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HorsesHorses

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Colonoscopy panic
« on: June 12, 2018, 03:48:43 PM »

Hello all
I'm booked in for a colonoscopy on Thursday and I just don't think I can go through with it. The reason I'm booked in for one is because in March I had three bouts of bloody diarrhoea (and also some blood in normal stools) and then a few smaller bouts of it in April. My gp tested my stool and bloods which came back all normal but she still referred me to a gastro specialist who decided a colonoscopy was the way to go.
To say I am petrified is an understatement but also, the diarrhoea and bleeding seems to have eased off now and I don't want to mess with laxatives and colonoscopies if I don't have to. I feel well now so I'm thinking to have such an invasive test is a bit unnecessary when maybe I had just aggravated my system perhaps and I've got over it and it's all settled again. I'm worried about the side effects and risks and also don't like the idea of the sedation complications. I think my health anxiety must be at an all time high right now. Really don't know what to do. I've never cancelled an appointment in my life. I always do what the experts advise but this one is making me so nervous and worried I'm really thinking of calling to cancel.
Anyone been in the same position lately? I almost want the bloody diarrhoea back again to convince me the test is needed.
HH   :-\ :-\ :'( :'(
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Dancinggirl

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018, 04:02:27 PM »

Itís not a pleasant procedure but itís better safe than sorry - so if I were you I would definitely have the colonoscopy. The sedation is absolutely fine and Iíd ask them to give you more so you sleep through everything. When I had it there were no problems at all. Itís a very standard test and many people have it done these days.
The worst part of having a colonoscopy is the laxatives you have to use the day before - but people actually pay to have colonic irrigation, so one could say itís a good Ďclean outí for free   ;D
The actual procedure is ok.
Im sure they will look after you ok but do tell them that you are frightened.
I have also had a endoscopy and thatís far more unpleasant so I told them I was frightened and they gave me a big dose of sedation and I just woke after it was over.
Youíll feel relieved after its done.
DG x
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Robin

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 04:09:51 PM »

Hi HorsesHorses,

I've had 2 colonoscopies and they're really not as bad as they sound I promise. I was petrified just like you. It was the thought of what might happen if I didn't do it that made me go ahead and it was nowhere near as bad as I feared. The sedative I was given was very low level. More something to help calm my nerves than send me to sleep. It really is worth having done as you can then either access any treatment you may need at an early stage but much more likely they will give you a clean bill of health and then you will know for sure that your bowel is healthy. Having it done was a huge relief for me in the end although I was absolutely terrified prior to the first one. I'd definitely do it again if necessary Now I know what it entails.

Try and think of it this way. If you cancel your worries about all this will continue. If you go ahead you will worry for a short time but then most likely have the relief knowing everything is ok as the vast majority of these procedures find a healthy bowel. In the very small chance they find something then you get early treatment.

More often than not they diagnose irritable bowel but better be safe than sorry

Good luck
Robin
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Ambergirl

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 05:51:46 PM »

Hi,

I had one of these and an endoscopy on the same day which I wasn't keen on but it was absolutely fine. I didn't even remember much of what happened tbh. The plus side was that because of taking the laxatives and not feeling like I wanted to eat much the next day or so I lost half a stone!
It is always better to have these procedures because otherwise with the health anxiety that meno brings it can reassure you that things are okay.
I hope you will go through with it and know that anticipation it usually always worse than the real thing!
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Tempest

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 06:48:51 PM »

I've had two of these too, and trust me - it'll be fine! They take good care of you and the sedation will work well so that it will be over before you even know it. xxxx
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Rosie63

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 06:59:44 PM »

Hi, I also had an endoscopy and colonoscopy at the same time with sedation and agree with the other ladies here that the thought of it is worse than the actual procedure.  With a good bit of sedation it will be over before you know it and Iím sure you will be glad you went through with it so that your mind will be put at rest.

Good luck !

Rosie x
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sparkle

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 05:49:21 AM »

Hi HH, here we both are again!  I'm off to gastroenterology today for a consultation as gp thinks I need a colonoscopy to check what's going after after a diverticulitis flare in April.  Last one I had was in 2012 when diverticulosis was found. 

As the others have said, ask for lots of sedation, as I will also be doing, and then enjoy the cup of tea when you wake up.  You and I both have HA that goes off the scale so I think it's best to have these things done so that we can tick them off the list.

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HorsesHorses

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 02:09:34 PM »

Hi all
Thank you, you're all so right and you've convinced me to go ahead and have it done. I got a bit worked up and panicky yesterday and after reading your replies today I feel much better about it.  :)

The fasting is going ok today so far but quick question, do you know if Baxters chicken broth is ok to eat as a clear soup? Ive got one ready (minus the lumps) but it doesn't look very "clear" to me but broth was on the list of foods ok to have. Now that I've accepted I need it done and and trying hard to fast, I dont want to go and mess it up by eating the wrong thing.

HH xx
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Robin

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 02:13:26 PM »

Brilliant im so pleased you're going to do it HH. Not long now and it will all be over.

Sorry I can't help with your question about the soup. I'm just not sure.

Well done and let us know how you get on

Robin
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Dancinggirl

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 02:19:56 PM »

HH - I think the broth will be OK. Hope all goes well.  Keep us posted.  DG x
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sparkle

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 09:34:40 PM »

Good luck HH, you'll be fine. 

I've got to have a sigmoidoscopy and apparently they don't give sedation for that.  I'd rather have a colonoscopy with sedation!! 😱
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HorsesHorses

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2018, 03:16:05 PM »

Well, that unfortunately was one of the worst experiences of my life! The sedation didn't work for some reason even after they doubled it and then they gave me gas and air which also did nothing except maybe force me to breathe deeply. It was so painful I was sobbing!

Verdict so far is Colitis and possibly Crohns, 2 polyps cut, clipped and sent off to lab and an additional 6 biopsies taken plus the need for an MRI as my small intestine looked abnormal. I also had slightly more bleeding than expected so had to wait on ward afterwards in case needed to go back in. I spent most of the day crying. I'm back home now with meds and need to rest and keep an eye on the bleeding. I've also been given a 6 week follow up appointment which I'm hoping my biopsy and MRI results will be ready for.

They'll have to drag in in there kicking and screaming if they want me to have another one. One of the nurses said afterwards that she's never seen anyone react like me and that she thinks the sedation just didn't gel with me and therefore did nothing but that there are other ones available for if I have to have it again.

So, all in all, the whole thing was vile, painful and really upsetting and the results aren't good however it was right that I had it done as they're getting closer to being able to treat me. Just gotta keep calm now while waiting for the biopsy results and MRI.

Thanks for encouraging me to go ahead though as otherwise I'd have been carrying on without knowing so much was wrong down there and needed attention.

HH  :'(
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Dancinggirl

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2018, 04:24:54 PM »

Hi HH - so sorry to hear the sedation didnít work. Itís good you had the procedure though as if you have colitis or Crohn's this can be controlled with treatment.
Take it easy. DG x
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sparkle

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 09:08:05 PM »

Oh HH, I'm so sorry you had such a dreadful time but good that things are being checked out thoroughly.   I didn't know they could see the small intestine on a colonoscopy.  I do hope you're feeling a bit more comfortable this evening.  Sending you a hug. Xx
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Woodlands

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Re: Colonoscopy panic
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2018, 05:52:32 AM »

Hi there.
I had one of these colonoscopy's without sedation and just used old fashioned gas n air....it wasn't so bad x
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