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gbp31
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posted 02-23-1999 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gbp31   Click Here to Email gbp31     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had symptons of IBS for some time now but really never been officiallly been told what my problem is. My doctor is pushing me to have a Colonscopy done to figure out what is going on. I am scared to death to do it. Anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

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posted 02-23-1999 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My experience was really not that bad at all. The worst part was the prep; drinking this "delicious" liquid that makes you sit on the commode most of the day while it cleans you out. The test: I felt like I was in the room for about 5 minutes when really it was more like 20 minutes, so time sort of "flew" by, (must have been those great drugs?). I was really scared too before I had mine done. Wish I had the access to this board beforehand. Really...it will be ok. Good luck to you and feel well!!! LA

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posted 02-23-1999 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scotty57   Click Here to Email Scotty57     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Ive had 5 of them and the worst part is getting ready for it. The Liquid tastes bad and you poop forever, actually only for about 2 hours. I get Demoral IV while having them and I've never felt anything.They say I'm awake and they tell me turn this way and that way. Iguess i say make sure they give you enough Demoral. Good Luck I'll be waiting to hear from you.

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posted 02-23-1999 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had one colonoscopy and one barium enema xray. I think that prep part would be easier if you start on the clear fluid diet a couple of days ahead at least, instead of the one day they recommend. That way there is less to blast out with the stuff that you drink the night before. As for the colonoscopy just let them know what your pain tolerance level is so they can make sure to give you enough pain meds. I would say have it done so you can be sure the problem isn't from something even more serious than IBS.

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posted 02-23-1999 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LizM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The colonoscopy itself was fine - but you must have gathered by now the stuff to clear u out is not very pleasant tasting - as above - try a very light diet for a few days - less to go!

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posted 02-23-1999 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DALE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Go for it - the actual procedure is nothing to worry about at all - it's been said before about the copious amount of liquid to be drunk beforehand, my problem was more the quantity rather than the taste. I don't think the procedure gives a diagnosis of IBS - more likely eliminates nasties.

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posted 02-24-1999 01:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had a barium enema and the prep is the same. Scotty 57 you only pooped for 2 hours? I was on a liquid diet for 3 days beforehand and I still pooped for 12hours.
I agree with everyone that it is definately a good idea to get it done. My only thought is that if you are going to go through all the trouble of a colonoscopy, then you should make sure that your doctor is going to take biopsies. The reason that I say that is because they could go in there and see nothing but it doesn't mean that there IS nothing. If biopsies are taken then they can test for other diseases.
They may end up not needing to take biopsies but they have to be prepared to when they go in because it is a procedure that requires a certain prep. In other words they need all of the stuff handy to do them. Good Luck

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posted 02-24-1999 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gbp31   Click Here to Email gbp31     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow - thank you for all of your responses. I cannot believe how fast people posted to my question. It's nice to know I can stop by here and talk. Suddenly I don't feel so isolated. Thanks a bunch!

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posted 02-24-1999 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for enoch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Go for it - I have had four and they are not that bad - the worry before hand is the worst part of the whole procedure!!

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posted 02-25-1999 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for digestwoes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had one a couple of months ago. I didn't have to drink that stuff...my Dr. had me take about two tblsp. of castor oil followed by two ducolax a few hours later. It did the trick of cleaning me out. That castor oil was pretty nasty going down....two months later I can still taste it. I agree that if you're anxious about the procedure, you should ask your doc to make sure you have enough demoral. For some folks, this procedure is a walk-in-the-park;for others, as in my case, it can be quite painful. The pain awoke me from the demoral and I was begging him to stop. Then he said, "give her more," and that was the last I remember. Demoral's our friend! Good luck! You'll feel better afterwards knowing that you've been thoroughly examined.

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posted 02-26-1999 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc_Tanya   Click Here to Email Marc_Tanya     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had a couple and the bottom line is they put your mind at ease!

All I remember is saying to the health professionals, who in their right mind would want to look up people's anal passages for a living?!!! Not moi! But thank goodness they do!

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posted 02-26-1999 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tricia   Click Here to Email Tricia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't be afraid. My experience was that they gave me some sort of drug that induces amnesia after the test. Boy, were they right. Apparently, I asked lots of questions during the procedure and even tried to jump off the table during it -- claiming that I was through with the test. I have no recollection of the procedure. What I do recall vividly was the yukky stuff they make you drink prior to the test. Once you get past the "cocktail", it's all downhill. Good luck to you.

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posted 02-26-1999 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fruvous   Click Here to Email fruvous     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine was no problem...the prep is the worst, as people have stated. I remember being on the table, and asking when it would start and they told me it was over! I asked how it went and they told me it would have been better if I had stopped talking the whole time! I'm scared to know what kind of things I said (knowing my nature, I was probably cracking sarcastic jokes about tubes in my bottom!).

So long as they give you the good stuff, don't worry about it!

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It's kind of cool watching the little light traveling around inside your abdomen. I was drugged but stayed awake through it. As everyone else has said, the worst part is the stuff you have to drink beforehand. Sugarless gum or hard candy helps.

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posted 02-26-1999 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for treti   Click Here to Email treti     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with everyone, the prep is the worst. Every time that I had to go to the bathroom even my 4 y/o would say AGAIN????? I do not remember anything about the procedure. What I remember is waking up extremely relaxed, and sleeping very well during the day and night. I really enjoyed that last part.

Not even my pride was hurt. I was asleep so I didn't care.

Good Luck

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posted 03-01-1999 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rusty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to tell everyone how much I enjoyed reading about all the different submissions in this forum. I am scheduled to have a Colonscopy in nine days. I feel a lot better about the procedure, after reading all the imputs from you guys & gals. I have had many of the symptoms, that have been discussed and was very worried about what might be wrong with me, but am actually relieved, because many of the symptoms were exactly what have been addressed. I had began to think I had cancer, however my symptoms seem to make me now think is IBS. Thanks for all the imputs. This is my first time to try and submit a comment, so I am not sure if it will work.

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