Been there done that :) Hey don't listen to all the stories, yes the prep can be unpleasant but you will make it through it. I have had a colonoscopy and it was not a bad experience. The prep was bothersome but it is necessary.
The purpose of the colonoscopy is to inspect the lining of the large intestine (colon), looking for abnormalities. The amount of discomfort will be less if you try not to anticipate the worse. We are fortunate to have a way to inspect the colon and you will be premedicated prior to procedure, I dozed through my procedure but heard the Doctor talking to me.
I used the go-lytely prep and I was pretty tired of it but it was more exhaustion from getting up and down than the actual prep.
For medication I have to be premedicated for nausea too for any procedure where they give me sedation. Where I worked we use Zofran for the Nausea and it is given before the procedure. Then Versed is used during the procedure and the Doctor will ask if your feeling any cramps, if you are they will give you a little more med.
Also they may put you on oxygen as when you receive a sedating medication you may fall sound to sleep and the oxygen is just to make sure your staying safe. Don't assume there is anything going wrong if you become aware you have oxygen on during the procedure or right after.
The medication will wear off. Ever since I learned to speak up and say I need to be premedicated with Zofran or what ever your hospital uses I have never had the dizziness or nausea.
Take care and this will soon be over. :)
Do not worry. I am 27 and I lived through it!
The prep is worth getting the test done to make sure nothing is "going on in there". I was VERY anxious also. My blood pressure went up, my pulse was high, etc. I don't remember a thing from the colonoscopy. I don't even remember the Dr. taling to me before OR after the colonoscopy. Make sure you have a close friend or relative to be with you when the Dr. talks to you afterwards about what he found. I couldn't even dress myself after wards. That's how gorked I was. I think it was because I was so nervous, anxious, & worked up over the test. Most likely, if I have to have another one, I will be more relaxed because I know what to expect. I think we alwys have anxiety about the "unknown". It's okay...just remember that thousands of colonoscopys are done everyday!
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
Sorry to hear you cancelled, now you'll have to go through all this worry again you duffa.
I've had two colonoscopies and woke during the second one, while they were removing polyps. I HONESTLY did not feel a thing, and they realised that I was rousing and put me straight back under, didn't have time (or energy lol) to worry about it.
I don't know what prep you go through there, but here in Australia, we take a medication (sorry I can't remember the name) and just don't eat for 24 hours before, except for soup/broth and jelly basically - you get sick to death of them but you don't have severe diarhhea (sp) or cramps or anything. Perhaps that's an option for you??
When you wake up you wouldn't know anything had been done and can eat and go straight home.
Please please don't worry - it will be fine. Re-schedule and get it over and done with - you'll wonder what you were stressing about.
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