Colonoscopy

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by crickett, Sep 17, 2002.

  1. crickett

    crickett New Member

    I went through a similar experience about a month ago. I am not hypoglycemic, but going for long periods without food makes me very ill. The doctor scheduled me for the colonoscopy just because he couldn't really diagnose the abdominal pain that I have beem having attacks for 20 years. Very much like gall bladder or dying from a heart attack, Sometimes lasting days. Anyway he says along as your here and you ARE over 50 and have never had one, I should have one done. It was one of the absolute worst experiences of my life! I did the prep aand liquid diet, but not being able to take pain medication or migrane meds, was terrible. They started the test with no shot to relax me or for pain. I was screaming in pain. Then they inform me that the test could not be completed. They were only able to go 1/4 of the way, and that I had diverticulosis so bad. Then they suggest that I have a lower GI and then another colonoscopy because they HAVE to see what other problems may be in the colon. I politely told the doctor not to hold his breath. I told him don't call me. I really have to think about this one.
  2. crickett

    crickett New Member

    I went through a similar experience about a month ago. I am not hypoglycemic, but going for long periods without food makes me very ill. The doctor scheduled me for the colonoscopy just because he couldn't really diagnose the abdominal pain that I have beem having attacks for 20 years. Very much like gall bladder or dying from a heart attack, Sometimes lasting days. Anyway he says along as your here and you ARE over 50 and have never had one, I should have one done. It was one of the absolute worst experiences of my life! I did the prep aand liquid diet, but not being able to take pain medication or migrane meds, was terrible. They started the test with no shot to relax me or for pain. I was screaming in pain. Then they inform me that the test could not be completed. They were only able to go 1/4 of the way, and that I had diverticulosis so bad. Then they suggest that I have a lower GI and then another colonoscopy because they HAVE to see what other problems may be in the colon. I politely told the doctor not to hold his breath. I told him don't call me. I really have to think about this one.
  3. Lynda B.

    Lynda B. New Member

    Meds, usually valium drip and demerol for pain, are given for a full colonoscopy. In addition, I have had 4 of them and have ALWAYS been able to take my meds unless they were on a very short list of meds NO ONE is allowed to take for a colonoscopy. I could take my pain meds, etc. I think aspirin is a no-no and maybe NSAIDS. I can't remember, but the list was short. The prep was a piece of cake all except for one time when my bowels would not start moving for 3 to 4 hours and I had to slow down. Otherwise, I never was awake during anything. The only exception was the one I had done at the Mayo Clinic. There it was awful and I did yell and scream and they did not give me enough meds for the pain I was experiencing.

    It is so important to have this done. Please look into this and see if it was the doctor as opposed to the prodecure. I have NEVER heard of such an awful experience. I am sorry. Most GI's have a tender heart where pain is concerned and give plenty of meds. My GI even called in extra anestesiology (sp?-sorry) help because all the meds I was already on and the FMS.

    You, your health and life are so much more important than a horrible GI. I honestly think you may have gotten a rotten apple out of a pretty good bunch of docs and a not so awful prodecure to ensure a healthy and less painful life.

    Lynda B.
  4. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi Crickett, welcome to the board, you have already received so much information, I am just stopping to welcome you.

    Shalom, Shirl
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Colonoscopies, like mammograms, depend on the skill of the tech/doctor performing them as it regards our comfort level. People will tell horror stories about these tests and others, like me, practually sail through them. Please do not assume if you have a bad experience that that is normal. It isn't. Report anyone who causes undue pain or performs poorly and shop for someone with skills and integrity.

    The problem is that when someone has a painful experience with these life-saving tests, it causes others to become afraid and postpone them. If you do not get a recommendation from a trusted doc, consult with the specialist before having the test done.

    Breast and colon cancer are not pain free. If either is left to grow too long, it will kill you in a slow and painful way. I opt for the tests. My opinion only.

    Love, Mikie

  6. Julygal

    Julygal New Member

    I'm having a colonoscopy next Wed. & have had at least 6 colonoscopies before. The first one I had was as you described...horrendous!!! And believe me, it was the doctor because he showed no sign of compassion, gave no meds, was determined, & was NOT able to complete it. Thank God I did not ever have that kind of experience again! My gastroenterologist is wonderful! And as others have told you, medication was given & I was unaware of anything. This will be my first colonoscopy since having FMS. I can take all of my medications but was told not to take Vit. E or aspirin the week before the procedure. My mother died with colon cancer & I've had just enough problems for years, that I must not let that first experience deter me.

    So sorry because I KNOW what you went through! God bless, & don't give up. Finding the right Dr. is the key. If you are in the Atlanta area I can certainly help you out!
    Love & prayers,
    Carolyn
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  7. XRAYFFDANIEL

    XRAYFFDANIEL New Member

    CHECK INTO 3D CAT SCAN OF COLON
    DAN


    WE WILL NEVR FORGET 9-11-01
  8. PMangels

    PMangels New Member

    I agree with HighRiskRN. She is right on. I'm sorry you had to go through that ordeal the way you did because that is not the how it is done. I've had a colonoscopy and they put me out. Before my test they explained every step of the way what they were going to do and what I could expect. They even gave me a pamphlet with pictures that explained the procedure. What school did that Doc go to??... And what about the persons helping him??? They must have flunked out of school. He should be hung out to dry. Would'nt you just love to give him a taste of his own medicine? That was a terrible ordeal for you to go through.

    Gentle Hugs, (you need it)
    Arlene