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dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/2/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm up for a scope on the 13th.  I'm curious as to what's going on as I'm on SO many meds and still not doing great.
 
Does the scope hurt if they don't put you out all of the way?
 
My last upper scope, my hubby said that I was a babbling fool afterwards.  I really don't feel like doing that again.
 
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   Posted 10/2/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw a little of my first one, but I also hurt a lot. My colon was really raw, and when they pumped air in it felt like someone in stilettos was jumping up and down on my abdomen. I hollered, and they gave me more medication. Since then I've made sure they give me enough meds that I won't remember anything. I'm pretty lucky, though, in that I wake up pretty lucid. I'm a little groggy, but not drunk-like.

My doc used a combination of Fentanyl, which is a sedative, and Versed, which is an amnesiac. The first relaxes you and puts you into a light sleep, and the second makes you not remember what happened. It's always been very effective for me.
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TusMom
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   Posted 10/2/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   

I saw some of mine back in March, when I was first diagnosed.  It was kind of like being on, or at least witnessing, the Incredible Journey, and I remember hearing bits and pieces of what the doctor was saying (things like "no endometriosis" and "inflammation" and "biopsy", stuff like that).  It did not hurt at all for me, but my UC was very mild.  I can't recall the specific meds I was given, but they worked just fine for me.

Good luck!

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kops2da
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   Posted 10/2/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   

No thanks!  Just me - some do like to 'watch".  I would not mind if there was no pain.  Last two times I had Demerol and versed so you don't remember.  Last time I had endoscopy also.  Just the prep was a "pain"!!

Years ago my husband had a colonoscopy (in the old days) without much medication and watched but I heard him screaming from the room and never wanted to do that one.  The last one he had he had the same medications and I did and we don't remember a thing. 

But, I had two sigmoidoscopies in the past where they gave me something to relax me (Valium maybe) and I watched the screen.  It WAS interesting - now I would rather have the doctor show me the pictures - sometimes they will do that and explain that way.  Mine used a picture of a colon and explained exactly what he saw and what he did in there.

Good luck - you will be fine.  I think they would let you watch if you ask and have medication ready just in case.

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love4cats
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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I did for my first and only one. I wouldn't have it any other way, it was very interesting and I got to see exactly where my ulcers were.
 
 
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Peety
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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
When I lived in another town, I was never out all the way and watched. I found it fascinating, too. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, especially when I know it will be over soon. But I think it wasn't that bad. I had lots of flex-sigs, so was used to it.
My GI here puts me out all the way, which is a little disappointing!

Mine scope is Monday, scheduled because I'm finally feeling well. It's my hubby's birthday, what a treat for him. I come out of them fine, might even try to play golf later...
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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are really interested in seeing your scope, maybe you could have them tape it for you. I've been awake during sigmoids before, and I'd just as soon be unconscious for a c-scope. Durig my last scope, I was put under, but whenever they did something that caused me pain, I'd wake up and go "Ouch". Kind of startled my doc, but it got a chuckle from us afterwards. I do remember seeing the screen a couple of times after waking. Wasn't that great of a show, the plot was boring, I never saw the actors, and the camera angles sometimes confused me. Plus the dailogue was very lacking...
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Limeycricketlover
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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Had a scope done for first diagnosis about a month ago now. Pretty urgent due to symptoms - no relaxant, sedative or pain killer at all - yikes. Looked up and saw screen - loads of ulcers and pretty gruesome urrrgh. Shut my eyes to try and relax once I saw a biopsy sample being taken - like a wader bird pecking at your insides!! Nurse then thrust a print out under my nose and said "Have a look at this" in a jolly kind of voice. Being not the brightest, I opened my eyes to see a printout in glorious colour (red, red and more red) of four of the worst sections.

Next time they're going to need a huge darn hammer - either to knock me out with or to ram the scope up my backside 'cause I'll be so darn uptight!!!
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Peety
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   Posted 10/2/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
No sedative, that's crazy! Seems it would only take a minute to administer something.
I too remember thinking it was weird that they could peck at my colon without me feeling it (well without feeling that particular sensation). That was fascinating.
I have seen the photos, even when now I'm knocked out, and my doc gave me a color set. Mostly showed lots and lots of scar tissue, since I only have my colonscopy when I'm not flaring.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. Use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free diet, also none of the other foods tested sensitive to (cow's milk, soy, tomato, egg white, others)
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years! 
Replete probiotic. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for anemia.
 


TraciZ
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   Posted 10/2/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   

I was sort of watching my first scope, but I felt nothing. The sedation worked great. My next scope, I was out. My last scope, I told the nurse that I didn't need a lot of meds, so she gave me a 1/2 dose. I woke up in the middle and felt a lot of pain. In fact, a resident held my hand while I cried until it was over.

Different places give different drugs. My new GI gives demerol. I think my first one gave versed and fentanyl.

So what if you babble afterwards? Try to enjoy it!


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trumpington
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   Posted 10/2/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
For my most recent scope I had versed 1mg and demerol 50mg. I remember the procedure pretty well; by far the most aggravating part was fifteen minutes after they unhooked me from the IV - I felt awful for a few minutes because of the sedatives / painkillers. I thought the colonoscopy itself was pretty interesting: I could ask the doctor what was going on and he explained a few things about what he was looking for, and what normal and inflamed colon looked like. There was no pain, but a bit of discomfort as the scope was going round the first sharp corner (the "splenic flexure"). Next time I plan to ask for less medication - for me a bit more discomfort during the procedure would be a good trade for less of the nastiness afterwards.

Good luck!

Craig

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   Posted 10/2/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've seen parts of every c-scope done since 1993 with a combo of Versed & Demerol drugs. I find it very interesting to watch if/when I can stay focused on the monitor screen. (I always doze off & on, though, due to the Versed.) In 2003 I was awake at the moment my gastro grabbed a polyp with the tool & tore it off so I watched that little trick. Luckily, I didn't FEEL a thing! I always fall back asleep near the end of the procedure and then wake up wondering how I got turned over on the gurney and covered up, while feeling grateful for that conclusion! Good luck with your upcoming scope, DG! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 10/2/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I've asked about having them tape it and they always plead ignorance. This America-- so I am assuming they are afraid of litigation using the tape if anything goes wrong. I have always been awake enough to follow along, and it helps to pass the time, which is accelerated abit, even awake, once you are on the happy juice.
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Red_34
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   Posted 10/2/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I kind of seen my first one but I was only on light meds and all I can say is no way ever again! The pain was intense. Knock me out from now on and I'm a happy camper.
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/2/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting all around! Does anyone know, do they give you the stuff to "erase" your memory after the scope or before?

I'm not good with pain and don't want to deal with any pain. If I could watch w/o the risk of any pain, I'd be all for it. Although my questions would probably drive the doctor crazy!

How long does the actual scoping last?
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jujub
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   Posted 10/2/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
They start the IV, and the medications are added to the IV fluid, so they infuse throughout the procedure to keep you at an even, light level of sedation. The technique is called conscious sedation, and should always be attended by an anesthesiologist or an RN certified in it. I think some doctors who don't have easy access to that will just do IV meds before the procedure, but mine have always been done with conscious sedation. It leaves you awake enough to help them turn you, etc. but controls the pain and keeps your brain from forming memories of the event.
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I hate seeing my colon all messed up! I've never been awake during a colonoscopy, but have been for many flex sigs. My GI uses Demerol & Versed for the c-scopes, which I LOVE.... However, he uses nothing for flex sigs, not even a Valium! And he likes to go as high up as possible, round that first bend if the patient can handle it. I'm usually biting my knuckles, squeezing the nurses hand, whimpering like a baby with my eyes screwed shut. I remember the first time I saw the inside of my colon, I was horrified- so ulcerated & oozy & mucousy & bloody & just gross. 100% unhealthy looking. It saddened me. I don't even wat to see it now, I'll read the doctors report & talk with him & let him do the dirty work, so to speak. It really just bums me out too much- makes me feel like I ought to schedule surgery, just give up the good fight, ya know? Sorry to ehar the remicade isn't the magic bullet for you- good luck with the scope. Maybe they can give you something to prevent pain, heck an epidural or spinal would do that, but still allow you to be awake & aware. Although they probably wouldn't want to use those options due to possible spinal cord injury- a c-scope doesn't merit that type of pain med administration, when they can just knock you out a heckuva lot safer & easier.



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KatieBwithUC
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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a scope yesterday. I asked for some sedation and it pretty much put me all of the way to sleep. I felt a little bit of pressure (I was pretty sore) but they should be open to giving you a little something if you ask.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My last scope was on Jan2 2007. I did it with no med at all. I watched the whole thing, and it only took about 15min. There was no pain, just the discomfort when they filled me up with air. I was in and out within an hr. I don't think I'm gonna do it that way all the time from now on.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had two scopes today, upper and lower. I was OUT. I had two done last year, one with versed and some other med, and I guess I thrashed on the table (I don't remember it at all) so I am one of those people who need deeper sedation.

What is weird is that even when you have the deeper sedation you can still say "ow", the anestetheologist (?) said the like to keep the "ow" factor so the doctor knows when to take it easy.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my god I don't think I could EVER go through a colonoscopy without being COMPLETELY put out. You can stick thing up my butt, but do it while I'm unaware! I've seen my barium xrays or whatever they are and that was creepy enough! :)
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quincy
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   Posted 10/2/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I watch them all...but the last one, the doc gave me a tad bit more Versed. I hate the stuff, I was frustrated that I didn't remember too much of it...actually ticked because of it...but I do remember hearing him talking to me, how many biopsies, etc.
I'll discuss it with him about maybe not giving it to me next time.

Watching the "show" is the reward of the whole clean-out....while under the "influence" that is. But awake.

I did, however, hurt my shoulder the week before the scope, so that could have been part of the reason I was a bit more out of it than the other ones.

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kops2da
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   Posted 10/3/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   

quincy - you are so BRAVE!!

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quincy
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   Posted 10/3/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL...I've had 7,and the doc started the process of letting me see...awesome! I'm curious.

q
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~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


kops2da
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   Posted 10/3/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   

I have watched the sigmoid and on the internet - that is good enough for me.  I am always so appreciative of the fact that I have not had this as many years as you and admire you for the way to handle it!

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
canasa and proctofoam
colazal tried rowasa
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Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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