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Old 06-20-2020, 06:36 PM
 
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I’m a 60 yo female who had my first colonoscopy 18 days ago. Everything was fine with the prep and I had one polyp removed. The first couple of days I seemed to be getting back to normal, but then about 10 days after I developed embedded gas. The pain got so bad, I went to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack. My heart was fine also blood work, but there was a partially collapsed lung found on a chest X-ray on the right side likely due to abdominal extension. I reached out to the GI dr who performed the procedure and he did not respond. I have since found another GI dr who stated this is likely gas and it will take time to resolve. My primary care dr said the same thing.

Here I am at day 18 with gurgling sometimes painful gas that moves all over. At least there’s progress, it started as embedded now the gas is moving and expelling. I’ve looked high and low on google and do not see this come up in literature or on forums as an issue. I talk to friends and family and no one has had this kind of issue. Is there anyone who’s encountered this problem this far out from a colonoscopy?
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Old 06-20-2020, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Just like they pump the air in (insufflate) they can also pump it out (exsufflate) but for whatever reason they don't like to do that - they'd rather make countless fart jokes. And it's sometimes far from funny, in your case. I intend to ask my doc about it if I can ever get rescheduled....also, the use of CO2 is recommended over air.
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Old 06-20-2020, 08:16 PM
 
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But the air wouldn't last 18 days


What are you eating to cause buildup of gas?
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Old 06-20-2020, 08:20 PM
 
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But the air wouldn't last 18 days


What are you eating to cause buildup of gas?
I’ve been eating a bland diet since the procedure
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:09 PM
 
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Were you awake or semi awake for the procedure or were you put out? Are you eating eggs, which can cause very bad gas and takes a long time to go away.
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:19 PM
 
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Were you awake or semi awake for the procedure or were you put out? Are you eating eggs, which can cause very bad gas and takes a long time to go away.
I was put out with propofol.

Yes Im eating eggs, but I was eating them daily pre-procedure.

Believe me my mind went to bowel perforation, but a chest xray was done in ER. Also my blood work is fine, no fever. The gas when painful is all over not in one spot. BM this morning was pretty painful gas wise.
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Old 06-21-2020, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: Sorry to hear all you are going thru, makes me think it probably is not unusual as so many of these procedures are done...HOPE you will get a resolve soon...makes me glad I've never done one as I've avoided them...Take Care.
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Old 06-21-2020, 11:38 AM
 
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OP: Sorry to hear all you are going thru, makes me think it probably is not unusual as so many of these procedures are done...HOPE you will get a resolve soon...makes me glad I've never done one as I've avoided them...Take Care.
Thank you jaminhealth. I wasn’t thrilled to do this, but colon cancer is on my maternal line, including my 44 yo health nut cousin (passed away less than two yrs after stg 4 diag ) My mom and sister had precancerous polyps too. I had one precancerous one removed with this procedure.
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Old 06-21-2020, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Thank you jaminhealth. I wasn’t thrilled to do this, but colon cancer is on my maternal line, including my 44 yo health nut cousin (passed away less than two yrs after stg 4 diag ) My mom and sister had precancerous polyps too. I had one precancerous one removed with this procedure.
I hear you and know that when we go to docs they will "find" issues and procedures to do. All my family that I know of never or if they had issues didn't know and lived long lives...they had none of these procedures back then...I'm just coming from an OLD person's life and experiences. Again, hope you get better.
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Old 06-21-2020, 12:27 PM
 
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I hear you and know that when we go to docs they will "find" issues and procedures to do. All my family that I know of never or if they had issues didn't know and lived long lives...they had none of these procedures back then...I'm just coming from an OLD person's life and experiences. Again, hope you get better.
Age is just a number jamin
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