I've had 9 colonoscopies and have felt none of them. I've always been given Versid, which in layman's terms is called Twilight Sleep. It's just enough sedation that produces an amnesia effect, you won't remember anything from the actual procedure but be alert
enough to cooperate with the GI doc. For my first one (age 41) I was a nervous wreck, shaking uncontrollably. The nurse kept telling me the worst was over (meaning the bowel prep) but I flat out did not believe her. I was convinced she had to tell patients this to calm them down. It didn't work. I was so nervous my doctor gave me a mild sedative in addition to the Versid (I believe he gave me Demerol or Darvocet? Something beginning with the letter D). I only needed this mild preprocedure medication for colonoscopy #1, from then on I only needed Versid. For the first test, the next thing I knew I was in the recovery room asking the post-procedure nurse, when they'd start the procedure. She laughed because I guess she hears this all the time.
So see, trust us. We are Vets at these procedures. Many of us have had a slew of tests on done on us, all sorts of GI tract testing done.
When you hear people talk about
how horrendous having had a colonoscopy was/is, 99.9% of the time they are referring to the bowel prep the day before.
To be honest I almost skip in the testing facility for my colonoscopy. Why? Because I know that A. it won't hurt (needle prick for the IV, that's the most pain you'll experience) and B. it will all be over soon and then I can resume eating again. The nurses always chuckle too, knowing this is not my first colonoscopy. But as I wait I do see first timers in the waiting room so strung out over the unknown I would love to just take their hand and say - don't worry, they'll sedate you and it will all be over soon enough.
So let me take your virtual hand and assure it will all be fine. That's the mom in me coming out since you're so young. I have two daughters, 19 and 22. I would tell them both the same exact thing - don't worry.
But please don't be a stranger and check back in with us, let us know what the procedure reveals. This is a wonderful, caring place you've landed. Don't forget us!
Wishing you my best.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 3/7/2010 7:15:36 AM (GMT-7)