I have to have colonoscopy next thurs..Anyone???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Carlacat, Jun 19, 2003.

  1. Carlacat

    Carlacat New Member

    Have any of you had one?? Fill me in..and is it different with FM people??
    Thanks
    Carlacat
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I was completely put out for mine and felt nothing except a little nausea after. Now, when I have anesthesia, they put a little something in the cocktail for nausea and I don't have it.

    This is such an important test. Good for you for doing it.

    They found five polyps and removed them. Three were precancerous. I go again next year and believe me, I'm going to do it. I had no problems afterward.

    Love, Mikie
  3. SomewhereInIdaho

    SomewhereInIdaho New Member

    Hi.
    I had a colonoscopy done a little over a year ago and I was very nervous about the proceedure.....it turned out to be one of the easiet tests I have ever had done!! I have to have another one in 2 years and I have no worries about it whatsoever!
    I don't think my fibro played any kind of a role in the test...I was way tired after the meds but that was all.
    I wish you the best of luck.
    Take care,
    Jodi
  4. dorothyanne

    dorothyanne New Member

    I just had mine done this past Monday (first time), and I wouldn't hesitate repeating the procedure. I was a basket case about it -- all for nought. The worst part was the prep the day before. I get headachy and light headed if I don't have food. I also slept very little the night before, with all the many trips to the bathroom.

    After the procedure, during which I slept, I was alert and felt fine quite quickly. The most painful part for me was laying on my back in recovery room. I have a bum back and I do NOT lay on it.

    Do NOT worry about the colonoscopy -- I promise you'll do well.

    Love and laughter, Dorothyanne
  5. judywhit

    judywhit New Member

    as one poster said you will be up all night going to the bathroom. With that in mind I started the prep in the afternoon. I think directions said 5pm. I started at 1pm. My doc said this would be fine. I slept all night and this helped with the anxiety. It is a painless procedure.
  6. KayL

    KayL New Member

    It's no big deal. The worst part about it is the prep. I had one several years ago, and I was given demerol and versed, so I don't remember any of it, thank goodness! :)

    Karen
  7. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    The only thing for me was, I couldn't have the "cocktail" of valium & demerol, because I have a paradoxical rx to valium, so I did it with demerol alone---still was fine, and goes quicker than you'd think----they tell you 15-20 minutes, but you'd swear (in the drugged state they put you in) it's only about 5! The nicest part is instant results; so often we wait days or weeks for test results, but they can tell you the state of your colon right then.

    My Dad has colon cancer, so I'm a big believer in colonoscopies. Good luck----you'll be fine!

    Hugs,
    Pam
  8. Jen F

    Jen F New Member

    but I only had the short scope to look at the lower part of the large intesting, not all the way up.

    For the type I had you are just sedated, not fully knocked out on an operating table or anything.

    No pain, until the reached the spot that was giving me problems and then it was intense pain and the procedure was stopped immediately and I was told that the diagnosis of IBS was confirmed.

    I had trouble with the first enema or drink or whatever, was so bad and made me feel so sick. The 2nd one was to be administered shortly before leaving for the office. I really worried about being so sick again and maybe having the trots on the drive, but 2nd enema was much less traumatic, hardly any nausea.
  9. Achy-shaky

    Achy-shaky New Member

    One thing I loved about it was how good I felt for about a week afterward...must have gotten a lot of toxins out.

    The worst part was the liquid diet and stuff you drink to clean you out the day before - my hemoriods flared up from all that running to the bathroom! So if that's a problem with you be sure to have some Preparation-H on hand.

    The procedure went fine...be sure to tell them you have FM since we tend to feel pain more...my Dr. assured me if I felt any pain to say so and he would give me more Demerol which he did have to do for me. He didn't find any polups but told me I had a condition called diverticulosis which is nothing to worry about as long as I get enough fiber or use stool softener when constipated.

    Afterward my blood pressure dropped pretty low so they kept me a little longer than usual until it was normal. Other than that I had no problems and do intend on repeating every year since my Mom had colon cancer at 60 which I am fast approaching.

    Good for you for doing this...it's very important.
    Let us know how it goes.
    Blessings,
    Shaky
  10. CreateHope

    CreateHope New Member

    I have had two colonoscopies and I know they gave me drugs to knock me out but I was very much awake and in a ton of pain throughout BOTH of mine. The first one I had when I was 18, and everything was fine. Same with the second one I had in my 20's. I'm 32 now and hope I never ever have to go through it again. My second doctor that did it was a specialist and assured me that I would sleep right through it. I sure as hell didn't! I screamed the whole time and the nurse had to hold me down. She kept asking the doctor to give me more drugs but he said my blood pressure would drop too low if he did. I hadn't been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at either time, so if that had a play in it, I don't know. After the second one I was diagnosed with IBS, so maybe that was one reason why it hurt so much? I'm glad to see that others have had pain free procedures and I sure hope yours will be too. I only know one other person than me who was in as much pain as me. Good luck.
    Kate
    [This Message was Edited on 06/19/2003]
  11. Mumu

    Mumu New Member

    I had one a couple of weeks ago. I had had one many years ago and didn't feel much at all, but this time it seemed like I was awake through the whole thing, only I couldn't open my eyes or speak. I didn't have severe pain, but I could feel the thing moving around in my belly. I have a memory of trying to sit up to watch the screen, but I don't konw if I really did it or if I was dreaming. I have felt better since the procedure, and I wonder, like Achy-Shaky, if it was because of getting rid of toxins. I know that migraines can be caused by toxins in the colon, so this makes sense.
  12. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    I had one about a year ago, without any anesthesia because of a reaction I had to it back in the early 90,s and I couldn't even tell he was doing anything. (I was given anesthesia just before a partial hyst, and they screwed up, my body was paralyzed, I could not breath, but I was completely alert and aware. I thought I was going to die!) The doc said most people have small intestines with all those hooks and crooks in them and they're hard to get around in, but he said mine were nice and big. Is that a compliment? In any case, I felt no pain and no stress because the doc was such a sweetheart about the whole thing. The worst part was the prep, but that's painless, so another piece of cake! They thought I had diverticulitis, but everything was fine. Turns out all my abdomen pain was caused by the herniated discs. It's really odd how back pain can affect other parts of the body.

    Marilyn :)
  13. babyblues68

    babyblues68 New Member

    I went in for scopes at both ends at once. Of course I was terrified. I think 1st time around everyone is...not a pleasant thought.

    They gave me drugs til I stopped talking to them non stop. I had taken my Lortab before I went in and I tend to be very talkative on it. My meds I take were ok'd by my doctor to take as usual the morning of the procedure with very little water.

    They did the scope down my throat first...I woke up a little to hear "AHHHH there is her problem"....that got my attention. Shortly after that comment they removed the scope. As the doctor said to the nurse help me roll her over to do the other end....I looked up at him and said, "Oh goodie since I'm awake now I get to watch the next procedure on the monitor." He laughed and looked at the nurse saying give her another dose. LIGHTS OUT FOR ME COMPLETELY.

    Like one of the other posters here I had the short scope to look at the lower part of the large intesting, not all the way up. But it was so bad when they got in there they did the full scope. There wasn't discomfort as they were putting air into me...I was knocked out. When they got me full of air...I woke up again...they popped me again with some pain meds and it was over. Went to recovery...I said can I get dressed and leave now? The nurse laugh and said why don't you rest...I was wide awake....she left the room...I thought gosh I'm ready to leave...next thing I know she's waking me up. Funny what drugs do to you. They won't let you leave til you have passed gas...and excuse me if anyone gets offended, but passing all that gas was the best relief in the world...Kinda like when you have to urinate SOOOOO bad...that wonderful relief. Anyway I always want to know all of any procedure done on me. So ther it is.

    I was diagnosed with severe IBS (DUH..I could have told them that one), GERD and a hiatel hernia.

    My husband had a full colonscopy and three nurses had to hold him down along with the doctor. It was a very bad experience for him.

    My best friend had one last month. She said while it wasn't the worst pain she's ever had it was still was very painful. She said she was awake for the whole thing. The drugs never knocked her out. She is a very large person..we were wondering if that had something to do with it. You know...weighing more we though maybe she needed stronger pain meds to knock her out.

    They both said they'd go back to my doctor next time....he was so gentle....the best doctor I have ever been to.

    Make sure you talk to your doctor...ask him what does he dose if you wake up in the middle of it all. Ask him about every concern you have so it may calm any of your fears.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your results. I got mine before I even left the office. The only thing I had to wait on were the result on the polyps they removed...they were clear.


    Tammy