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    Re: First Time Colonoscopy

    Thanks, nippy!

    ---------- Post added at 08:21 ---------- Previous post was at 08:15 ----------

    You know, Fishmanpa, the prep wasn't as bad as I expected. I wasn't hungry or nauseated. I wasn't dashing to the washroom in fear of an accident. It all seemed calm and controlled compared to my expectations.

    My only advice to others, about the prep specifically, is don't be afraid of trading regular toilet paper for wet wipes. And if your instructions say to use zinc cream or something like it to control chafing, use it! I waited too long and ended up with pain as a result.

    ...Now, on to the main event... It's true what they say, that there's nothing to fear but fear itself. I woke up this morning anxious about the procedure and about what they might find. But I was twice as anxious about having to put up with my own fear. Silly, right?

    ---------- Post added at 09:48 ---------- Previous post was at 08:21 ----------

    Off I go... Thanks to all of you for your encouragement!
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    Re: First Time Colonoscopy

    Oy! ...So I had a gastroscopy as well as a colonoscopy. The clinic I went to seemed quite rushed, and my doctor did too. While the entire procedure passed without incident, the rushed nature of it felt like it was a bit rougher than necessary. So at the moment I feel bit bruised inside, like the doctor forgot one of his tubes in my esophagus.

    The colonoscopy wasn't as bad, but I did end up asking for sedation after a while. Again, I felt like the doctor was overly rough because of his tight schedule.

    Overall, I don't have any misgivings about going through the experience again, but I'd definitely recommend researching your doctor and the clinic beforehand!

    Meanwhile, I was surprised to hear they found a polyp. They consider it small (5mm) and benign. But because of the polyp, they want me back in 3 years for a follow-up colonoscopy, which I'm quite happy to do.
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    Re: First Time Colonoscopy

    Glad it went ok Bulan

    Polyps are very common. Mine were 0.1, 0.5 and 1cm in size
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    Re: First Time Colonoscopy

    Thanks, Nicola.
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    Re: First Time Colonoscopy

    I'm up for a follow-up colonoscopy next week. Fun times! I'm glad to read the before and after from my first colonoscopy, because the details had faded and I've been feeling uncertain about going through this a second time.



    Has anyone else had a colonoscopy lately? How did it go?
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    Re: First Time Colonoscopy

    I had one in May - all went fine.
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