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    Colonoscopy experience

    I was scrolling through all of these posts this week trying to ease my mind about the colonoscopy that I had today. Thought others might benefit from my experience. I had the colonoscopy because I'd had blood on the TP a while back. Since I'm 50 (I am an american living in ireland - in the US screening starts at 50) and have a family history of ulcerative colitis my GP referred me for the test.

    I was anxious to the point of tears about all of it - the prep, the sedation, the procedure, the results. And each one proved to be just fine.

    PREP - I was prescribed Moviprep. The taste isn't bad, just really sweet. And the bowel movements that followed weren't that bad. I followed a low fiber diet five days before and didn't eat at all yesterday and I think that really helped. The prep is the worst part, and it wasn't that bad.

    SEDATION/PROCEDURE - I was so scared of this procedure. I hate the lack of control that comes with sedation. I got sedation that I was told would make me sleepy. And I guess it did make me a bit loopy but I didn't fall asleep and I remember the entire procedure, even talked to the doctor and nurse the whole time. IT WAS FINE! I didn't feel a thing. The procedure only took about 15 minutes because my bowel was very clean and apparently, I have a very straight colon rather than a curvy one which makes things go faster. I was actually in shock about how quick and easy it was.

    RESULTS - all my results came back clear. No polyps, no sign of colitis, no biopsies. He said the bleeding was most likely due to straining from the constipation. He suggests I have another colonoscopy in five years since I do have the family history of UC.

    Hope this might help someone feel better if they are facing the same sort of thing and their HA is kicking into overdrive.
    Last edited by euromerp; 15-01-20 at 21:52.

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    Re: Colonoscopy experience

    Quote Originally Posted by euromerp View Post
    I was scrolling through all of these posts this week trying to ease my mind about the colonoscopy that I had today. Thought others might benefit from my experience. I had the colonoscopy because I'd had blood on the TP a while back. Since I'm 50 (I am an american living in ireland - in the US screening starts at 50) and have a family history of ulcerative colitis my GP referred me for the test.

    I was anxious to the point of tears about all of it - the prep, the sedation, the procedure, the results. And each one proved to be just fine.

    PREP - I was prescribed Moviprep. The taste isn't bad, just really sweet. And the bowel movements that followed weren't that bad. I followed a low fiber diet five days before and didn't eat at all yesterday and I think that really helped. The prep is the worst part, and it wasn't that bad.

    SEDATION/PROCEDURE - I was so scared of this procedure. I hate the lack of control that comes with sedation. I got sedation that I was told would make me sleepy. And I guess it did make me a bit loopy but I didn't fall asleep and I remember the entire procedure, even talked to the doctor and nurse the whole time. IT WAS FINE! I didn't feel a thing. The procedure only took about 15 minutes because my bowel was very clean and apparently, I have a very straight colon rather than a curvy one which makes things go faster. I was actually in shock about how quick and easy it was.

    RESUTLS - all my results came back clear. No polyps, no sign of colitis, no biopsies. He said the bleeding was most likely due to straining from the constipation. He suggests I have another colonoscopy in five years since I do have the family history of UC.

    Hope this might help someone feel better if they are facing the same sort of thing and their HA is kicking into overdrive.
    Great results and excellent advice from your specialist.

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