I just had a colonoscopy about
a week and a half ago. It is probably my 15th colonoscopy...I lost count. The prep is the hardest part for me. It isnt painful or anything, just inconvenient. Not being able to eat all day, then flushing out your innards = just a bummer of a day.... The actual procedure isnt so bad and it is relatively fast. The meds they inject you with make me feel like a junkie getting ready for my fix - the stuff is great...my last colonoscopy was a conscious sedation...it was not painful but it was a bit uncomfortable...the meds made it so that I really didnt care much however... You might have a few days afterward where you bleed a bit more and have some more watery stools due to the biopsies, but it clears up...mine has gone back to my normal flare routine.... I just focus on the excellent medication I will be getting in my IV, and it makes the anxiety leading up to it, and the time during it, seem irrelevant...
I imagine after your colonoscopy results you will be put on the proper meds to deal with your condition... When I was first diagnosed years ago I used to be very embarassed to the point I developed a social anxiety issue... Easier said than done but try to keep calm about
it, try not to feel singled out and just try not to worry about
it - nobody else actually thinks about
it the way we do....we have the disease so it is on our minds 24/7, whereas most other people dont even give it a second thought... I joke about
it with myself now, and the people around me, which really helps.... It is great to have supportive family / girlfriend / etc...really helps a lot...
One thing I have learned about
diet changes -the effects are usually not immediate. You may experience some small results at first, but it seems to take quite some time before you see what the real effects are going to be. I have found that with stress as well - it seems that high stress can trigger a flare, and even though you remove the stress, it can take quite some time for the results.... I feel that food is the same way - if something is bothering you, and you remove it, it can take time for the results - and it differs with each person - so you have to get pretty scientific about
it, and have patience...
35 yr old male. UC for 15 years. location:
North Western PA DX:
Left sided UC, most recent scope 5/20/09 UPMC Pittsburgh PresbeterianMedications:
20mg pred (as of 4/27/09), 12x pills Asacol per day, 100mg Imuran per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, 20mg paxil per day, Super-omega fish oil pills - 1x per day, Flax oil pills - 1x am, 1x pm, Culturelle probiotics - 2x am, 1x pm, Vitamin B-12 injections weekly. Surgeries:
Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!) "I poop in the woods because I can"
Post Edited (mbx5) : 5/31/2009 5:28:05 AM (GMT-6)