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Colonoscopy.

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Agnieszka Wed 30-Sep-20 01:12:32

Hello everyone.
After an appointment with my GP......she has referred me for an urgent examination of the Colon, via a Colonoscopy.
I am of course a little anxious about having this procedure, and just wondered if any lady on this site has experience of this.
I will be grateful for any responses.
Kind regards to you all
Thank you
Agnieszka. x

Oopsadaisy4 Wed 30-Sep-20 05:11:43

Don’t worry, before your Colonoscopy you will have an appointment at the hospital with an adviser ( I saw a nurse) who will run through everything about the procedure with you. Ask any and all questions with them when you go.

They will give you the meds to take before you go to the hospital on the day, when you take them, don’t stray more than 3 feet away from the loo, eventually you will be on the loo for around 4 hours or so, take a book in with you, because you won’t be off of it at all!
The next morning at the hospital, you will be offered Valium or similar, I had one but I know people who wanted to be aware of what was going on and they didn’t take up the offer, if you have a sedative you must have someone with you to take you home.
You will be given a gown to wear and a pair of very fetching paper shorts, I kept my T shirt on, your bag with your clothes in will be carried in with you to the room.
BP will be taken, I was given Oxygen but I have Asthma so that’s probably why.
You don’t go to sleep and are able to move around when asked, but I don’t remember much about the actual procedure, at all stages before I had it, they asked me if I was aware of what was going to happen and ( it was the week before Christmas) if I wanted the results straight away or after the holidays. I opted to be told straight away.
A nurse sat by my side all through the examination and I was in there for half an hour or so, but in total there for 3 hours, but they warn you that you might be at the hospital for some time due to delays.
Afterwards you go into recovery and get a cup of tea, when I was Ok to leave I was given some paperwork with photos of the polyps that were removed and was talked through what they had found,( large polyp, but precancerous) biopsy’s were done and the result was confirmed after Christmas.
I had a follow up Sigmoidoscopy 6 months after and another Polyp was found that was benign too, but I am now under the hospital and will have to go for another Colonoscopy next year ( no more Poohing on sticks for me!)
The worst part of it for me was the laxatives, but now I know what to expect it will be easier next time.
Try not to worry.

LullyDully Wed 30-Sep-20 08:15:09

It really isn't as worrying as you might expect and you will be well taken care of. It really sounds a lot worse than it is . Best wishes.

Charleygirl5 Wed 30-Sep-20 09:03:22

I did not want or need a sedative or pain relief. I felt the instrument being inserted into my rear end but it was over and done with instantly. I tried to watch what was going on on screen.

Buy some cream to soothe your rear end because that will be the worst I think. Each hospital is different and my preparation to empty my bowels went on for many hours hence the soreness.

I had 2 polyps removed and felt zilch.
Good luck.

InnocentBystander Wed 30-Sep-20 11:47:45

Agnieszka, it really isn't an ordeal at all. The worst part is in the worries in your head, oh and having to drink all that Moviprep, Picolax, or whichever depth charge they give you! Follow all the instructions for the colon prep and relax. I had no sedatives at all and it was really not even really uncomfortable, let alone painful. Love your name by the way! A lovely Polish lady is an audiologist at my local hospital and she is called Agnieszka too. Good Luck with the outcome of the investigation.

InnocentBystander Wed 30-Sep-20 11:51:25

Just to support Charleygirl's advice to anoint your bum with an emollient for the Saturn V rocket that will be your rear with the laxative - I used Vaseline. I daresay some acid passes through and would make your sphincter a bit sore without a barrier.

cornergran Wed 30-Sep-20 23:18:19

Another recommendation for Vaseline from me. I wasn’t offered a sedative and didn’t find the procedure painful or particularly embarrassing. It was actually interesting, I could see the screen and was given a commentary. Please don’t worry agnieszka, it will all be explained to you and you’ll find the staff are thoughtful and supportive.

Chewbacca Wed 30-Sep-20 23:27:29

Saturn V rocket that will be your rear

grin a perfect summation of the enema process!

Agnieszka Fri 02-Oct-20 00:14:50

Hello everyone.
Thank you so much for the feedback.
I am greatly reassured and less stressed, after reading about your personal experiences.
Yes I am Polish InnocentBystander, and my name is often admired by Scottish ladies.......but actually not so much in my native country, where it is very popular and maybe a bit overused!!!!!!
Anyway, many thanks to you all, and hopefully I will have this test soon and receive a good outcome.
Kind regards.

Agnieszka. x