Take a deep breath! I'm glad you are having a colonoscopy. The results will likely tell your doctor a lot to explain why you are having so much trouble. To speculate what it could be is foolish. Just follow your doctors orders for bowel prep, try to relax and before you know it, you'll have your answers.
You asked if a colonoscopy is a really bad experience. No it is not. The horror stories you've heard no doubt have heard are usually pertaining to the prep. The prep has to do a thorough job of cleaning you out. So once you begin your laxative prep (there are several types and each doctor has his/her own preference), remain home and near your bathroom. You will experience some cramping and D, because your doctor needs you completely cleaned out. So make sure you finish the laxatives. Once you arrive for your colonoscopy, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown, you will be given an IV and well, that's pretty much the worst part about a colonoscopy - the IV prick! I kid you not. I've had nine of these procedures. Before the test begins they will give you a sedative, you won't feel a thing and you'll wake up in recovery. Once you are alert enough to get dressed, you can leave. You MUST have a designated driver though. You cannot drive for 24 hours. You will be groggy and nap on and off the rest of the day. I would suggest you resume eating solids slowly, crackers, saltines, pretzels, half a turkey sandwich, chicken noodle soup, any of these would be good. By dinner time you will be back to eating normally.
Hopefully others will chime in.
Let us know how it goes.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening