Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

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   Posted 8/12/2006 2:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I had a flexible sigmoidoscopy three days ago and everything was ok apart from he said my rectum was very red and sore.
Before the examination I had used a phosphate enema which was awful.  I used it and went to the loo and the liquid returned but found I couldn't pass anything straight away.  I then got stomach cramps and vomited and for the next hour I felt dreadful.  I did end up being able to pass stool but I really had to strain to do it, more than Ive ever strained before.  The enema also made my rectum feel like it was burning and sore which probably caused the redness.
Now my rectum still feels strange.  It feels sore and inflamed and it feels like theres a contracting pressure.  It s v hard to describe.
I'm hoping it will just calm down.  I know my scope was normal so thats ok but I was just wondering hjow long it will take for this pain to go.  I did wonder whether I had caused this pain an d pressure by straining A LOT.
Any one have any advice?
I have a follow up apt in 6 weeks with my GI doctor.  I know if I went now he'd just say it will settle as theres not  alot he can do as my scope was nnormal this time.
Victoria x
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   Posted 8/12/2006 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
It probably will calm down. That is a lot of stress and maybe he was a little rough. I wonder why he didn't do a colonoscopy which is more complete than the sigmoid. Didn't you have to take a laxative the night before. Here they have you go thru the same routine as for colonscopy but years ago when I had a sigmoid I did the Fleet's enema. Since they don't go as far I guess the whole thing is not necessary but in your case it would have probably been easier. You might ask the pharmacist if there is something safe you could use. what about the stuff you put on a toothache to numb it. Orajel. I would think gums are more sensitive and it wouldn' t hurt but talk to pharmacist. You may be having some spasms just from the proceedure. While I was having my sigmoid I could feel my colon spasming.
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