Has anyone had an unsedated colonoscopy

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fawad malik
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   Posted 7/11/2018 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Just curious I want a colonoscopy sooner but my gi wants cardiac clearance first

Sara14
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   Posted 7/11/2018 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an unsedated sigmoidoscopy and it was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced. I will NEVER ever do that again.
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   Posted 7/11/2018 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one where there was not enough sedation and for the first two minutes I was in excruciating pain, screaming. I do not recommend it. The air they bump into your bowel is torture when you're inflamed!

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   Posted 7/11/2018 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Sara14 said...
I had an unsedated sigmoidoscopy and it was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced. I will NEVER ever do that again.


I had a couple of these and omg, I had the worst experiences. I couldn't handle the pain level at all, of course I was flaring severely and everything was uncomfortable. I kept feeling the urge too, literally jumped a few times.



Once I woke up during a scope. That was also a bad experience.

I've seen people here say they've done it unsedated though, and it was ok. smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 7/11/2018 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had unsedated flex sig and it was no problem at all. A bit of discomfort the first couple of minutes but that's it. MIND YOU - I was not flaring! So it really depends on the state of your UC.

Not sure what full c-scope would be like. I won't be doing it myself. My (non-UC) husband said he wants to try it next time he has to have one so he can drive himself home afterwards.
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   Posted 7/12/2018 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an unsedated flex. sigmoidoscopy while flaring (and pregnant) and it wasn't bad; I just told the doctor when I needed her to stop for a few seconds while I braced myself. The air blown in was what made it a bit uncomfortable. However, I wouldn't exactly choose an unsedated colonoscopy just because it would be around 45 minutes of uncomfortable, rather than just 15; although it would be cool to watch the screen and see what's going on real-time. : )

When I had my colonoscopy, I had a pediatric scope used which is smaller than what is usually used for adults (I'm a small woman). My G.I. Dr. requested it for me. That might help a little bit to make it more bearable if unsedated; though I think most of the discomfort comes from the air being blown in to open things up.
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   Posted 7/12/2018 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd say a colonoscopy unsedated in a remission would be bearable. A colonoscopy unsedated when flaring any more then very, very slightly would be just plain crazy.

I've had a number of flexible-sigmoidoscopies and the level of discomfort depends on whether you're in a remission or flare, and how badly you are flaring. In a remission, it was no big deal at with just a bit of pressure felt from the scope and the air injected and easy as can be. When flaring very badly, it just plain hurt badly, enough that I had a subconscious-reflex-response where I began reaching back to the source of the pain, and fortunately the nurse stopped my movement fast as soon as it started. Various levels of inflammation were between those two extremes, from a slight to mild discomfort (and me being glad it was just a 5-minute procedure). The saline, fleet prep is the best indicator on how bad the scope would be, if the salt-prep hurt then I was going to have a bad time, if the salt-prep had no sensation then it was going to be a good time.

Given a flex-sig is 1/2 as far and a much, much shorter procedure. I think a colonoscopy is 20-30 minutes, a bit more difficult to do with the additional turns and length.
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   Posted 7/12/2018 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I always have unsedated colonoscopy. It is not fun for sure but I always want to see how the colon looks inside, rather than the pictures. Only once I had sedated as I was in worst of the flare and I knew I wouldn't be able to handle it.

First time I had colonoscopy, I was given some injected. It supposedly slowed down the intestines and that gave me a little less pain but newer GI didn't know what that medication would be. So never got that again.

The pain is primarily because of the air that they push in so that they can move the scope further. After the scope, you keep farting for few hours to get that air out.
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   Posted 7/12/2018 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I always tell the anesthesiologist right beforehand "Dont let me wake up during this." Lol.
34 years old; diagnosed UC March 2007.
Latest scope: 9-29-16: "mild-to-moderate" chronic and active proctosigmoiditis (infectious cause). Battled reoccuring campylobacter & c diff. Oct-Dec 2016. Healthy since Dec. 25, 2016 until I started smoking May 2018. 25 mg pred. Trying to re-quit smoking. Maintenance meds: Delzicol, 6, 2xday; Rowasa nightly; Singular & Allegra for allergies; Xanax
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