Bad colonoscope today,

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Sandyz, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    I had a colonscope today and was given fentanyl and versed three times and I barely felt it. I was wide awake the whole time and screaming in pain. Why didn`t this stuff work on me?? I will never have another one without being totally put out. Also, my stomach is so sore tonight, is that normal?? Just my luck its Friday and I can`t call the doctors office.

    The good news was my colon was fine, no cancer or disease which was a hugh relieve. My father died of colon cancer.

    Were you sore after your scope and if so for how long? It was quite the ordeal but I am so relieved it is over.
  2. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    I feel VERY bad for you. I have not had one, but am having one booked as I've been having severe IB for the last year. Yikes, that scares me. So does getting put under though. I take alot of pain meds, so I'll bet they'll have trouble getting me comfortable. Hum, will think about that one. I hope you feel better tomorrow! Take it Easy!! Laura
  3. mollystwin

    mollystwin New Member

    They told me I would be sore for a few days and I was. There are a lot of twists and turns in our colons and they have to get the scope through them. That's why it hurts. I would call your dr if it still hurts on Monday just to be sure though. Or if the pain gets bad call sooner.

    I'm sorry you had to go through that pain during the procedure. I have had two colonoscopys and didn't have that problem. The first time I watched and the second I fell asleep.

    I'm glad your colon is fine. My mom died from colon cancer too, so I get the tests regularly. I made that promise to her before she died.
  4. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    It sounds a bit like my experience. My colon went into spasm as he moved the scope and they had to give me more meds. It's likely the spasms that caused the pain. My gut was sore for a little while but yours will likely be better by tomorrow. Sometimes heat helps.
    If it's still bad tomorrow or if you have unusual bleeding (some bleeding is normal), you may want to go to ER just to be sure. I expect, though, that you will feel better by tomorrow.

    Take Care
  5. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    I hope you have something to take for the pain now. Maybe try a hot bath if it's ok after that procedure..I'm not sure. I hoppe you feel better soon.
  6. Butterfly_of_grace

    Butterfly_of_grace New Member

    I had an emergency Sigmoidoscopy which is a colonoscopy but half way instead of all the way around your colon....I had NO SEDATION because it was an emergency and I had something to eat (chicken broth whoopty-do)so they wouldnt sedate me.

    Then they did a colonoscopy two weeks later but they sedated me for that THANK GOD.

    I know the was BAD...I feel real bad for ya.

    Hope you feel better soon!
  7. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    Thanks for all your replies. I had a scope down my throat to look at my stomach the week before and I sure felt sedated for that one. That was no problem. So, I don`t know what happened today. I have had 3 abdominal surgeries so maybe I had some adhesions on my intestines.

    At one point I said this is as painful as childbirth. They gave me more meds but it didn`t help. Finally at the very end I could feel the meds more when they were taking the darned scope out.

    I took some ultracet and that helped some. A nice hot bath sounds good too.
  8. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I have never heard of such a thing. Did you see a gastro specialist?

    My husband, brother and I have all had a colonoscopy twice and always just asleep, then awake and its over.

    Are you sure your doctor did everything right?
  9. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    Sandy, I'm so sorry! I've had those and hate them more than anything. The fentanyl and versed should've done the trick, perhaps the amount wasn't enough(?) since we are so differenty perceptive to pain with our DD's.

    The very first colonoscopy I had sounded like the same experience that you were describing. I was given valium and found that I have the opposite reaction than expected, i.e., I tense up when given valium - to the point of spasm and shakes. The doctor wasn't very empathetic to my problem either, at one point nearly yelling at me to stay still. That was about 20 years ago. Yuk!

    When I go through the colonosopies now, I am only given versed. Although I can feel some pain, the versed helps enough through it's sedative-hypnotic action to let me get through it. I can't take anything opiate like the fentanyl as I have allergies to them.

    I don't know why you reacted that way ... it could have been something like I experienced with my first colonoscopy perhaps, caused by the combination of meds or just one of them (?).

    I'm glad you're feeling better now.

    Warm hugs, Jeannette
  10. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I am so sorry that you had such a bad experience having your colonoscopy.

    That is not normal. I have no idea why the meds that they gave you did not work. When you screamed in pain, I would have thought they would have stopped and tried to give you something else, unless they had already given you to max of the type of meds they were given you.

    If you ever have another one, make sure you tell them in advance what you were given this time and it did not work, so they can figure out something else to give you!

    I just had both a colonoscopy and an endoscopy procedure done at the same time last Thursday. I was also given Versed and something else, but I don't know what. I was lucky, I did not feel one thing--nor do I remember one thing until I woke up in the recovery room. Now, that is the way is it supposed to be!

    If you have to go back to the doc for a followup, make sure and ask him WHY he thought the meds did not work on you--it may come in helpful at a later date!


    P.S. I forgot, I was not sore at all--just had a little bid of gas that afternoon and evening ..... and for the endoscope .... no after feelings whatsoever.[This Message was Edited on 01/05/2007]
  11. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    Yes, my doctor was a gastro specialists and she does alot of colonscopes. She had 4 with mine yesterday. I think they did give me the maximum amount and it wasn`t doing much. I am going to ask her when I go back. Also, one of the nurses is going to call me on Monday to check on how I`m doing. I`m going to ask her about it too.

    Today I feel very sore everywhere especially my stomach and back. I must have really tightened up. I`m going to take some muscle relaxants and some ultracet. Other then hurting I don`t feel bad otherwise.

    Thank you all for your imput and hugs. Big hugs back at you!
  12. I am so sorry that you had such a bad experience having your colonoscopy! I went through that for my first colonoscopy, the dr. was a foreign dr. and didn't give me anything and I had such horrid cramping I thought I would die on the table. I was so scared to ever have another. I never went back to that dr. NEVER! I think that was barbaric of him, I think he enjoyed causing pain to people. My new gastro dr. I told him of the experience and he knocks me out. Speaking of that I need another one soon. YIKES! Now you can't get my husband to go get one, I mean I don't enjoy it either, but as you age they recommend it every 5 yrs.
  13. blizotte

    blizotte New Member

    I am so sorry that you had such a bad experience. I question the doctor that proceeded with the procedure when you were obviously not under the influence of the pain meds as you should have been. I think he should have stopped the procedure immediately and perhaps waited a little bit longer to see if the meds might start to work. Both of these are very short term meds thus the use in this procedure. But to do it with them is inexcusable. If you have to have it done again I hope you find a better doctor to do it.

  14. natrlvr2

    natrlvr2 New Member

    I refuse to allow them to not put me under.I was awake for most of my 1st one.NEVER again.(or I will flip out at them)I have ulcerative colitis so I am to have a scope done every 2 yrs.(I am late for this last one)I have had 4 colonoscopies and 1 sigmoidoscopy.NONE of them left me with a sore stomach.(just gas)
  15. MsOnlyMe123

    MsOnlyMe123 New Member

    So you had just a bad experience. I haven't had a colonoscopy yet, but I have had several endoscopys, after my Gastroenterologist found acid reflex 10 years. To this day I am on Prilosec, (percription only - over the counter, does not work on me. When I have this done, evey year, I don't feel a thing, with the exception that a few times, I have felt the tube in my throat being pulled out and choking a little.

    I know alot of people, including my father and sister who have recently had colonoscopys, everything fine, and they didn't feel a thing. The after effects was some gas, of course, but that was it.

    Call that doctor immediatately. He must have coverage or atleast an answering service to page him.

    Fell better.

  16. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    Boy, your post brought back a terrible memory. I had my colonoscopy done a year ago in an office by a Dr who looked like he should have retired 30 years ago. His secretary (wife) appeared to be his assistant during the procedure. She wasn't any younger than he.

    I was only given valium. I was in absolute agony and he was only able to get 18" up the bowel. He told me afterwards that he couldn't go further due to strictures (narrowing) in the bowel. That wasn't written on my file however. I asked my family Dr about it and he said that it just said that he stopped due to pain.

    I ended up having a barium enema process to finish the assessment. At least nothing was seen in the first 18". As for the strictures....well who knows what that was about.

    My husbands specialist has agreed to do my colonoscopy the next time I need one. At least he does it the hospital with full sedation. I will never forget that experience!

    Hope you feel better soon!


  17. JaneSmith

    JaneSmith New Member

    Sandy, I had 2 in 5 years. I had no pain from it. Your doc did not have you fully asleep. It's a week later and hope you are feeling better. And next time it's a Friday and you have to get a hold of a doctor, you still call the doctor. At his emergency number.
  18. KelB

    KelB New Member

    Sorry you had such a bad experience.

    If you search the board using "Colonoscopy" you'll find quite a few of us have had bad experiences. There's something about CFS/FM that makes some of us almost immune to anything less than industrial-strength painkillers and sedatives.

    Mine was dreadful as well. The gastroscopy I don't remember at all, but I became conscious just as they started the colonoscopy. I was in agony but the muscle relaxant was still in effect so I couldn't move or talk, I could only yell. Didn't seem to make any difference to the docs, who just carried on regardless. It felt like someone was stabbing me.

    The student nurse observing the procedures was really shaken up - she told me in recovery that I'd yelled and gagged all through the gastroscopy as well. She was nearly as upset as me (but not quite!).

    If I ever have to go through that again, I'm going to insist on a full general anaesthetic.
  19. springrose22

    springrose22 New Member

    That sounds very bad to me. Somehow, I have to question the Dr. continuing with you in such pain. I have had two of these, and only felt some mild/moderate pain, with some sedation. They should have stopped and regrouped, possibly giving you more sedation. That doesn't sound right to me. Marie

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