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   Posted 5/22/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
well my colonoscopy is scheduled for thurs. may 28. they couldnt get me into a GI doctor until Aug. so t hey just scheduled the test and i am absolutely scared. i read what to expect but that is no comfort. Is there pain afterwards? is there alot of pain if so? do they give you meds? how long will i be sore? will it hurt to have a bowel movement afterwards? i am just glad though that i will finally find out if i do have crohns or something else but i am terrified to. I know if i have it life goes on and i can still have a good life but the financial aspect scares me. my hubby is stressed enough and now i am adding more stress. part of me wants to tell him he is free if i have this so that he is not tied down to me but the sane half says i am gonna need him. Are my thoughts and feelings weird.

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   Posted 5/22/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had quite a few and rarely had pain afterwards. I usually go out to IHOP after the procedure for pancakes and eggs. I have not ever had any problems with bowel movements. I usually feel better for a few days after the colonoscopy, I guess the cleaning out helps. I was totally awake for one (my choice) and it wasn't bad at all.

The only time I had pain was when they found a tumor and had to tatoo it. This is very rare and my GI said most people don't feel the tatooing.

The worst part is the bowel cleanse the day before.

Would you leave your husband if he had Crohn's?

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   Posted 5/22/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
no absolutely not, i would be there for him and i know he is gonna be there for me and be supportive of me but i cant help to think this isnt fair to him, he didnt ask for this.

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   Posted 5/22/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, he did. "... for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health ...".

You are really working yourself into a tizzy over nothing. A colonoscopy just is no big deal.

Now the prep before hand .... oooh, YECK! diarrhea to the point of pure yellow "water", mebbe some nausea, a burnt bottom if you don't wash your bottom after each "trip" w/a warm wash cloth, or whatever ... NOT pleasant, but also nothing to get in a twit over. Worth a few mumbles, grumbles, etc.

You just tell your gastro and the staff that you are scared, that you don't want to feel or know anything, you want to be OUT OF IT. And they'll see to it that you are deeply sedatated. You will wake up when its over asking when they are going to start.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe I'm weird, but I've always enjoyed getting a colonoscopy; prep sucks, but I feel so much better afterwards. I just like the clean feeling, with nothing in my gut.  Plus sometimes when I wake up in the middle of it (pain free) my GI will talk with me and explain what all is going on as I watch the screen, I find it interesting.  I end up falling back alseep, wake up all loopy...grab something to eat, then sleep the rest of the day.

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Imuran 50mg, Vitamin B12 (injection), D, and C tablets. Fish Oil Tablets, Cats Claw, Slippery Elm, and Reishi.

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   Posted 5/23/2009 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had another colonoscopy on Wednesday with tattooing.....and Im totally fine!!
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, still kickin!!
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."

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   Posted 5/23/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
you might have a little gas cramping after, since they inflate the colon for better viewing, but should be able to pass it easily. As for pain, I never hadany after. Even ifthey take biopsies, there are no sensory nerve endings in the lining ofthe colon. The anticipation is almost always worse than the reality. Thousands of scopes are done every day. It's really a smooth, simple diagnostic procedure with an almost zero complication rate and virtually no after effects. As noted above, the traditional post-scope procedure for most folks is to go have a good meal.

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   Posted 5/24/2009 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I had no pain during or after the procedure (and the sedatives didn't even work for me... lol), all I had was cramps during the procedure that felt like menstrual cramps, but a bit stronger. I didn't have much of an appetite after, but I had pretty bad D for a few days.

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   Posted 5/24/2009 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
who cares what he wants..concentrate on getting better and don't worry about him. Don't be afraid to ask these kind of questions to your doctor. You seem really freaked out by most of your posts since you first started here. I know it's hard not knowing what you have, so don't be afraid of asking for someone professional to talk with to help you get through this.
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional random junk food breaks :)
No meds ever.

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   Posted 5/24/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
oh my husband will be supportive, although he has often accused me of being a hypochondriac, which im not. he just doesnt see me wanting to learn more about this disease just in case i have it. i am not assuming i have it nor do i want to but if it is a possibility that i do, i think i should learn as much about it as i want to. i think though he is just as worried as i am and is just not trying to show it, he is not the emotional type and i think he hates to feel emotions like fear or worry. i know he will support me i just dont want to burden him either.
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