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   Posted 11/26/2012 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Today was not very nice! I had my doctors appointment to discuss my ongoing dyspepsia and anxiety so I was pretty uptight already. Yesterday, the students in my classroom managed to lose one of the snakes I keep so I was very edgy to say the least (we found the snake in a book case - it is a stimsons python and very harmless and gentle). When I went to the toilet this morning I had another episode of pretty scary rectal bleeding. In fact I freaked out completely!

Approximately two years ago I had my first rectal bleeding issue. I had copious amounts of bright red blood in the bowl and on the paper. My GP (who I believe is outstanding) performed a telescopic examination in his room (quite uncomfortable, but nothing to scream about). He found a haemorrhoid just inside and he told me that was the reason for the bleeding. Since then, it has happened a number of times under the same circumstances so I just assumed it was the same reason.

So in I walked to my doctor and in between some very anxious tears (I'm a 39 year old male and obviously a sook!) I unloaded all my anxiety onto him. Firstly he stated that the chance of both my dyspepsia and rectal bleeding issues are sinister are remote in the extreme, however because of my anxiety problem, he thought it would be a good idea to have a colonoscopy and endoscopy so I could put my demons to rest. At this I also freaked! However he told me the visiting surgeon (I live in a small rural town in the Southwest of Western Australia) will do both tests together under light anaesthetic.

Help! What can I expect and how bad will this be to experience? I now have to wait until the surgeon contacts me to book the tests then I have to have them. I am terrified!

If anyone could please discuss this with me it would be most appreciated.

Thank you,


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   Posted 11/27/2012 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   

The worst part is the cleaning out before the colonoscopy, seriously! With the sedation you will be pretty much asleep. I do remember a bit of discomfort for a few seconds with my first colonoscopy, but I have had gas pain way worse.
I am due for my colonoscopy in a year and they only part I hate is the clean out. If they do the sedation like here in the US, you'll be given good drugs and sleep through it.

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   Posted 11/27/2012 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   

I had both the colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time about 7 years ago (I had similar symptoms as yours with the rectal bleeding). As Bill says the cleaning out part is the worst shouldn't even feel anything. They sedated me. Not sure how much you are being sedated. I had no discomfort after either, none that I can remember. Our anxieties always seem to make things worse! Hang in there. You will be fine!

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   Posted 11/27/2012 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had the endoscopy. I had myself all worked up for no reason. It is nothing. I have anxiety also so I understand how this is, but it will be over before you know it.
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