I've had three colonoscopies within the past year and a half. They are not painful, and I have never had any pain afterwards. Like everyone else has said, the prep work isn't fun, but it is probably something similar to what you've been experiencing with IBS anyway. If they give you the choice, take the pills rather than drinking the barrel of stuff. My first two were the liquid, and after about half the barrel I was wanting to throw up. I did the pills this past time and they were much better. Good luck with your test - don't sweat it!
Just curious. Why did you have the colon resection? IBD? Is life better?
Beaniebunny...Don't worry about a thing...the Doctor with the black hose will be very gentle. I got to watch the whole thing on a television screen. I didn't have the complete, knock-out version...only up to the first bend.
It's true that a barium enema is eleventeen times worse!!!
I found that the prep-work wasn't as bad as the daily symptoms.
Worst of all is the part where they tell you it's not life-threatening, but it's not curable, either. Keep a change of clothing in your car at all times. Keep Imodium in your pocket. Buy stock in Kimberly-Clark. I can't believe there are almost 20,000 members of this site.
Hope that together we can all find solutions.