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Old 06-20-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Greater Greenville, SC
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As most people say, the prep is definitely the worst part. I felt great afterwards, but I have a friend who just had one, and she said she had cramping for a couple of days after hers.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Thanks! I feel a little less worried about it now.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Years ago I had to have one while I was in the hospital with pancreatitis and had nothing by mouth anyway for days so prep was really nothing. I was awake the whole time and I remember exclaiming how beautiful it all was. It was so clean and pink and looked like a work of art. Doc said "Well maybe I can make a few wallet size pictures for you to share with your friends." You don't want to start laughing while on the table having this done.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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However, skip forward about 20 years and I had a terrible time with prep. twice I drank the poison and I was going so much I was afraid to get in the car for fear of making a mess. They don't like it when you cancel and I felt bad but I sure don't want to ruin myself or my car. Any suggestions on how to keep that from happening again?
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Well, everyone is correct, the prep is the worst part. Of course, they used a sedative (I think it was called Versa?) and along with that an amnesiac, so I would not remember anything, so I could have been howling in pain for all I knew.
An amnesiac? I've never heard of that. They don't do that at my local gastroenterology ctr. I've had a colonoscopy twice with no sedative. Not a big deal.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:00 AM
 
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And now, for the lighter side of a colonoscopy...


Bill Engvall - Colonoscopy - YouTube


Jeff foxworthy - colonoscopy - YouTube
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Personally, I think that these routine colonoscopies are unnecessary. If you have no complaints why do them??
Looking for something - cancer screening? - Seek and ye shall find.
Suggestion is a powerful force.
Especially when you are at the mercy of someone you deem all wise.

If you have comlaints most of them should be obvious to any MD.
Another money maker for the medicos.

I will never submit to them.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I want peace of mind, so I decided to do this even though I'm only 48 (turning 49 on Oct. 18th). I don't know yet if the prep is the worst part, since my colonoscopy is at 1:00 today, but I almost vomited twice from drinking the last two doses of MoviPrep earlier this morning. However, I can safely say that I am no longer full of sh*t! I read somewhere that MoviPrep tastes like Lemon Pledge smells. That's about right. Gross! I'm not hungry, even though I haven't eaten since noon yesterday. Maybe it's because of the hideous headache that took me over today. It's like a hangover headache (probably the same cause - dehydration!). My fingers are crossed that everything will go well.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I want peace of mind, so I decided to do this even though I'm only 48 (turning 49 on Oct. 18th). I don't know yet if the prep is the worst part, since my colonoscopy is at 1:00 today, but I almost vomited twice from drinking the last two doses of MoviPrep earlier this morning. However, I can safely say that I am no longer full of sh*t! I read somewhere that MoviPrep tastes like Lemon Pledge smells. That's about right. Gross! I'm not hungry, even though I haven't eaten since noon yesterday. Maybe it's because of the hideous headache that took me over today. It's like a hangover headache (probably the same cause - dehydration!). My fingers are crossed that everything will go well.

hope the test results are ok!!

I had my very first colonoscopy on Monday of this week.
The prep was not bad at all once I added Crystal Light to the mixture. A lot to drink in a short time but I did it!!! Once at the hospital and the IV was in place, I was given something to relax me and man oh man--did it ever!! I want some of whatever that was everyday
Once in the room where the procedure was to be done the Anest. told me he was putting something in my IV to put me to sleep----bam.............I was back in my room.
Easiest procedure I've EVER had done.
They found and removed 8 polyps and said they,of course will go to pathology but all looked fine.

The ONLY issue I continue to have is that by mid day on day 2 after it, I began having pain on my left side. Three days later the pain is still there; annoying to say the least. One of my friends said she was told it could be the pancreas reacting to being bothered but that it should stop soon--hope so.

I encourage everyone to have this test if age or symptoms warrant it.
I was afraid and told one of my friends as much. She replied,"you're afrid to have it and I'm afraid NOT TO!!"
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Well, that procedure was a breeze... The worst part was waiting for a room (one of the previous doctors took longer than he was supposed to, and it was like a domino effect). As soon as they wheeled me into the procedure room, and helped me roll onto my left side, I was out!

When my doctor said hi to me a few minutes before, I asked him if I could get pictures. His reply: "I think we can get a couple of pictures for you. After all, it's almost time to start sending out Christmas cards." When I laughed, he said, "That wasn't what you had in mind?" I'm so glad he has a sense of humor!

I was actually more worried about the aftereffects of the anesthesia; the last time I had general anesthesia, I ended up vomiting all night (this was after I had my tubes tied "old style"; my doctor didn't do a laparoscopic tubal ligation), and I thought my wound was going to open up and bleed everywhere. This is very different - much better! Although I just woke up from a two hour nap, I feel fine now. I'm still not supposed to drive or make major decisions until 24 hours have passed, of course.

I was sent home with a letter that said my prep was excellent, and there were no polyps, only internal hemorrhoids. Everything was completely normal. I don't have to do this again for another 5-10 years. Yay!

I would also encourage everyone I know who is either at risk or old enough to be screened, to have this done. It's really not that bad - and it can save your life if something abnormal is found!
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