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   Posted 6/14/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Darren,
Thank you for replying to my post on the Ulcerative Colitis board.  I am the one who is getting freaked out about my upcoming colonoscopy.
Anyway, I think some of that stress is due to the fact that I have epilepsy.  It was late onset, I was 27.  The same thing happened to my father, and I have a great aunt who also had seizures.  The thing that concerns me the most is the drugs they use to relax me.
I talked to the nurse about it, and she said no worries.  They have never had any problems before.  She said they don't acutally "put me out," but they use a mind-blocker.  This is a new doctor, and I do trust what the nurse said.  However, when it's a new place and you have yet to build a relationship with the doctor and nurses you don't feel quite as comfortable/trusting as you do when it's a doctor you have been seeing for a while, you know?
I was wondering if you have had any experience with being sedated for procedures, and did everything go okay?
I have not had a seizure since I started my medication three years ago.
Thank you so much for your time!

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   Posted 6/15/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never been sedated for a procedure such as a colonoscopy but I know people who have and there have been no complications. My guess is that is the meds have been working for the last 3 years, you will be fine. Epilepsy and stress go hand in hand since Epilepsy is so unpredictable. Since stress and UC also go hand in hand I think it is fair to say that epilepsy does have an effect on UC. Please try not to worry too much about the procedure. A colonoscopy is very routine. There are loads of members on UC who can tell you of their experiences. Unfortunately, I have no experience of UC... I was just over there helping out while there was a MOD shortage. (Holidays and all! lol) If you have any questions, please ask though. If I dont know the answer, I will know a person who does!
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   Posted 6/15/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you, Darren!  I greatly appreciate you thoughts!


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   Posted 6/16/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
To checkerjane91
I too have UC and Epilepsy, had both since 1979.
As Darren said, they are both stress related and go hand in hand.
Most important for you to know, I had my Colonoscopy just last week. (3rd one) No seizures or anything like that.   As Darren also mentioned, it is very routine, no pain ~ just a little uncomfortable. If they find polyps in their, they remove them at the time, and take biopsies along the way. As I said before ~ no pain but you may feel some slight pulling.
They don't sedate you completely but you are totally relaxed.
The worst part is the preparation the day before when you have to drink 4,000 ml of that stuff (dont know what it's called) but it takes like CRAP, to clean you out.
It's mind over matter.
As you are drinking that "stuff" pretend that you're on a tropical island and you have one of those tropical drinks with the umbrella in it.
Nothing to get freaked out about. (you dont want to stress it or you run the possibility of triggering a seizure)
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   Posted 6/16/2008 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
When you're drinking the prep, use a straw and suck it into the back of your mouth. This bypasses most of the taste buds on your tongue and you don't taste it nearly as much. Those of us on the UC board swear by this method.
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