Patient Comments: Colonoscopy - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with a Colonoscopy.

Comment from: Bobby, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

I had my colonoscopy last week. The preparation and procedure were not bad. I was able to swallow the mixture with no problem whatsoever. It tasted like watered down Gatorade and I didn't have to mix it with anything. The procedure itself went fairly quickly, five small polyps removed and all benign. I don't remember anything from the time the IV started and waking up in recovery. I was also diagnosed with diverticulitis which can be treated. For those who are afraid of getting a colonoscopy, please don't be. I cannot emphasize enough to get a colonoscopy. It can be a lifesaver.

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Comment from: celest, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I had a colonoscopy over a year back and I was in excruciating pain to the point where they had to stop. I am finding blood at the end of a bowel movement, it is getting heavier as each passing month, but I will not have another colonoscopy as it is too much pain. Surely they can sedate more for us who find it very painful to the point they have to stop!

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Comment from: Just do it!, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

I just had my first colonoscopy 8 hours ago. For the procedure itself, they gave me propofol. I was out like a light, and woke up in the recovery room. Didn't remember or feel a thing. Thirty minutes later, I was on my way home. My results were 'negative', and no polyps found. Doctor said 'We'll see you in 10 years'. My advice is, relax, just do it. It's such a simple procedure to determine if you have or are a candidate for colon cancer. After the procedure, I had a bit of gas, and a slight bloated feeling for a few hours... really nothing though. As for the prep, I drank a gallon of Gatorade mixed with Miralax, which seemed to do the trick. Pay no attention to the posters below who 'think twice before having this done'. Just do it!

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Comment from: mesti, Male (Patient) Published: July 16

I had my second colonoscopy 5/2/14, no problems. I had a pleasant nap, woke up and went home. The next day I woke up with a severe pain across my lower back. I thought it was gas so I didn't do anything about it. After a few days it settled in my right side. After approximately 3 weeks it started to move around in my stomach, back and chest areas. I finally saw my doctor. He ordered an ultrasound which showed nothing, an x-ray which showed a slipped disc, which doesn't' explain the kind of pain I'm having. I will never have another colonoscopy!

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Comment from: linnyjo511, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had a colonoscopy done July 1st, was in the recovery room with severe left side pain but was ignored by nurses about the pain. Doctor stated he thought I was overly anxious, finally they called for ambulance that never showed up until I was already in my sister's van headed across the highway to the emergency room (ER). I can't remember that kind of pain before. I was bleeding out. I had emergency surgery where they say I had a liter of blood and they had to remove my spleen, was in ICU for several days because I also went into respiratory arrest twice during recovery. I was given 4 liters of blood and eventually 2 more. Doctor stated that my spleen had been perforated. The gastroenterologist stated that my spleen attached itself to my colon for some reason, which all seems like a badly written script.

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Comment from: l johnny, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

My colonoscopy was fifteen minutes of torture. It hurt like someone was ripping my intestines out. I will never go through that again. Besides the pain, it was degrading having people talking saying calm down, that doesn't hurt, be still. Ever since I had it I have been depressed and withdrawn from family and feel borderline suicidal. I have had many surgeries, broke neck. Knee, arm, and more but nothing was like this. I do not know what to do about it. I will never have another and do not know my results and do not care. I wish I could speak to my wife or something. I would rather die than go through this again and hope this has not cost me my family or life already. At 45 it was the biggest mistake of my life.

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Comment from: IreneJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

When I turned 50 I had my first colonoscopy procedure and then had one every year after that due to a long history of UC (ulcerative colitis). Versed and Demerol were the drugs used for the procedure until I developed an allergy to Demerol. Since my colon is very badly twisted and scarred and fentanyl, is just not strong enough, I now am given propofol and probably fentanyl, and the experience is painless. At least I don't remember it. Now I am on the every 2 years schedule. I firmly believe that the choice of doctor really plays actively in your experience.

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