Air trapped in gut post-colonoscopy

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the thinker
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   Posted 9/27/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
72 hours post-colonoscopy, I still have air trapped in the abdomen. The first day was quite painful, it even hurt to walk. Yesterday I saw maybe a 2% improvement...today, too soon to tell I guess. I hope I'm right in assuming that this is trapped air and that it will eventually work its way out. If this were the result of a perforation I guess there would be escalating symptoms associated with that?

The procedure took only 10-15 minutes, but I suspect that I may have been "over-inflated" for the festivities, because I remember that the nurse kept reminding me to breathe more deeply, and it was difficult to do so as my diaphragm didn't seem to have a lot of room to move at the time.

Does anybody know of a way to speed up the de-inflation? Am I naive in assuming that it's only trapped air? I've had this procedure before without ill effect.

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   Posted 9/27/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had trapped air last about three days once. Not fun. One thing I found that helps is peppermint tea. I don't know why to tell the truth but it helps with the gas pain. I've never had a perforation but I imagine it would hurt extremely bad and you would know something is wrong.
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rpgdancer
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   Posted 9/27/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
i was told to lay on my back and roll back and forth. if possible, bring your knees up to your chest then roll back and forth. it has worked for me in the past.

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   Posted 9/27/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
two things to try:

1. Get on your hands and knees, tucking your head and upper body close as possible with your rear end in the air. Some types of gas like to "rise" and this might help move things along.

2. Try a suppository ... hold it in as long as possible until you feel a sense of urgency. I've had to use this trick before as a last resort and it worked. Expelling the gas was almost painful but it got the job done.
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   Posted 9/27/2010 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a lot of discomfort after my last colonoscopy, I googled, colonoscopy gas pain & it took me to a site that gave you yoga moves to do...worked very well.

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   Posted 9/27/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't worry about a perforation.  If that were to happen during your colonscopy it's their responsibility to tell you right there and then and then do something about it.  I guess what I am trying to say is that if they felt there was a perforation it wouldn't be in their or your own self interest to let you be discharged.  Try the peppermint tea and try to fart.
 
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RH_Texas_Gal
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   Posted 9/27/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
also, you might want to apply a heating pad to your abdomen. While it won't make you pass gas, it could help you with the pain ...
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   Posted 9/27/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
While laying on your back grab your knee and gradually pull them to your chest... this can expel trapped gas and also as a fringe benefit give you lumbar spine a very nice smooth stretch.
Dx'd with moderate Pancolits 05/07 better with Pentasa and rectal meds as needed.
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deltaforce
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   Posted 9/27/2010 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Try pavanmuktasan pose of yoga

http://yogameditationindia.com/asana_img_01.htm (Search for pavanmuktasan on this page), helps a lot.

BTW, were you given any injection just before colonoscopy?, still the effect should not go this long.

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I just give suggestions. You decide what to do with it.


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   Posted 9/27/2010 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
lie on the stomach

the thinker
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   Posted 9/27/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the feedback all. Looks like a lot of people have been there before. I've tried a bit of everything including the pavanmuktasan, peppermint tea, hot bath, rocking back and forth, the front-down-butt-up position, and I'm making progress. Slowly. Also the shoulderstand (sarvangasana) is pretty effective. Somebody posted earlier (in a different thread) that the GI has the option of removing/vacuuming out the air at the end of the exam. If that's true then it's perfectly in character for my (ex)GI not to have exercised that option.

And yes, I was sedated, albeit grudgingly, by the GI, but I had to insist on it. I'm wondering, do they make less money if they incur the expense of sedating you?

hibiskiss121
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   Posted 11/22/2013 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
If you dont have one buy a large exercise or yoga ball. Get on your hands and knees with the ball on your gut. Roll you body gently around the ball to what ever position that gives u relief. Just kind of roll your abdomen over the ball with your hands and knees on the ground and massage your gut with it. Wow it works wonders. Putting slight pressure on different areas moves the gas. yeah

quincy
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   Posted 11/23/2013 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
The exercise ball is definitely a good idea.

It's also a good help with cramping.
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   Posted 11/24/2013 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
hibiskiss,

Welcome to the forum.

Great idea, thanks for sharing.
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   Posted 11/18/2015 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hibiskiss121 said...
If you dont have one buy a large exercise or yoga ball. Get on your hands and knees with the ball on your gut. Roll you body gently around the ball to what ever position that gives u relief. Just kind of roll your abdomen over the ball with your hands and knees on the ground and massage your gut with it. Wow it works wonders. Putting slight pressure on different areas moves the gas. yeah

Just want to post a huge THANK YOU for this.

Had my first colonoscopy today and after 5 hours of severe abdominal pain and trying everything I read I finally found this post. 30 minutes on the yoga ball and gas is still finding it's way out! The relief is huge. I found a side-to-side movement with pressure over the lower abdomen is really effective. I had tried massage but the pressure is not enough - body weight on a yoga ball is just right.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

the thinker
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   Posted 11/18/2015 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again everyone! Had completely forgotten about this gruesome little episode. It took two weeks to get back to normal. Two weeks of extreme discomfort. If I was lying down and turned from one side to the other, I could feel the contents of my gut sloshing around - or more accurately, staying in place while the rest of me turned. Grossly uncomfortable.

What it all comes down to is, the Dr. in question is a rude, arrogant, incompetent self-important little sack of - extrudate. I just now looked him up on an MD rating site. People's comments ranged from fulsome 5-star praise to - the truth: bottom of the barrel. I've since had the pleasure of steering a couple of people away from this pompous cretin.

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   Posted 11/20/2015 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Had mine 2 weeks ago, couldn't stand up straight for 3 days. Horrible pain, bloating, couldn't eat. I tried everything people have said below - yoga moves (I take yoga on a regular basis anyway so knew some moves to do), lie on stomach, walk around to get things moving, heating pad. Nothing worked. I ended up in the hospital due to the pain - they never figured out what was wrong, maybe a tiny perforation that healed itself in a day or two. They did have me take 4 Mylanta (Gas-X 125mg works too) chewable tablets a day in the hospital. That really helped. One after each meal and one before bed. I'll start that right after the test from now on.

I'm convinced they put WAY too much air in your for the short test these days. They also use CO2 now which is supposed to be absorbed by your body. I don't believe that is the case for everybody however, as I know it was not the case for me. And it doesn't seem to expel as easily either like the normal air used to. And I feel it makes them lazy in sucking the air out. My old GI used to spray some liquid form of Gas-X after the test too - wish they would still do that.
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