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Colonoscopy - eek!

(12 Posts)
Munchkin1412 Wed 15-Mar-17 18:34:16

Help! Has anyone had one? Any advice? I'll need to take the day off work but will I need anyone with me?

MrsPnut Wed 15-Mar-17 18:36:52

If you have sedation and I would recommend you do then you will need someone to collect you after the procedure. You will also need to be near the loo when taking the prep the day before so you may need the day off or to work from home.
You also cannot drive for 24 hours after the sedation so getting to and from work may be tricky.

I've had a few colonoscopies and they are a bit uncomfortable but not really painful.

flapjackfairy Wed 15-Mar-17 18:38:41

I dreaded mine but can honestly say it was nowhere near as bad as i imagined.
Take someone yes . You wont be able to drive anyway and good to have company whilst waiting etc.
You wont remember much due to sedation which was best bit. Had a lovely long snooze atfterwards!
Oh and medicine to make you poo beforehand means dont make any plans for night before. But even that wasnt as bad as people said
Good luck x.

goldangel Wed 15-Mar-17 18:47:07

I had one about 12 years ago, I went alone and was totally fine after.

goldangel Wed 15-Mar-17 18:49:18

Please ignore my post, I read colposcopy 😳 sorry, best wishes

Munchkin1412 Wed 15-Mar-17 20:22:04

Weirdly my friend had a colposcopy today! Hmm thanks - not sure who I'll be able to get to come with me but I've got a few weeks to work something out. I'll be getting the train there and back but I'll need someone to do pick up from
Nursery too if I can't drive - looks like DP is cancelling his work night out! Thanks x

missyB1 Wed 15-Mar-17 20:24:14

You will be fine, worst bit is taking the prep the day before to clean you out! Have a bit of sedation to relax you (you won't actually be asleep though).

witwootoodleoo Wed 15-Mar-17 20:28:12

A lot of hospitals will only give you sedation if you have someone to accompany you to and from the hospital because you will be zonked.

I actually had one the other week and opted not to have sedation because I didn't want to be put of it afterwards and it was totally fine smile I asked for a painkiller and no sedation. They did the painkillers via a canula so that if I found it all too much I could ask for the sedation. It was uncomfortable but not painful. I'd totally do it that way again if I had to have another one smile

FaithAgain Thu 16-Mar-17 07:04:04

For me the prep was worse than the procedure. I had the sedation, they gave me gas and air. It was uncomfortable at times but not painful. I'm glad I had the sedation. The experience is a hazy memory.

BoobleMcB Thu 16-Mar-17 08:48:57

Mine was fine. Nowhere near as bad as I expected. Have gas and air, it has a mild sedative effect but is also a painkiller. Plus the recovery time is minutes rather than hours so you'll be discharged WAY sooner.

The problem with the sedation is that it's a VERY small dose anyway and isn't a painkiller so you'd still feel it

Abraiid2 Thu 16-Mar-17 09:19:33

They aren't that bad. Back to work the next day a few pounds lighter!

Seeing inside the colon is actually quite interesting.

BoobleMcB Thu 16-Mar-17 10:01:34

In fact, I liked the gas and air that much I'd have another just for that! grin

The only uncomfortable bit was when the doctor had to "lubricate the passageway" his fingers were HUGE shock. I didn't even feel the camera

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