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RedAurora
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   Posted 9/2/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
So I have a barage of tests coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. I'm starting to freak out. I've had some of them done. But I haven't done the MRI one. What bothers me about it is that they stick a tube up your nose and down into your belly and pump air through your stomach and intestines. Doesn't sound to comfy. I'm really worried about the colonoscopy. I start the Fleet colon prep tommorow. I had a colonoscopy in Feb of this year, the doctor perforated my colon and I woke up during the procedure screaming in pain. The ***** of a doc said well lets go a a little further to see if it still hurts and at this point I had grabbed the nurse by her scrubs and ripped the camera out of her hand and tried to pull it out, at this point the surgeon called in the GI guy who yelled at her for first of all perforating the colon and not realizing it and then they brought in an anestesiolosist (sp?) and put me under general. This was a military surgeon. Luckily my the scope on Tuesday is by my Crohns specialist down in Cambridge. Of course tricare wanted me to do it at their hospital but I refused and luckily got my way. but I'm still freaked out about it happening again. Not only is the colon scope the most embarrassing test to do, but I'm so anxious about it I cant stop having anxiety attacks.

25 yr old female. Diagnosed with Crohn's on Feb 14th 2007 confined to the terminal ilieum, Asacol, Levsin, Nexium 40mg, Percocet, darvocet, phenergren.


yogaprof
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   Posted 9/2/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
my gosh, that is a lot of tests all at once. I hope your scope goes smoother. take care and let us know what happens!
48 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. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil, and imipramine...living with pain, but doing ok.


gachrons
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   Posted 9/3/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Red can understand why you are so nervous what did they do when theyperforated you did you need surgery to repair it? Sure hoping things go better for you this time.How have things been going for you lately? I don't worry about embarrassing anymore when it comes to scopes figure they have seen lots of it by now. Hoping the best for you and let us know how things are going. lol gail

Nanners
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   Posted 9/3/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Red my one suggestion is that you explain to the nurses and doctor doing your tests about your previous experience and your severe anxiety about having this test again. I had a bad scope myself and was freaked out for the next one I was due to have. I explained my fears and that time they made sure I was adequately sedated and they also used pediatric equipment and I made it thru that test just fine. Good luck to you and I hope these tests provide the answers you are looking for. God Bless.
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.


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 9/3/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Holy schmoley!!! What's been going on w/you that they are putting you thru such a thorough interior look-see?

By all means, you should contact your doctor ASAP, despite it being the holiday, and explain how terrified you are after your previous experience. It is ridiculous to torture yourself w/these fears when you can be scripted something to get you thru the next few days and to override the justified anxiety about the colonoscopy.

The two ultrasounds are a piece of cake as you may well know if you've had them before. Of course, all that water to hold while they slide that transducer over your full bladder is "interesting" but at least not painful. And, ahhhhh, the relief when they let you go release all that water!!!!!!

I'm sure your gastro will be extra special gentle doing the colonoscopy given your previous experience and also will see to it that you get GOOD sedation or even anesthesia. Propofol (diprivan) is a marvelous short acting anesthetic that the GREAT if they opt to use that. You will love it. You know nothing during the scope but are awake and clear headed almost as soon as they are done instead of groggy, sleepy and confused as w/sedation.

It would be really great if they could do the MRI SBFT the same day right after your colonoscopy to help w/swallowing the tube. And some times they do sedate lightly when inserting the NG tube.

(((hugs))). Hopefully, the prep for the scope will be the worst part of all these tests as it should be and the tests themselves are a breeze for you.
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.


gemini kiwi
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   Posted 9/3/2007 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm actually a little confused by what you said. I guess you mean the Nurse was holding some part of the Colonoscopy equipment cause the camera would have been up your rectum and the Doctor should have been the only one qualified to be at the other end working the controls. I'm asuming you mean she was holding some of the tubing.

If the Colon was perforated you would have required emergency surgery to rectify the problem as the contents of your bowel would have leaked out into you abdominal cavity causing Peritonitis. How awful.
Good luck with all the tests.
GK
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