I'm scheduled to have my very first colonoscopy in a week, but the HMO uses a doctor that uses "conscious sedation" so he can instruct me to turn over this way, then turn over that way and I may feel some pressure from the air being pumped into my intestines. (No one I have talked to has ever had a colonoscopy like I'm describing, and none of the people said they were told to turn over this way, then turn over that way--they all said they were completely knocked out). Because of my back injuries, I am mobility disabled and in an electric scooter--so the back pain isn't just something that Excedrin will take away. The problem is that I discussed management of back pain with my primary care physician (PCP) and he said ultimately it will be up to the colonoscopy doctor whether he will use it. The colonoscopy doctor said he won't speak to me but only with my PCP. So my PCP said he will call the colonoscopy doctor but that the colonoscopy doctor may decide not to use any pain meds and to completely stop the exam if I start in pain. So I would have to pay for the exam, but the exam results would be useless. What say you? What have you dealt with? Have you had pain during a colonoscopy? I am thinking of canceling if the doctor refuses to use any pain meds if I go into pain--as I think it is inhumane when he is not completely knocking me out.