New member Aleah had colonoscopy and has questions

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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   

I had a colonoscopy yesterday which was very painful because they did not put me out.  I was completely coherent  throughout the whole thing.  They could not go completely around my colon because I was in so much pain.  They said it looked like I had scar tissue - probably from the endometriosis I had about 10 years ago.  I was then told that I would be going to another office to have a barium enema done.  Doctor did not explain very well what this procedure was because when I got up on the x-ray table and tried to start this procedure I was in tremendous pain.  They gave me the option to proceed with the test, or to stop.  After being sore from going to the bathroom a million times the day before during my prep, and then going through the colonoscopy completely awake, I decided that the pain was too much to deal with.  The doctor did say that what she could see of my colon looked fine, however, the only way she could tell me that everything was ok for sure would be to do this procedure.  Has anyone ever heard of having scar tissue in the colon?  What kind of problems could this cause?


*Aleah you tagged onto an old message, so I started a new post so you would get more answers.


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   Posted 7/29/2009 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Scar tissue could easily be from Crohn's. The inflamed areas often form scar tissue and that can narrow the colon, making it hard to get the C-scope past that spot. The danger from scar tissue is the possibility of blockage which will result in nausea, vomiting and possibly pain at the blocked area (it is a dangerous complication). My vague recollection of endometriosis is that it is connected to the uterus (or near there). How did that show up as scarring on a C-scope? I don't quite see how the scope could show scarring and still look "fine". It is also a bit rare for a c-scope to be done with you not properly sedated. I have not been awake for my c-scopes, so maybe you should ask about being knocked out for the procedure. It may be that the scar tissue was stretched by the scope and that caused pain - talk to your doctor about that and see if they can give you proper pain prep for the next time. You will need a scope and biopsy to get a proper diagnosis for Crohn's, so don't just try to forget about this. A barium enema would just show narrowing and pouching of the colon and is not a definitive diagnosis for Crohn's.
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