who knows what they give me...but it always works great....
On the other hand, i have had other types of scopes without anesthesia and they are horrifyingly painful and uncomfortable, but I have pretty severe rectal area disease. If you don't have as much rectal area involvement, it may be less uncomfortable.
not to change the subject too much, but before my ileostomy surgery, i had developed a entero-vesicular fistula (that's a fistula that connects somewhere to the bladder or urinary tract)
So i had to have a uroscopy (something like that) where they go through your ureter. As you know, there's only one way in, and I'm a dude! ouch! I wish i had pain meds for that! not to mention the cute female nurse had to stretch my "package" (for lack of a better term) while the doctor looked thru his scope, and the nurse was getting a full view of my rear. I have perianal fistulas, so it's not a pretty site down there. How awkward that was.....i should have asked for some Valium at least. the next time i came in to the doc's office, i am pretty sure the young nurse remembered who i was....especially since I had to go thru that procedure twice! ughh!
I have also had a gastrograph with enema contrast.....that was the most uncomfortable thing i have ever gone through.....it is basically a series of x-rays taken while they pump radioactive contrast in to see where the fistula tracts lead....unfortunately, the procedure was not conclusive, and they had to do that one again later too, to no avail.
I did not have any sedation or pain meds for that either. Finally, I had the cat scan where they inject contrast thru an IV....i got immediately after getting the IV contrast....my whole body felt warm and tingly...it was not painful, but a very interesting experience.
oh wait, right before my surgery, the colorectal surgeon had to give me an exam with a little scope that is lighted and gives him a look into the rectal area....i was so inflamed there that i almost cried and ended up bleeding for a few hours....that was the last real pain i had to bear before my surgery.
So, when given the chance, I will now always ask for pain meds/sedation/memory blocker. Hell, i'll even take a couple shots of tequila! just give me something, if you can't just hit me on the head and knock me out, please!
If you are hesitant because you want to "see" what the doctor sees, ask beforehand if they can record the scope onto a cd or dvd, most places can now do that and actually most do record such procedures, but you need to ask for a copy.
it would make for good background viewing when you throw a cocktail party, too.....just kidding, imagine that!
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