I've had several scopes through the years, but the first one was the most memorable. This was before we found out that I had Crohn's so I was running through ALL the tests. Therefore, I had a liquid diet on Saturday, chugged a gallon of Golytely on Sunday for the procedure on Monday, which didn't work. For this scope, the nurse was injecting the meds into my IV the /same/ time the doctor was going in. Yeah, I felt everything.
I was clutching the sides of the gurney, biting my lip, crying and NOT having a good time of it. I distinctly remember the dr. saying, "It's not that bad, they're aren't any nerve endings, I don't know what your problem is." And then she stopped rooting around and said, "You're too swollen, even with the child probe I can't get in there or I might perforate your bowel." So, we'll send you off till tomorrow for the small bowel series (Tuesday) and the barium enema (Wednesday). But, she left me blown up with the gas, and since I couldn't eat anything, I couldn't stand up right. So painful. I went home and cried. In fact, at one point I asked my wife to go find a straw to stuff up my backside so I could get the gas out. I didn't actually do that, but I seriously thought about
it. I was bent double with the gas pain. Then came the next two days of fun, and then I snapped, said I wasn't doing any more tests and went to get something to eat.
5 days of no food and pain makes me cranky.
Every other one has been completely knocked out. I refuse to do anything else. I did have a different gastro who wanted a good look from top to bottom, and I did come too briefly when they were stuffing the camera down my throat but went back under.