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   Posted 11/19/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a colonoscopy today and got left the doctors around four. I have to go back next wednesday for the biospys that he took. my question is: I am still having horrible cramping and it is almost 6 hours later. is this normal.

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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
It is likely gas remaining from the procedure. during a colonoscopy they "inflate" your colon to make it easier to visualize and navigate. After the scope is done they try to get as much of the gas out as possible but they can't get it all out. That is why they tell you to try and fart while in recovery. You might try lying on your abdomen, or go from side to side, in attempts to get the gas moving. Don't try to hold in the urges to fart.
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   Posted 11/19/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
i was hurting pretty bad after mine and had some bleeding too. the doc wasn't concerned when i called him later that day...he was right- i was fine the next day...if the pain persists and is bad i was call your doc for some reassurance!

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   Posted 11/19/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
better to call and find out for sure than let your imagination take over with the worry. i've called a lot of times when i thought i was probably going to feel like a doof, but the relief of knowing something wasn't unusual or was expected was well worth it.
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   Posted 11/20/2008 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
When they tell you to try and fart, they do so with good reason. Let that stuff out the bottom end. After mine everything tasted like burnt rubber for two days... don't think I got it all out the bottom so it came out the top. Was sore but don't remember much pain at all. I think I would contact my doctor.

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   Posted 11/20/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I always have alot of gas for the first day and am crampy for a couple days afterwards too. I think what your feeling is pretty normal. But if you are really concerned you can put a call into your doc and check with them.
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