Wow.....I had a sigmoid about
8 years ago with a mild sedative in an IV....they could not complete it - had to keep stopping - the cramping and pain was too much for me. They made a BIG note on my chart - next time Colonoscopy with full sedation. I have had the colonoscopy with full sedation and that is definitely the way to go for me. I am a bit surprised a doctor would agree to no kind of sedation - I'd be concerned if I made a sudden jerky move to cause the scope to cause some harm????
Hubby feels the same way - and he has to have them more often. He has a very high tolerance for pain and I am more of a baby but he embraced the idea of not putting himself in any unnecessary pain as he had sigmoids with mild sedation as well.
Following a day of prep and everything that goes with it as someone mentioned above I wouldn't even want to consider the procedure without being in la la land. Granted you cannot drive there alone or leave alone regardless of what type of sedation you have so why put yourself through any more discomfort than needed is my opinion.
The anesthesia given where we go always seems to be just the right amount and we wake quickly after the procedure and have never felt overly medicated. Afterwards, just have to go home and relax and take it easy and eat conservatively that first day.
Happy to see you are re-considering. (Not trying to preach - just concerned for you)
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