(Closed) colonscopy anyone?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I had one done last summer, I have serious stomach problems so I had to get both a colonoscopy and endoscopy done to try and figure it out.

The clense beforehand was THE WORST. I had to drink stuff that to this day I describe as liquid death. And it was supposed to taste like lemonade so I still can’t even smell lemonade without gagging. The actual procedure was fine, but the Twilight they used to knock me out made me sick (it didn’t the first time so it might just have been that time, idk) but it was only for a while.

If you don’t have to drink that awful stuff, then you’ll be fine.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@sugarcube: It was just the worst thing I have ever tasted. My Dad had to make it for me and he had a colonoscopy too and he threw up just smelling it. (Although his was Ginger Ale flavored)

The Twilight made me sleep for a really long time. The first time I had it (I had my endoscopy done first) I woke up like ten minutes after the procedure and I felt pretty good. After my colonoscopy I slept for like two hours and I threw up a few times after they took me home.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve had two! It’s nerve wracking getting your first one but honestly it’s a simple procedure and you won’t even remember it! The worst part is the prep and that’s bc you can’t eat anything and have to drink a nasty solution. The colonscopy however, is easy. They sedate you so you won’t even remember, it feels like you blink your eyes and it’s done with! And don’t be embarassed, I’m actually a nurse myself and we don’t even think twice about these types of things! You couldn’t imagine some of the things we’ve seen! Don’t worry too much, it’s not as bad/scary as it sounds -I promise!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@[email protected]: Yea, the procedure itself is not bad at all, I don’t remember a thing. I barely remember going to sleep, lol.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@sugarcube: She could be talking about golytely.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@[email protected]: Yea, I’m not sure what it was called, I didn’t even make it myself, my Dad and Stepmom did because they knew if I did it I wouldn’t drink it.

 

@sugarcube: Like I said, the first time, I was completely fine, idk what it was about that second time.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@sugarcube: Anesthesia does makes some people sick, but not everyone! I didn’t get sick either time. Plus, they have medicine they can give you if you feel sick,

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve always thought it was a sick mind that named Golytley. You don’t go lightly. You go heavily!  (yes I know it’s about the electrolytes).

To the OP. The procedure itself is a breeze. You will be sedated and you won’t remember much, if anything.

The prep is the part you likely won’t enjoy. Different doctors have different preferences but in order for them to see the lining of the bowel, it has to be completely empty. You drink a solution the evening before that makes you have raging diarrhea to empty your bowel. It is not unusual to have some abdomnal cramping but it passes.

Try to get an appointment first thing in the morning because then you will only have to fast while you are sleeping, not during the day while you are awake and hungry.

 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I had one once during a bout of what I would call a “mystery illness”. My doctor decided to check for Crohn’s disease. Didn’t have it, thank God, but I needed the colonoscopy to get to that bit of good news.

It seems like everyone else had to *drink* something to get to the um… cleansing part– I had pills to take. But let me tell you about the day leading up to that. For 24 hours, I had to restrict myself to a liquid diet. I could have Jello, broth, water, apple juice, and apple sauce. Things like that. I could NOT have anything brown or red (no cherry jello, for example) because they did not want the dye to obstruct their view.

Twelve or so hours before bedtime, I was asked to take these giant pills. I had to take two every fifteen minutes, and I had to drink a pint or a liter of liquid with each bout of pills. Let me tell you, that was quite unpleasant, and that was the WORST part. Why? Mostly because I did not feel as though my stomach had the capacity for so much liquid at one time, and it was uncomfortable. Next: I am not a good pill-taker. These pills were quite large, and basically disintegrated on your tongue. They tasted like salt water, and I wanted to spit them out all over the place, but I muscled through like a trooper.

Honestly, that was the worst of it. I did not mind being on the toilet nearly as much as I did drinking all that tea, juice and broth. It was just annoying because it got boring, and just when you think you’re done, you have to go again. If you are not close by to the bathroom, it’s a risky thing. Be sure to wear clothing you don’t care too much about. Accidents can happen. Although it did not happen to me, I can easily see where someone may um… lose control, if you will.

The day of procedure, they ask you to lay on your left side, and if you’re lucky, you will have an anesthesiologist who will tell you a childhood story to ease your nerves. Granted, I asked for that bit, so I could focus on anything else besides my bare butt about to be… well…. you know…. But really, once you wake up, it’s smooth sailing. You will be gassy because they need to fill you with air in order to properly see what they’re doing, but that passes easily. It’s no worse than having a big plate of vegetables the night before. I apologize if this is too graphic, but these are all details I wanted to know the night before.

I had no bad reactions to the knock out drugs, other than waking up was slow and confusing. I remember trying to make jokes with the nurses, but I clearly made no sense. My mother needed to help me get dressed and to get off the gurney, but once I got moving, I was fine. Just a little groggy.

You will be fine. Don’t worry about it. Really, the worst part is the preparation. The colonoscopy and everything after is cake.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve had two.  One with general anesthesia because I was a kid.  This time they gave me laughing gas while they put the iv in my hand so it was okay.  The other time I was an adult so they gave me a valium and dimeral cocktail and I don’t remember a thing.  Neither time was embarassing and everything turned out to be okay both times.  The first time they took out a few polyps but that was all.  Like everyone else said the prep is the worst part, but it has to be done.  The prep I had both times was the kind where i had to mix it with juice (I forget the ratio) and down it.  This is by far the worst part, but I didn’t throw up any.  One of my nurses along the way told me to mix the ratio exactly as specified because otherwise the cleanse will be too strong and can make you throw up.  But if you follow the directions you should be fine.  I did spend a lot of time on the toilet those days, but it wasn’t TOO explosive or painful.  It wasn’t pleasant but not as bad as I thought it would be either.  I did get tired of chicken broth though and havent been able to eat it since, so I would reccommend having a lot of variety so you dont get tired of stuff.  That’s my advice… follow orders and everything will be just fine!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The most mortifying part for me was when they made me fart before I could leave.  Like someone else said, that doesn’t phase nurses so I guess that’s not a big deal.

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