Patient Comments: Colonoscopy - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with a Colonoscopy.

Comment from: Vern, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I just came back from my colonoscopy. The staff were all helpful and very nice. I was obviously nervous after the mixture was so awful, that had to be drunk over the last couple days and thought the procedure could only be painful. I could not believe when it was over and how quickly. Not painful at all, the solution to prepare was worse.

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Comment from: Natural believer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had a screening colonoscopy on Tuesday morning. I used a new preparation called Suprep, which costs USD 120.00. It is 8 oz. that you mix with 16 oz., drink, and then drink 2 more 16 oz. cups of plain water within 2 hours. Sure did work! You do it again the next morning 4 hours before your appointment. I have 4 words for this entire prep; projectile anal liquid release. The test was done under propofol, so I have no memory and had no pain. Or if I did I don't remember! Unfortunately, I had 6 benign polyps taken, one of the pre-cancerous variety, and they installed 3 instinct endoscopic hemoclips. I was given a diet for a week consisting of very few foods that I can eat. I am a 5 ft. 7, 135 lb. non-insulin dependent diabetic with a less than 6 A1C. I work very carefully for this range and refuse to eat white and mushy food. I am close to a raw food vegetarian. I could not eat their pasta, potato and white flour suggestions. Overcooked canned beets were the best I could do! I also must refrain from any painkillers for 2 weeks except the (worthless) Tylenol. I have had lower back pain since the minute I came to. Now it's Sunday afternoon, and their Tylenol therapy is still not helping. Apparently, my colon is still 'asleep' as well. They have suggested that I take the chemical Miralax for that. My body always knew what to do before this, with no problem at all. Very regular without ever a problem. I was constipated once in 1976. I am sorry I had this procedure done. We all have to die of something anyways. Living like this is not any picnic either! Will I ever have bowel movement again! They seem to think this is just fine.

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Comment from: Annie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I have just had a colonoscopy, two days ago. The pain was excruciating. I don't know what kind of sedation they gave me, but whatever it was, it didn't work. He stopped eventually when the nurse asked me if I wanted it to stop and I said yes. He just said 'x-ray' and left. The whole thing left me tearful and demeaned. Now I am angry.

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Comment from: LN100, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I have had several colonoscopies due to my ulcerative colitis and the last 3 have all been very easy. Ask for the Gatorade/Miralax preparation as it was the best one I have tried. I did the preparation last night and was doing things around the house the whole time. I had my colonoscopy this morning with a fast-acting drug (like propofol) at about 8:45 and was out and on my way to get breakfast by 10:30. I had no pain or memory of the procedure and just some gas now. Otherwise, a very easy procedure; most doctors have more than one choice of preparation, so ask if you want something different. The first time, I had to drink magnesium citrate and it was awful, so I asked for a different one and the Miralax mixed with a sports drink was much better and the electrolytes in the Gatorade/Propel will help keep your energy up. Good luck!

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Comment from: Wasted Worries, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had my first colonoscopy a few weeks back and like everyone else I was nervous only to find that the worries were a waste of time. I chose not to be sedated and go with the pain medicines and it was pain free except for turning one corner and pumping air, when I felt a sharp cramping pain that only lasted a few seconds but very tolerable. As far as the preparation, well, I won't say it tasted ok as it didn't but in my own opinion it really wasn't all that bad. I used the chug-it-down method followed by sucking on a lemon and honestly it's not as bad as what some are saying. I hope this helps with any jitters for those of you facing your first colonoscopy. Nothing to get worked up about. Besides the peace of mind is well worth it.

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Comment from: spiriritfilledlife, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I am having getting ready to have my 2nd colonoscopy procedure. The first was good except for the preparation. I hear there will be something a little different this time, but I have to do it twice, which I regret. I can't get around the pre-prep. I did take in one pre-prep a friend has used where you just drink the little bottle and 5 glasses of water, but my doctor uses something that is 1 liter that I have to drink twice. The last time I did this, I found that using a straw really helped me get pass the taste. I could suck it down quickly also. So that's my suggestion to everyone. I will do another post after this procedure. A little nervous because when I called to make appointment I found out my regular doctor had died. I am using the doctor that was in the office with him and he has more practice than the past one. I did not get to meet him though because the practitioner met with me.

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