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Author Topic: Upcoming Colonoscopy, What To Expect?  (Read 1813 times)

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Offline newbieguy

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Upcoming Colonoscopy, What To Expect?
« on: November 08, 2011, 05:54:51 PM »
I am scheduled to have a colonoscopy next week. I had a brief bout of bleeding (when I went number 2) a year and a half ago, so my doctor wanted me to have one to be on the safe side. I suspect it is an internal or slight external hemrroid that caused it. The bleeding I had (for about 3 days in April, 2010) stopped after I took some suposetories and local cream, and I haven't had any since then. I cancelled my colonoscopy a few times because I was scared of it, and because I didn't have any more bleeding in over a year. However, I think I'll just go through with it now. Have any of you had colonoscopies before? Will it hurt, even with partial anesthesia? My friend had one, and he said the worst part is drinking the stuff to clean you out before, and the procedure itself is a breeze. I think they just half-sedate you with IV until the procedure is over? If they do find any polyps, won't they remove them during the procedure? I suspect I have an internal hemrroid, will they fix that also, or will I have to do that in another visit? My main concern is if I have an internal hemrroid that caused the bleeding, the procedure itself might aggravate it and cause it to start bleeding again, even after Ive been sent home? Will they fix/stop any bleeding caused by the procedure before they send me home? Would appreciate any insight/advice, thanks a lot!

Offline denb45

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Re: Upcoming Colonoscopy, What To Expect?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 07:29:20 PM »
1. It's breeze, I've had 2 in a 3 yr time frame
2. They give good IV-Drugs
3. The Prep ( drinking all that stuff is to clean you out) it's not that bad
4. if they find any Polyps they will be removed, I had one, it came back benign
5. I didn't like all of the farting after it was over, but after, I went home & slept-ed it off
6. go ahead and do it, nothing to be ashamed of, or even scared of

Hope this helps you out some  ;)
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Offline mpositive

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Re: Upcoming Colonoscopy, What To Expect?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2011, 06:39:25 AM »
Easy peasy!  Don't be worried about it at all.  I am a pro ... lol.   The prep is a annoying at worst.  Lots of pooping of the softer type.  Just follow the instructions and you will be all cleared up for the procedure.  They usually give the IV that knocks you out.  To me, it was a great sleep.  :)  I kinda understand why Michael Jackson liked the stuff.  I think it is the same stuff....but of course done correctly :).
Seriously though, afterward, you are gonna wonder why you were afraid of it before.  I go every 2-3 years, colon cancer runs in my family so I want to be on the safe side.

Good luck!

Offline next2u

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Re: Upcoming Colonoscopy, What To Expect?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2011, 07:14:32 PM »


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Offline aztecan

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Re: Upcoming Colonoscopy, What To Expect?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2011, 02:54:19 AM »
I had one last year. Not much to it.

The prep is a bit of a pain, only because it does really keep you on the pot for a bit, but that wasn't that bad.

I slept through the procedure itself.


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Offline newbieguy

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Re: Upcoming Colonoscopy, What To Expect?
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2011, 12:34:57 PM »
Thanks for all the comments! I am going to bite the bullet and go through with it just to be on the safe side. One more question, anyone know if an internal hemmroid could cause urinary urgency/frequency symptoms at all? Does the med they give you put you totally asleep during the colonoscopy, or just half-asleep. Thanks!

Offline auspoz

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Re: Upcoming Colonoscopy, What To Expect?
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2011, 06:53:27 AM »
Hey. I had one last year. No worries at all! They'll remove polyps for sure (they "hook" them and "lassoo" them - GONE). But if you have Haemmhoroids, it might require something else. Mine were not removed in the colonoscopy.

I did feel drained because of the fasting/cleaning, but nothing too serious.

Hope it goes well. I'm sure it will. :)



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