Patient Comments: Colonoscopy - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: pattonbella, Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I just had my first colonoscopy at age 56. I had been dreading it for years. But I got really sick and lost almost half of my weight from a digestive disorder and I knew that I had to get one. I went to a colon and rectal surgeon as I had more trust in someone who specializes in the colon. (I had already been to about 7 gastroenterologists). I was so sick and eating only about 600 to 700 calories a day and did not know how I would get through the prep. My doctor prescribed Prepopik which is relatively new to the market and is not supposed to be that bad. You only drink a total of 10 oz. of liquid that tastes like tang (an orange type drink that was available years ago). But I was still skeptical because of these powerful drugs that can have many unwanted side effects. I did some research and decided to go with magnesium citrate. It's is an oral solution that you can get from most drugstores, but I got mine at Walmart for 98 cents each (I got 4). I did a low residue diet for days prior to my prep. And my prep was 2 days, not one. I took 2 bottles the first day and 2 the second. I only drank water and an electrolyte drink because I cannot have sugar at this time. I was able to get through it really easy. It was a gentle cleanse and I did not have any bad side effects except for a sore butt. I was concerned that I was not cleaned out enough because I did have some fecal matter even up to the surgery time. I told the doctor and she said it would be fine. (And I was really clean for the procedure according to the surgeon.) This was the easiest prep possible. The test was easy, had a great set of nurses working with me. I woke up and had very mild gas. No polyps, but I had some biopsies done. I still have no solid answers to my digestive issues. But this test is not that bad, it is all about how you think about it. If you need one get it, just know that you have some power to make decisions for your health.

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Comment from: AgedMan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 18

The preparation was a breeze. MoviPrep was the solution. Loads of bad reports about this product but no problem consuming it for me and it seemed to do the job although the doctor said my bowel was not totally clear. Quite how I am supposed to know that I don't know. Anyway the procedure itself was done, they said, with sedative and pain killer but I think they only used one of them. At certain points I was in agony but just gritted my teeth. I don't know if it was the air or the corners or the removal of 2 polyps that caused it. When I went back to the room my wife said I was as white as a ghost and she was shocked. Day after and now I have pain in my tummy, again I don't know if this is gas or at the site of the polypectomy. Guess I will have to see what develops. Small amount of blood passed this morning in watery stool. My advice, ask for general anesthesia or strong sedative if you are having the procedure.

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Comment from: GREATFUL, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 05

I worried needlessly about colonoscopy. The worst part is the drink and constant use of the bathroom. The procedure was painless. I was lightly sedated and felt great when it was over. Yes, you will experience passing gas which is odorless so you don't have to feel offended. Actually the registered nurse will encourage you to do so. Don't put this off as I did due to fear. I strongly encourage you to schedule it today you'll be glad you did.

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Comment from: Sheila, C., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had my colonoscopy last Saturday. I was extremely scared and apprehensive beforehand, especially after reading the dreadful reviews. However, the whole experience was absolutely fine. The prior 3 days preparation weren't a problem and the sachets tasted lovely! I was given a hospital gown to wear along with paper 'modesty shorts' which had an opening at the back. During the whole procedure, I wore these two garments. Sedation was administered in the back of my hand and I was hardly aware of the probe inside me although I have a very low pain threshold. However, watching its progress on the TV screen was absolutely fascinating and the whole examination is over before you realize it! I would have another tomorrow without any qualms.

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Comment from: dimples2, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I craved salt. I would suck on a rabbit salt block. I had very extreme pain in my joints, swelling in my joints and vomiting that would not stop until I went to the hospital. I had severe pain all over my body, diarrhea that was so bad, and no appetite. I was very weak, light headed, and had fainting spells and low blood pressure. There was weight loss (was very small to start) and I was thirsty although water would even make me sick. There was general body weakness and fatigue beyond fatigue. The salt craving and the extreme pain were the clues that an emergency room doctor decided led him to do the 24 hour urine test for Addison's disease.

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