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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/18/2008 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought the worst thing about a colonscopy was drinking that awful Golyte/Colyte mixture, boy, was I wrong!!! Do you have any tales that was funny, sad, or just plain wrong!!! I like to share a few of my own.
You have only clear liquid dinner.The first time I was 14 I didn't go to sleep. Was still awake so the nurse gave me another dose. I was screaming and crying the first 30 minutes(feels like stabbing). I finally shut up and watch it on big screen. Started getting sleeping after it was over and had an allergic reaction to Fentanyl. I fell asleep when it was time to get dress(mom said I was knocked out).
You have clear liquid lunch and dinner.Second time was crying while holding the nurse's hand(I was and still sorry I had a deathgrip on her hand, hey, she offered it, Ha). Well first my doctor forgot he had to do the colonoscopy. He was with patients in the clinic. The nurse was mimicking him(sister and I was in tears). Laughing so much my heart rate starting going up(she realized and had to stop). We were all talking about the year before and I mention the hives . Found out that I am allergic to Fentanyl while she was about to push the plunger on the needle!!! She changed medicine and everything was cool. Started feeling sleepy and light. The first push, started crying again. Holding on to the nurse hand for dear life. Then they put the little oxygen thing in my nose(guess I was acting up). She was like"You need to pass gas". It will make you feel better". I was like no(had like 5, 6 people in there). "Do it" a little more stern. I covered my eyes and let it go(I am still embarrassed).  
You have clear liquid all day!!! Third one was in July this year. I still was going to the bathroom right before it was done. Golyte had me nauseous and sick. They couldn't find my chart and couldn't remember the doctor name who scheduled it(she was new and started a 2nd chart because 1st is bursting at the seams). "Why are you nervous. Drinking the stuff is the worst part. Your pressure needs to go down. Omg your heart is beating really fast" First lets poke you a million times because your veins are tiny and rolls away. Lets have bunch of people in the room taking notes. I am really goofy okay and started laughing because I had to bite on something to keep my mouth open. Started laughing because I start to drift and was trying to fight it(how stupid am I) I finally fell asleep, yes!!! Woke up during the EGD and try to take the camera out my throat(had to grab my hands). Went back to sleep, yes!!! Started crying again because I felt that "knife"(camera) stabbing me in the stomach(again). "Relax, relax". Watching big screen again. Started drifting, hears"Well we can't going any further..." Fell asleep. Feel asleep in the bathroom trying to put clothes on. Fell asleep on the way home. Got home and ran to the bathroom(I always forget I'm clean out and that's gas causing the pain). Fell asleep in my bathroom. Woke up. Fell asleep in the car. "Happy birthday sis" and fell asleep on her couch. Did I mention I had to work the next day?
Once again clear liquid all day. Fourth time in Oct this year.Once again Golyte had me nauseous and sick.  I am pacing the room because it is a beautiful day stuck inside and really really hungry. Lets eat lunch in our employee lounge right across from the GI patients( I know its ler their fought, but man that food smelt so good). Stick Stick you. Can't find chart again."Why are you nervous. Drinking the stuff is the worst part. Your pressure needs to go down. Omg your heart is beating really fast". This time I was really chatty but also mad. Was thinking of things to make my heart rate go up on the monitor(yes I know I have problems). Did I mention I was on my cycle? I told the nurse very quietly I was on my cycle. "Are you wearing a pad?" she asks loudly. I swear every male doctor swivel their head toward me. Was so bloated and in pain I had to ask the nurse to help roll all the way on my left side. "Okay lets begin" "Wait I'm not sleep..." Once again I am crying and watching the big screen. Sleep not sleep sleep not sleep. "Okay we are finish". "Well Miss... this what what we seen..." Falling  asleep. Tapping me on my arm "Hey are you listening?" Me nodding, fell back to sleep. Woke up, seen daddy in the room. Sleep... "She might need surgery" Sleep... "Blah blah blah, surgery".
I have a strong feeling in Jan I will have my next colonoscopy. So feel free to share any tales of your own.
Don't judge a book by its movie.
In the past I have taken Asacol, 6mp, Prednisone(3x),  Remicade, Flagyl, Cipro, Phenergan, Colazal(think there was others).                       
I am on Metoprolol for high blood pressure and heart beating too fast. On Citalopram for my anxiety and depression. Started taking fish oil capsule for my high cholesterol. On Calcium pills. On Remicade(its my second time being on it because a former doctor refuse to give it to me so I left) 
Diagnosed at age 14 in 2001, first started sick getting at age 13, Sept 2000. I am now 21

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   Posted 12/19/2008 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
It was that time of the month for me too, but they were kind enough to let me remove everything below the waist during the procedure. I feel asleep before they even said I would, but honestly, I vaguely remember panicking at one point and saying "no, no, no" many times while they were trying to keep me down hah...I don't remember any pain though...
I really despised drinking the phosphosoda though. I didn't have anything left in my body anyway, had lost way too much, and was worried it would knock me out before I even got to the hospital!!

Your stories though...good grief...I've never heard of someone having that much trouble!! I'm sorry you didn't get knocked out..I hope your next one will be better than the last..four.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 30 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, prilosec in the morning, tandem plus, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting the specific carbohydrate diet. Cheated once for Christmas.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 12/19/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
the first time i had one was a nightmare. my GI doc at the time didnt believe in heavy sedation, so i was awake the ENTIRE time, asking for more drugs. it was aweful. talk about scared straight. the one i had in early 2006 topped it though. about 2 hours after i was released i was having intense abdominal pain to where i was doubled over and was having difficulty breathing. went back to the hospital and had to convince my doc it was not gas from the colonoscopy. they took some xrays and then rushed me over to the ER for emergency exploratory surgery. turns out the biopsy my GI took (a different one from the previous horror story) had perforated the lining of my colon. the surgery was quick and easy, but i was in the hospital for 13 days with complications. ugh.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 12/19/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I do colonoscopies with no sedation (relatively mild to moderate disease and never had more than mild discomfort) and had my last one Christmas week last year. Lying there looking at the screen while he was plucking biopsies in the cecum and mentioned I was hungry. So one of the three nurses in the procedure room goes over to the counter where there was a big box of candy, probably sent for the holidays by a drug rep, and starts tossing them to me as the GI finishes up and begins withdrawal. Then up and out with no wait -- the only way to go!

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 12/19/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
okay i feel really bad for people who cant get knocked out for that procedure or because their doctors dont believe in sedating people...isnt that like against the law or patient rights or something like that??? for mine they gave me demerol...totally knocks me out in like 10 seconds...the rest of the day i can't remember a thing lol..i keep remembering things that happened to me usually the day after..its all like some weird dream lol
21 year old female
Diagnosed with Moderate to Severe Crohn's August 2008 (hospitalized for over a month right after)
Taking...canasa, rowasa, 6mp, aciphex, and Remicade every 6 weeks
As needed...zofran, lortab, tylenol 3, bentyl
Off of Prednisone!!!

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