain and it was over quickly. You will have a bit of gas possible after the colonscopy as they sometimes inflate your bowel and intestines to see better. The nurse I had tried to talk me out of the sedation but I held to my guns and I would not do it without it if I had to do it again, such a difference!


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Posted 31 March 2011 - 04:49 PM

Hello Sherrytrifle

I have had a colonoscopy but never a endoscopy and I had sedation before it, I highly recommend it! Mind you at the time I was a much more...er,...uh...assertive person and near the end of the procedure I became very vocal about the fact that I wanted the doctor to finish and asserted this with a string of expletives. I had no recollection of this and was told by the doctor afterwards who found it highly amusing!

For me the worse thing was the bowel prep and fasting you have to do a day or so prior to the procedure. Whatever you do stay close to the toilet after you take the laxative they give you because it works all of a sudden and suddenly!

Please let us know how you get on and take care.
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 05:41 PM


I've had several endoscopies and colonoscopies.

When I had my first colonoscopy I didn't quite go to sleep, even though I was sedated. I didn't feel anything and didn't have my contacts in so couldn't see that great but saw the inside of my colon on the monitor. When the doctor said he was going to take a biopsy, I could see the pincher thing go out and back. For the other ones I was out like a light. The worst part is the prep for it the day before, :temper-tantrum: be prepared to have to drink yucky stuff and be near a toilet. You have to be on a liquid diet the day before and can't have anything red or purple. You will go into recovery after it and they will tell you it's ok to pass gas as a lot of air goes in you colon during the procedure. The doctor should talk with you immediately afterwards and tell you whether any polyps were found, biopsies were taken, or if you have diverticulitis. Mine took pictures and showed them to me. I have had a couple of polyps, all benign, and have slight diverticulitis but it doesn't bother me and I don't eat a special diet for it.

The same thing with my first endoscopy, I didn't quite go out and it was awful, they had to hold me down and I felt every minute of it. :nervous: Everyone I have had since then I was out and didn't feel a thing. The very worse part of either of these procedures was trying to get the IV in my arm as I am a hard stick, although that has improved as my skin has softened.

Are they looking for something in particular, are you having symptoms, or is this just a baseline test? I hope you do well, welcome back, and keep us posted.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:43 AM

I had both of these - upper endoscopy first, which found polyps in my stomach and then needed to have a colonoscopy (polyps there too), they told me in the future I can have both exams done the same day, saving me the extra IV, sedation, etc.

I told the doctor before the upper endoscopy I was very anxious about choking and didn't want to be awake at all for it, he said "no problem" and I was out like a light and don't remember a bit of it :emoticons-yes: altho I did have quite a bit of nausea and vomiting afterwards. Not sure if that was because of the sedation or the exam of the stomach itself, but told the doctor about this before the colonoscopy, and he gave me a bit less sedation that time, so I do remember some of this exam, including watching the monitor and hearing them say "there's another polyp" and seeing them cut it, but felt strangely detached and none of it bothered me neither physically nor psychologically.

I agree with the others in that the worst parts are the IV and the day-before preparation for the colonoscopy (caution: my father-in-law once took a nap during his "prep" - what a mistake - he had to throw out his sofa due to the mess :blink: lesson learned: stay awake and very near the bathroom!!!)

Good luck to you!


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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:58 AM

I've had at least 5 endoscopies but just 1 colonoscopy. For the endoscopies I always have sedation and they have always been fine. I feel like I have been asleep and don't recall any of the procedure, only becoming aware of anything as they are removing the endoscope. As others have said the worst part of the colonscopy is the prep the day before - just be prepared to spend a day in or very near the loo!. The procedure itself was fine. I had sedation but was not as "out of it" as with the endoscopies, and actually chatted to the consultant all the way through the procedure and watched it on the screen. The only discomfort(and it was very slight discomfort) was when they took biopsies. Hope all goes well for you.


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Posted 02 April 2011 - 08:56 AM

Thanks everyone for your replies. You've been very helpful. I needn't be so scared. I'll probably take the sedated option, both procedures are being done on the same day. I've been given a liquid to induce my own enema at home, I will be right near the toilet. Will let you know when I've had it done. (not for a few weeks yet). I'm so glad this forum exists!

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 07:46 AM

Hi I have had both. The worst was the diet beforehand.
I knew nothing of the top end, was sound asleep, the bottom end I woke in middle
and saw my insides on the t.v bit but it got painful so they just gave me a other shot and was out
for the rest of it .

Nothing to it really; the thought is worse. Diet was lovely bovealy and the running to the loo
clear out time ha ha they give you something to drink to clear you out. Otherwise not much too it.

Christine :emoticons-line-dance: