Why won't doctors listen?!

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   Posted 11/23/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I went in for my 5th colonoscopy today. I recently graduated from grad school and moved back home from out of state- this meant switching doctors and having a scope done at a new clinic. When I had my very first scope done a few years ago, they weren't able to complete the procedure because the "conscious sedation" meds weren't enough and, although I don't remember this, I was in a lot of pain and was screaming pretty loudly, and scopes 2-4 were done with general anesthesia. So, here at home with my new doctor and the new clinic, I told them that I would probably need general anesthesia. "Oh, no", they said, "that was awhile ago, at a different clinic. We'll do conscious sedation. It'll be fine."
Wrong. Not fine. Went in for my scope today, after the lovely prep, a long wait in the waiting room, two attempts at an IV line before a successful prick, and an even longer wait in an ever-so-lovely and way too revealing hospital gown. Hopped up on the scope table, got my drugs injected, waited for my "conscious sedation" to begin, and... nothing. Maybe a little bit of dizziness. They started the scope.... and... PAIN... PAIN... EXCRUTIATING PAIN.... I started moaning and crying. The nurse told me to breathe, the doc told me to relax, I asked for more drugs, nothing helped. Mercifully, they stopped the procedure. The whole thing lasted about 5 minutes and I remember every second of it. Very painful and unpleasant, and kind of traumatic.
So, after lots of waiting around in recovery (extra apple juice, yay!) and scheduling drama, I have to see my primary doc for a pre-op physical first thing tomorrow morning, and then go to a hospital for full anesthesia with my colonoscopy. Thankfully, I don't have to re-do my prep. Unfortunately, I haven't eaten since Saturday and I'm starving.
And this whole mess could have been avoided if my doc had just LISTENED to me when I said that I needed anesthesia. Go figure. How do you get your doctor to listen?

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   Posted 11/23/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   

You must be starving. Hang in there.
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   Posted 11/23/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I applaud you...I couldnt handle the pain of going through that let alone not eating for that long!
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   Posted 11/23/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess you need to find a doc that will take you seriously when you say "no one touches me unless I'm completely under", that's what I tell them and they listen...I'm demanding that way, with good reason, I have issues with perianal crohn's skin tags, they take one look "down there" and they know I mean it when I tell them no one touches me unless...


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   Posted 11/23/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember one of my scopes, I had some pretty good pain when they tried entering my small intestine. After a few tries and a few yelps from me, they quit. I've gone 4 days (of bowel rest) without eating before, and it wasn't much fun. Hopefully everything will go smoothly tomorrow.
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   Posted 11/24/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I also use GA too.
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   Posted 11/24/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you had to suffer so. Sending good wishes for your scope!
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   Posted 11/24/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Just had my pre-op physical... I drove 20 miles to my primary clinic, sat on the table, and they listened to my lungs as I breathed. A $30 copay for that! And they'll probably charge my insurance another $200 at least... this is what's wrong with the American health care system... that's another rant...

The thing is, I really do like my new GI. She just didn't listen. Sometimes I feel like we have to play their game, you know? Like I had to go through this mess for them to take me seriously about the anesthesia. I wish there was something, anything, patients could do to have some control in this game.

Thanks for the kind wishes. I cannot WAIT for my dinner tonight (assuming all goes well and I can finally eat!!!)

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   Posted 11/24/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Awwww poor you these are the tests i dread when i was first diagnosed at 13 they done a colonoscopy without any sedation and i remember it like it was yesterday! the pain was awful i dread being called up for another one i will demand to be knocked out or their not doing it. Enjoy your dinner!! Bev x
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   Posted 11/24/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, sometimes you have to just plant your feet and say it is my way or the highway.

ZaZu, I also had a gastro I really liked. But I wanted to do my scopes w/o sedation, just analgesia. She wouldn't. So I wouldn't. It was kind of a Mexican stand-off for about a year and a half or two years. Then I found the two abstracts (and the full articles) that I've posted links to here several times thru the years about colonscopies w/o sedation. She actually, after reading the articles, underwent both an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy w/o sedation before she would agree to mine w/o. We then came to a meeting of the minds and I'm fairly good about having my annual colonoscopy every two years and she does them w/o sedation. We are then both happy and both get what we wanted.

Other times, other doctors, I've just said "no" on other matters. And there have been times I've just told them until you explain it until it makes sense to me "it ain't a gonna happen".

This is OUR body, OUR health, WE are the ones who endure the benefits or consequences of any test, any procedure, any decision regarding our health care.
At least your new gastro withdrew the scope and rescheduled you for general anesthesia for a colonoscopy. I've read of those SOB doctors who continued on w/the patient screaming in agony thru the entire scope.

Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 11/24/2009 5:13:27 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/25/2009 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I woke up with my second scope, and have been scared to have one ever since. I would love GA, and frankly I may not just ever have one unless I can get GA. I was in a lot of pain, and was trying to get away and off that table! My GI dismissed my concerns, and wanted me to go the usual route again. Nope buddy, not gonna happen!
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   Posted 11/25/2009 3:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Ugh, you poor thing that is ridiculous! I remember from my first colonoscopy I was saying ow ow then they hit me with some more meds and I didn't remember anything after that. I had a different doctor the second time but I was so scared I kept telling everyone, "Oh, oh I felt it last time!" lol. I didn't get a general but I ended up not feeling a thing. Doctor told me I was difficult to sedate so from now on I would be put under general anaesthesia.

I have just had to do the prep for a CT scan, was asked to do another colonoscopy and said I'd rather not so now I am doing a gastroscopy with just fasting. But oh I feel for you, the whole drama of the prep and not eating, it's horrible.

I hope you never have this much trouble ever again!
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   Posted 11/25/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I never remember a thing...
A low tolerance maybe?
There has to be some kind of local, that should put you under enough...
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