Colonoscopy Tear!

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   Posted 7/21/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
So im sure most of us Crohns disease people have had colonoscopies and have heard the risks of a colonoscopy but never throught any of them would happen to you becuase of how small the risks are.  So guess what happend to me?! I went for my regular colonoscopy last Wenesday at one of the top hospitals for treating Crohns disease and went to my GI doctor who has been amazing at treating my Crohns and i get colonoscopies once a year so i know what to expect before, during and after. This time after they completed the colonoscopy i went home and felt pretty normal. Then a few hours later my stomach was in HORRIBLE pain.. i could hardley stand straight, it hurt to go to the bathroom. So i called my doctor who did the procedure and he said to go to the local ER so i did. They ended up getting me in quickly becuase i had a tempurature of 102 and chills with bad pain. They did a Cat Scan and found that i had a perforation ( tear) from the colonoscopy either from taking the biopsy's or from the scope being pushed through. I was shocked.. they immediatly checked me into the hospital and gave me IV antibiotics... my white blood cell count went up to 19 and my red blood cell went down to 8.9. They pretty much garanteed i was going to have to have surgery but wanted to wait and see if things improved on there own. I ended up staying in there a total of 6 days and got better on my own, but had lots of bleeding.  I just got home yesterday and my white blood cell is back down to 6.9 which is great, but my redblood cell is still the same. I have a follow up with my Doctor who did the Scope for more blood work tomorrow. Im trying to take it easy and just eat things that arent too hard to digest a low residue diet. Has anyone else had this happend to them from a colonoscopy? It was definetly scary and i dont know if i ever want to get one again after that experience!

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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
JMan so sorry to hear this happened to you. You were very lucky that they were able to handle this w/o surgery, thats about the best thing that has happened so far. I have had many scopes too, by one dr only and never have had a problem.

Please take care of your self and get well.
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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