Update on my Colonoscopy and Endoscopy

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   Posted 6/2/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
This past Thursday I had my colonoscopy and endoscopy. I was concerned because I only went to the washroom on the one day of my prep, not the second, but it was ok.
I got to the hospital, was nervous, and checked in with the nurse to get my IV. They ended up calling me in a few minutes early. My heartrate was up probably because I was so nervous. I gargled with the solution for my endoscopy and they numbed my throat three times with spray and did that procedure under local sedation. I think I drifted off for that, but I do recall feeling the tube moving through the esphogus, but no significant pain.
While they did the colonoscopy the male nurse kept talking with me to distract me, I did watch it all on the computer though. He kept joking around to make it easier. I talked through it and for the most part the pain was under control. Towards the end when they had me on my back I was dying of pain, so they increased the sedation three times.
They told me they feel everything is normal (So *** am I suffering so much?!) but they did take some biopsies to test for IBS, Crohns and Colitus.
For a few days following it was rough. I am Bipolar and I think the sedation had to have affected me. I felt anxiety and needed Ativan for the first time in years. I felt frightened and emotional. Luckily my Mom got me out of the house and I felt better. I think it was all the fasting, plus being anxious about my health, and the procedures. I think though they should have told me I could have had a reaction to the sedation with my medication.
I've been ok so far. I am taking 10mg of Bisocodyl nightly (the only thing that works for me) and they recommended milk of magnesia daily.
I hope I can start to move forward with my life....
Thanks so much for all of your replies, this is a great forum.

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   Posted 6/2/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you got through the proceedure. =)
I'm sorry, however, to hear of your reaction to the sedation. Usually the docs check for interractions between prescription meds and their sedatives/meds. When I got scoped I had to bring with me ALL the meds I was on, including any vitamins and/or supplements. It's too bad they didn't anticipate your problem. Now you know for the future to ask in advanced. You're also right, fasting could have contributed to your reaction as well. We all react differently.
When do you find out the results of your test?
Just an FYI, biopsies can't be tested for IBS. IBS is a diagnosis through exclusion... Once they can't find anything wrong with you, you have IBS. Sorry if you weren't expecting that. It's a real bummer. Many of us have spent hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars only to get "we can't find anything serious, you just have IBS. Watch what you eat and lower your stress level."
That's what makes this site so wonderful! Most of us have been there and done that. :-)
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   Posted 6/3/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't forget, Lil, "Eat more fiber." Apparently fiber is like a band-aid, it solves everything. :-( I seem to get either more constipated or more diarrhea if I take extra fiber, depending on what my stools are like when I start it. So definitely not something for me!

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   Posted 6/3/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh I am so tired of hearing that, lol....

If only they suffered as much

I seem to be doing better since the Pico Salax Thursday. I am going more regularly. The other hospital called today for me to come in for the scope and colonoscopy tomorrow. Um, how about the prep? Duh..

I think next week I will call and see if they have biopsy results...

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   Posted 6/3/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey bpchick, I'm glad your scopes were "normal," it's always a relief to know things aren't a total mess in there. Although I know it's frustrating when the symptoms seem to indicate otherwise...

One reason they might not have talked with you beforehand about any potential reactions is that just hearing the possibility of reactions is enough to actually instigate them, especially in people with mental health diagnoses...the brain acts in mysterious ways! So they probably weren't trying to keep you out of the loop or anything, it's more likely they just didn't want to worry you. I'm sorry you had that experience with the sedation, though.
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