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sdaless
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you guys don't mind but I need to vent.  Yesterday I went for a sigmoidoscopy and boy what it awful.  I remember having one before and not being bad.  I also don't remember being sedated for it.  Well yesterday was horrible and I will never have another one without being sedated.  It was very painful and my GI took a few biopsies.  In addition to that I wasn't told to do a prep and they called me to come in early.  I was put in a very very small bathroom and had to do three enemas as one I didn't quite do right.  I would take them anyday over that darn Sig!  Anyway the news was so far he seen an area in the rectum he believes is a mild case of active disease.  I have to wait for the actual results though.  He also said he may put me on a short term of pred for the joint pain and then I follow up in 6 weeks.  At that point he wants to discuss Imuran.  Don't like what I am reading on that drug.  Anyway it was traumatizing!  Has anyone had experience with a sigmoid being done without sedation and being painful? 
 
Needless to say I am cranky today.
Thanks for listening.
 
Stacy
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Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
 
 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had numerous sigs over the years and none of them were with sedation. I only had one with no prep but all the others I had to use Fleet enemas. Yes, they are NO fun at all! I only actually had a few that were excruciating and one where he got too much air in me, so when I got home - lordy was I in pain!

So if you only have mild inflammation in the rectum, why is your doctor jumping to get you on Imuran?
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sdaless
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sherry,

The joint pain I am having.  My CRP was elevated also and I am still going to the bathroom 4 to 5 times a day.  Could it havbe been painful due to active disease?

Stacy


Current meds are:
 
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
 
 
 


marty1976
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stacy i'm sorry to hear you had such a bad time yesterday.I had one done about ten years ago and i found it to be the worst procedure i had done. I think it was because i was flaring so bad, i had the cold sweats with the pain.You rest well now friend and know that i'm thinking of you.Beth sends her love too and thanks you for your prayers.
Marty
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sdaless
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks so much Marty!  I hope all is going well for you and your family.

Stacy


Current meds are:
 
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
 
 
 


cycling_sasquatch
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   Posted 1/16/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a flex. sig. done a couple of weeks ago.  It wasn't bad.  But I made sure to ask for sedative.  It was my first one, so I was a bit nervous.  The doc. released the air when he was done, so I didn't have any gas afterwards.  Sorry you had a bad experience.  Oh, I also didn't get any biopsies taken.



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kb5
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   Posted 1/16/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive had close to ten flex sigs and none with sedation. i hate them. i would much rather have a full scope. They are always very uncomfortable and abit painful. My GI always pulls out when I start to complain though. Wow that sentence can be taken in many different ways. He was suprised I could feel him taking the biopsies. Hello! no sedation! taking bites out of my colon!

The only good thing about the sig is that I got to see the video. I get to see what the inflammation looks like. very educational. and at least you know now. I find that sigs hurt more the more inflammation i have. It makes sense. You can feel the scope rubbing against the raw colon. not good. but at least it is done.

I agree that jumping to imuran seems like a big jump. what about rectal meds? increasing asacol? have you tried these before?
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sdaless
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   Posted 1/16/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks at least I know I'm not a sissy.  I will ask for sedation from now on.  Increasing the asacol does not help with the joint pain and that is specifically what he wants it used for if the short term pred doesn't help.  I had taked a short term pred therapy for joint pain before and it helped.  The problem is it does come back.  Thanks so much for your help.  It does make sense to have pain if you are in pain.  It was further up that the flex hurt. 
 
Stacy
Current meds are:
 
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
 
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
You're not a sissy. They're always painful for me. The last one I had really traumatized me. I can only describe it as feeling like I'd be violated. I sat in the doc's office and cried like a baby afterwards. The doc and my ex both looked at my like I'd lost my mind.
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sdaless
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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   

That is exactly how you feel!  Thanks so much for your support!  It helps to know your not alone.

Stacy


Current meds are:
 
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
 
 
 


TheLori
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   Posted 1/16/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
i had one last week, i would classify it as "very uncomfortable" and I was started on imuran.
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sdaless
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   Posted 1/16/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Having diarrhea, pain and mucous today is this usual after a sigmoid?
 
Stacy
Current meds are:
 
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
 
 
 


TheLori
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   Posted 1/16/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
i had it the day after, but i was having it before anyway :)
Lori
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lower left UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft, levoxyl, prednisone 40m 30m 25m, multi vitamin, Azathioprine 100m (started 1/9/08)


Sara14
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   Posted 1/16/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, my one and only sigmoidoscopy experience was pretty awful. It was with my first GI at my first appointment with him right after I was diagnosed. I had just had a c-scope about a month prior and was still flaring, but hadn't had pain or bleeding for a couple weeks. I was not sedated and it was super, super painful. And it made my abdominal pain and bleeding come back for a few weeks. I ended up having to up my Asacol dosage after that. It was a spur of the moment scope (not scheduled) and he didn't have me do a prep at all. He kept saying "you shouldn't be able to feel this at all" while he was taking biopsies, but I could feel every one that he took. He didn't even give me the option of sedation... Needless to say, I got rid of that GI (for many other reasons, as well). Sorry to hear you had a bad experience!

p.s. - I felt violated afterwards and cried while walking out of the hospital to my car, too.
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Post Edited (Sara14) : 1/16/2008 2:14:01 PM (GMT-7)


sdaless
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   Posted 1/16/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh Sara that sounds awful!  Don't you wish you could just throw them ont he table and give them a sigmoidoscopy?  Kills me!

Stacy


Current meds are:
 
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
Canasa when needed
 
 
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 1/16/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes!

Sorry to hear you're having D, mucous and pain today. I'm not sure if that's normal or not after a sig. but that's what happened to me.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil


pb4
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   Posted 1/16/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Typically they don't sedate you for sigs because they aren't as invasive as a colonoscopy...but when you have proctitis or severe enough inflammation that can certainly cause alot of discomfort during sigs...I have crohns and I have these perianal crohns skin tags which are constantly in a flare so even for sigs I get fully sedated...I learned the hard way too, infact it was a sigmoidoscopy that was used to DX me with CD along with the typically tests that followed, but as soon as the GI saw my anal skin tags, he knew then it was crohns.

Once I went in for a colonoscopy, I was fully sedated of course, only to wake up with the GI telling me I was so inflammed in the anus and rectom he couldn't even do the scoping...I woke up in tears balling my face off but didn't realize why, and apparently I was crying through the whole thing as he tried and tried to get the scope in there but decided to give up on it.

So even when I'm completely out my body reacts to the pain, depending of course on what med they use to knock you out...either way I was just glad I don't remember the pains from the many scopings I've had done...only the very first one that I was awake for.

:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Post Edited (pb4) : 1/16/2008 5:38:40 PM (GMT-7)


potty girl
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   Posted 1/16/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
if your a sissy then I am a big baby because nobody is sticking anything in there unless I am sedated. I have had cadiac caths and other things done with no drugs but not there. nope. not happening.
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pb4
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   Posted 1/16/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
It's not even about being a sissy or a big baby, good lord we suffer enough day to day just trying to manage with this DD, at least for the tests it's nice to be able to be knocked out...heck I volunteer to be knocked out until they are ready to cure us!!!!

I'm sure there are docs and nurses that might think we're wussy about scopes and such, but who cares what they think, I say, walk a mile in our shoes.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


potty girl
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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
well said pb4
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synthroid .088 mg, lowpressor 50 mg x 2, cozaar 25mg x2, imdur 30 mg
nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.


jujub
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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4, I say when they've had a tube stuck up their sore and bleeding bum with nothing to relieve the pain, then they can call us wusses. I'd bet most of them have never had it done.
Judy
 
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Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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CanMan
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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going for my first sigmoidoscopy on Friday... yikes you guys got me scared!!! I think I will ask about getting sedated!
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