Hi Viva - I've had the flexible sig with only a valium pill about
8 years ago and they could not complete it as I was in pain - only did about
70% and even at that had to stop 2-3 times. I don't consider myself a big baby but I could not hack it at all. I wouldn't even want to think about
a full blown colonoscopy without one.
Maybe you have a very high threshold for pain but my recommendation would be to not subject yourself to the discomfort. My husband who has had many of these had one up north with no sedation and said it wasn't too bad. However he has had 3 since we moved to Florida and all with the sedation and even he says that's the way to go.
Let's see what the general consensus is from the veteran ucer's out there.
Good luck and let us know how you make out. 5 years is a good amount of time to be functional the way you are and I hope that it continues for you forever!
60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40 mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg