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Old 11-11-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Unless you are a woman who has given birth, sedation is totally unnecessary for colonoscopies. I've had about five of them, never with sedation. And never any problem or pain, either. If you are sedated, it means you cannot drive yourself home and have to go through the hassle of arranging for a friend to do it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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Unless you are a woman who has given birth, sedation is totally unnecessary for colonoscopies. I've had about five of them, never with sedation. And never any problem or pain, either. If you are sedated, it means you cannot drive yourself home and have to go through the hassle of arranging for a friend to do it.
I don't understand the correlation between sedation and having given birth. Can you please explain?
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: SWFL
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I don't understand the correlation between sedation and having given birth. Can you please explain?
I was just going to ask that. I don't have anyone to drive me anymore, so would appreciate the scoop on this staement. I have given birth and would like to try without sedation. WHY do they sedate you anyway? Does it hurt?
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:56 AM
 
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I woke up near the end of a dual procedure (EGD first) and I remember feeling the equipment coming out. It was NOT a pleasant feeling, I would not want to do the whole thing awake. FWIW I had 2 babies.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I don't understand the correlation between sedation and having given birth. Can you please explain?
I too am waiting with baited breath.....
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I was just going to ask that. I don't have anyone to drive me anymore, so would appreciate the scoop on this staement. I have given birth and would like to try without sedation. WHY do they sedate you anyway? Does it hurt?
probably not the most comfortable procedure Tami. Think about the doc pushing the tube through the colon, up and passed the pancreas as they go into the upper areas. You can certainly be awake but I chose sedation and was wide awake within an hour and a half and could have driven myself home. Didn't--but could have.
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I woke up near the end of a dual procedure (EGD first) and I remember feeling the equipment coming out. It was NOT a pleasant feeling, I would not want to do the whole thing awake. FWIW I had 2 babies.
yea,probably not pleasant but I would think it isn't incredibly painful. I'm thinking I may stay alert during my next one and watch the monitor.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I don't understand the correlation between sedation and having given birth. Can you please explain?
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I was just going to ask that. I don't have anyone to drive me anymore, so would appreciate the scoop on this staement. I have given birth and would like to try without sedation. WHY do they sedate you anyway? Does it hurt?
Unfortunately, I don't have any explanation! I was just reporting what a gasteroenterologist told me once. I should have stated that in my post. Sorry that I didn't.

No, it doesn't hurt. I would just say it's a bit uncomfortable at times.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:35 AM
 
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I was just going to ask that. I don't have anyone to drive me anymore, so would appreciate the scoop on this staement. I have given birth and would like to try without sedation. WHY do they sedate you anyway? Does it hurt?
I had a colonoscopy without any drugs. It was marginally uncomfortable when they "go around corners".

If you have given birth (and I have) supposedly your intestines are more convoluted, ergo more bendy bits ergo more discomfort and sedative is recommended.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 5 - uncomfortable but nothing awful. And being fully alert you can see everything which I thought was kinda cool. My husband also opted for no drugs and rated it a 3 on discomfort level.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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Thank you. now if i could only find another doctor I was comfortable with who was closer than the 35 miles I need to go. That's why I always refuse to have one done...I'm terrified I'll have an accident on the way up to her office.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:55 PM
 
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Unless this stuff of doing your prep right before your test is the new way and common, you are finished LONG before it is time for you to leave so there is very little if any chance of an "accident" on the way.

When I had mine done ten years ago, I was finished with my liquid prep at about 10pm and a suppository at 12 midnight the day before and my appointment was for like 10am in the morning.

The sedation helps in you not "fighting" the instrument, I don't understand why anyone would want to be awake anyway, you can get a video of it later if you want.

Unless things have changed you are NOT allowed to go alone, take a Cab, or Public Transportation, you must have a person there with you.

As we have mentioned, the drugs are pretty good.
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