Help - Pain after colonoscopy
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:59 AM
Linda, the description of your symptoms match what happened not just once (2002) but twice (2013) to my significant other. (In between she had a "normal" colonoscopy with no problems.) The problem was (and as I write this still is a problem) a lacerated spleen, caused by the doctor pushing the tool too aggressively as he tried to get it past the "Spleener Curve" (as one doctor referred to it), causing the tube to push against the spleen and lacerating it. The first time she nearly bled to death. This time we got to the ER earlier and she's not in big-time recovery mode. Her mobility is hugely impaired. She feels much pain on the left side of her abdomen, which will remain, though it will diminish, for some time yet. The only good news is that she has not lost her spleen. The ER doctor did some research and found that there are very few cases of this happening, and none of the doctors at the hospital had ever heard of it before.
She will never, ever again have a traditional colonoscopy as a result of this.
One key factor that came out of this second occurrence is that it's important to bug the clinic and bug the clinic until they accept that they've done something horrible that needs immediate attention. My SO called several times before she talked with a doctor who understood that this is not just the normal pains associated with a colonoscopy. The others all said that once she passed some more gas she'd feel fine. Basically, "Go away. Don't bug us. You're being a baby."
This is serious stuff and potentially deadly.