I've had two colonoscopies done, and both times I fell asleep right away, but ended up waking up crying in pain somewhere during it. The two times I've had colonoscopies, I've also been in the middle of a flare, so I don't think that helps the situation either.
Obviously the first experience was traumatic for your son, so just make sure they are aware that he woke up last time. Unfortunately for me, they couldn't tell how much medication I was given the first time, b/c it was done at another hospital, so the second time they didn't have anything to base it on. Either way, I was not given enough medication to keep me sedated and it really hurt, and I would prefer they put me out for hours on end then have to feel or be aware of any part of the procedure. I assume they base the medication dosage on weight, and perhaps they look at me and think I weigh less than I really do....whatever the situation is, next time I am going to make a big stink about it. I don't want to be awake during it, I'm sure watching is interested, but I'd rather not be in that pain.
Post Edited (subdued) : 6/23/2009 11:36:57 AM (GMT-6)
To his credit, my former GI was very much invested in explaining the procedure and explaining exactly what to expect. I went without sedation (versed) and with lighter and lighter pain relief and ultimately, for the last couple of scopes, I haven't used anything. It's definitely uncomfortable, but it's do-able and I can go about my day afterward.
Part of that is knowing what to expect and being able to react to it in a positive way. Sitting among doped up patients in recovery, I really do feel that being snowed to oblivion, especially with versed, provokes more anxiety than than it alleviates. When a person does not feel in control, that person will have a disproportionately negative reaction. Just my two cents.
Thorough explanation and understanding of the procedure is more effective than more drugs.
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