i'm having my first colonoscopy and an endoscopy...help

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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm having my first colonoscopy and endoscopy and i was wondering how you feel after it.
i also would like to know if it hurts when you wake up. sad

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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only had one colonoscopy. I didn't have any pain when I woke up. I was very tired from the medicine they used to knock me out (can't remember what it was). I did throw up immediately afterwards which I know was from anesthesia. I came home, napped and was fine by the afternoon. Let us know how it goes!

Hey....next time try a different color for the type or just use black. The yellow is very hard to read. Thanks!
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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sure you have heard that the prep is the worst part!  Talk with the anesthesiologist beforehand and let him/her know if you are feeling apprehensive about it.  Then he/she can reassure you and explain how and when things will happen during your procedure.  Once the wonderful white medicine goes in, you will be out and they will pull you out of the fog when it is over.  It is not bad at all.  I actually enjoy the nap!  The freakiest part to me was when they positioned the mouthpiece in my mouth before the sedation.  It is just a plastic piece that keeps your mouth open.  It is not uncomfortable, but I remember worrying that they would start before I was knocked out totally.  They didn't!  I have had several colonoscopies and one endoscopy.  The dr. took a biopsy of my stomach, but I never knew it and felt no after effects at all.  I have never been bothered by the scope afterward either.  My Crohn's has all been in the terminal ileum, though.  If you have more symptoms down lower, you might feel some discomfort afterwards. My husband and I always go out to eat afterwards since I am starving.  If you are prone to nausea, let them know and they can usually give you something to avoid it.  Good luck!

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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
For endoscopies, they usually use conscious sedation. Versed, Propofol are some of the types of medications they use. They usually knock you out without requiring a tube down your throat. The meds also act as amnestics, so that you don't remember the procedure. You'll feel a little groggy afterwards, but after about 3-4 hours you should be back to your baseline. How you will react is dependent on how your body reacts to those meds. Make sure you tell them if you have any allergies. Good luck!
15 cm left sided colitis
currently on a trial of cortenemas,
and now doc added cortifoam i nthe AM and lialda
nothing seems to be working.

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   Posted 2/1/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
The colonoscopy prep is definitely the worst part of the process. You will likely feel irritated in the nether region from all the toileting to clear out your colon-- so stock up beforehand on some soothing wipes, even baby lotion. Keep yourself hydrated for as long as possible before you reach the hour prescribed for total fast. You may feel a bit gassy after the c-scope because the doctor pumps some air in during the procedure to improve visibility/medical analysis. Assuming that you get a Demerol/Versed sedative, you will wake up enough shortly after the procedure to get dressed & go home, but you should plan on resting at home for at least 24 hrs post-procedure. The sedatives affect people differently; some feel totally recovered after a couple hrs while others continue to feel a bit drowsy off & on for the next day or two. It's better to err on the side of caution & give yourself extra time to rest up afterwards. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 2/2/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had so many colonoscopies over the years I've lost count! One thing that has improved (just had one a month ago) is the anesthetic. I used to get so sick from the Demerol and I don't remember the name of the new stuff, but the anesthesiologist said since they started using this instead that no one gets sick. Other than the gas and diagnosis that I was having a flare, I felt great after.
Good Luck!

Diagnosed with LS UC 1984, suffered for 16 years, high doses Pred and eased off to Azulfidine; remission for 9 years, just flared recently. Asacol 3, 3x day; 20 ml. Pred.. Heading into remission again with addition of: prayer, deep breathing, walks on the beach and: 4-1000 mg.garlic twice daily; 2 zyflamend twice daily, SuperFoods RX multi-whole food vita twice daily, SuperFoods RX Omega 3; 3 Asacol 3 x day with 3 Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate 10 Probiotic; Metamucil morning and night - no dairy, hardly any coffee, lots of water and green tea. Was using L-Glutamine but read that it can aggravate?

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   Posted 2/2/2008 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again - I just read another similiar post and I believe this is what they give now: Fentanyl and Versed - ask your doc for it, it's the best.

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   Posted 2/2/2008 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I would ask for Propofol if they will give it too you- I don't remember I thing. I was crying before I went in because I was so nervous. I am a high stress person - and the next thing I remember was them wheeling me out and me asking if they had done it yet and I didn't feel any different except more relaxed. I love Propofol.......
Jessica 26/F
Asacol 4pills /three times a day(from 2 pills/ three times a day)
Prednisone 40Mg/day taper every 5 days(at 20 mg currently)
Culturelle once daily/ three times a day
Tried (Entorcort EC 9ml/day)

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