Patient Comments: Colonoscopy - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with a Colonoscopy.

Comment from: SeaTac777, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I am a 38 year old female who just had my first colonoscopy. I woke up twice. The first time I was on my back and my legs were being held back. I remember screaming and begging them to stop. I was totally disoriented because the last thing I remember was turning on my left side. The pain was excruciating. The second time I was on my side and was repeatedly told that it would be over soon. I just remember crying for what seemed like an eternity. Fortunately, nothing was discovered during the procedure despite the two positive fecal blood tests, so I was incredibly relieved just to be done with it. I was told the procedure would be a snap and the preparation was the worst part. I thought I would be put out for the entire procedure.

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Comment from: Sellson, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I had my second colonoscopy today. The first was 9 years ago by the same doctor. The first time, I woke up because we used too little Versed. This time I studied and asked the doctor to increase the dosage. I actually wanted propofol but this doctor uses Versed and Demerol. The preparation this time was great. The first time I cramped during the middle of the night. This time I also started the prep 24 hours early. We used Dulcolax and Miralax. I got very dehydrated and when they tried to find a vein it was difficult; I had two sticks. I was partially awake the whole procedure. I wish he had started the Demerol sooner to relax me. Overall, I was very happy with the doctor, nursing staff and registration process. Having my nurse wife with me was a huge help as were the wishes from friends. Really quite easy and a positive experience!

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Comment from: Donna did it, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I had my first colonoscopy when I was 42, because of family history. They did not put me to sleep back then, no problems at all, just lots of gas in recovery room, so much that I had other people behind their curtains laughing at me. Now I hear they put you to sleep which does frighten me. But we have to do what we have to do. I am now 51 my father died of colon cancer in 2011, so this is nothing to play with. Get your screening.

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Comment from: J. Thom, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 14

The first bowel preparation for colonoscopy I ever did was when I was in the Air Force. They gave me castor oil. That made the GoLytely a walk in the park. I began at 1 PM the day before the procedure. I had the 4 liter jug and drank 8 ounces every 10 minutes. It took about an hour before it began working. You should head for the bathroom at the first indication because things start happening pretty quickly. I had no cramps at all. The nurse who briefed me had me do a warm water enema at bed time and at least 2 times the next morning or until the discharge was clear. My bowel was clean and I slept through the procedure. It was not unpleasant at all. I have had several at 5 year intervals and plan to continue having this necessary procedure. Colonoscopies save lives!

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Comment from: Dutchess, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I had a colonoscopy. About 5 days or so later I felt cramping and dull ache in my back, then it wrapped around my groin. I had sciatic, and femoral nerve pain. I had the procedure done in January of this year and still have pain, especially the femoral nerve. It feels like a charcoal lighter lit to my nerve. The pain is constant.

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Comment from: dino mango, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 11

I had a colonoscopy yesterday and the worst part was I developed a bad rash probably due to the preparation. My skin is very irritated to the point where I dread wiping myself after a bowel movement as it is very painful, and I have minor bleeding. My suggestion is to prepare the anal area before the prep by using Desitin or Vaseline to coat the area before doing the prep. The procedure itself went fast and I didn't feel a thing. Most painful part was the prep.

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Comment from: Goldie1950, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

Please do not worry if you have to have a colonoscopy. I had one done yesterday. The preparation for the procedure involved a low residue diet for 2 days prior to bowel preparation. For the prep you drink a liter of salty/lemony solution twice over 24 hours. This totally empties your bowel. It also means no food and clear fluid only to drink for about 30 hours, not as bad as it sounds! The procedure involves lying on left side and the insertion of a long thin tube rectally. I underwent all of this without any pain relief and it was quite bearable. The doctor did give me an injection of Buscopan 10 mg which is a smooth muscle relaxant, to relax bowel muscles to ease procedure. I was on my way home 1/2 hour later. Please do not be afraid of having this procedure done. It's worth it, believe me.

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