I ended up having the sig today, as they called me on Friday to say it was moved up (originally it was to have been tomorrow. Not a big deal, but had to move a bunch of things around, so it was annoying. Oh well).
I did it without sedation and it went pretty much as everyone said. The most uncomfortable part was at the beginning when she kept going up and up and I thought it was going to come up through my throat! It was getting very uncomfortable, but that part didn't last long at all and when she pulled back I couldn't even feel it anymore and I had to look at the monitor to confirm it was still in there at all.
I didn't watch at all when I had my c-scope, so I don't know what it looks like when the colon is inflamed (which mine was at that time). This time things looked ok to me. The gross part is when the tissue samples are taken. If anyone is squeamish, don't watch that part! I cringed each time she snipped, and you see the poor colon start bleeding at that spot right away. But in reality I couldn't feel it happening. They found one polyp which she snipped away.
At the end of it all she confirmed my impression that everything was good. I don't have to see her for another year unless I start experiencing symptoms.
An advantage to not having the sedation - which I didn't really need - was there was a lot less pre and post procedure care. So not only was the procedure itself quicker, the whole process went a lot faster.
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009. Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09.