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king1234
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
How big is the scope and about how long does it last?
 
Think (as of now) I have decided to do it without sedation.
 
Wish me luck on my results! I am most worried that they will find something very serious
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33 yr old female
 
GERD dx March 2007
Migraines with Aura
Currently no diagnosis for:  migratory joint/bone pain, feet buzzing, fatigue and dizzy spells, bumps and indents on nails.
Also constant left sided pain ( 2 inches left of belly button) GI thinks possible Colitis, getting colonoscopy on 8-8
 


Nanners
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I always ask for the Pediatric scopes they are smaller. Can't tell you a exact size cuz I didn't see it.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


ZenaWP
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
My doc said 10-15 minutes, but I am always sedated, so I don't know if that includes them knocking me out or not.  =)

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


ImAud
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
the pediatric scope is as big as your pinky finger...i had my first scope yesterday and they used the peds one on me and i got a good look at it (and my doctor told me how big it was)!....i was knocked out for the procedure...which scared me at first...but i wouldn't have done it any other way!

ZenaWP
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, you all were probably talking about colonoscopy...I was thinking endoscopy when I said the length of time.  I have those a lot more often than the colonoscopies, thank God.  =) 

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yogaprof
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   Posted 8/7/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
you have inspired me to fight more with my GI to have a scope awake. there is nothing that could make me have ansthetic again...a half hour of discomfort is much better than a day of misery. please report tomorrow and best of luck to you.
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


RK
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   Posted 8/7/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
The scope itself isn't big at all. Didn't even feel it going in. What I did feel was the gas that had to be pumped in. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes but it depends on how quick your GI is and what he can see. Good luck to you and let us know how it goes! 



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MikeB
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   Posted 8/7/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Adult scope is about as big around as your thumb. And if you go without sedation and feel some discomfort, take deep breaths and that will help. It won't last long, and really the insertion part is the only time you are likely to feel much at all. Once the scope tip is in the cecum, it's all downhill from there -- withdrawal is easy. Good luck and let us know!

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/7/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Like I said before I am someone who bleeds badly from my scopes so mine are super painful. I wish you luck in your colonscopy. If you do want to rethink the decision MAP sedation will allow you to work for the rest of the day, you pop right back up out of it as soon as they finish pushing it in your IV.
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king1234
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   Posted 8/7/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Brillant idea-peds scope! They used a peds scope on my endoscopy! I am going to email my GI about this now!!
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33 yr old female
 
GERD dx March 2007
Migraines with Aura
Currently no diagnosis for:  migratory joint/bone pain, feet buzzing, fatigue and dizzy spells, bumps and indents on nails.
Also constant left sided pain ( 2 inches left of belly button) GI thinks possible Colitis, getting colonoscopy on 8-8
 

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