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I am new to this board. I have been sick since a bad case of salmonella 15 months ago.First thought I had divertiulitis. Still not sure. did a sigmoidoscopy, but could only go half way up. It was so painful. Dr.sez this happens with people who have IBS, because the colon is so sensitive. I am schedule for a colonoscopy next month and I am freaking out. Please someone tell me about it.I have almost constant chronic cramping on the left side (like you are going to get your period), sometimes more severe then other times. I am taking some fiber to help my bowels. It makes me go more ofter, but it is still very hard. What does everyone else take? What do you think works best. My pain is not occassional it seems to be with me most of the time, how about everyone else.I am not sure how to check respones to this board, do you have to try and find your post again. Please email me. Thanks, Debbieweplant###aol.com
 

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debbie, a colonoscopy is really no big deal, they will give you something to clean you out, which is the worst part you will be on toilet the whole evening. Then when you get there, they will give you an iv, and you will pretty much be out of it for the whole thing when you wake up you wont remember a thing. You can trust me on this one, i have always been scared of going to the doctor and terrified of needles, when i found i had to have this test done, i freaked out. but i soon found i worried for nothing its very easy to get through. The hard part is drinking the stuff that cleans you out. It is just plain nasty. I dont know if they told you or not, but you can mix some country time lemonade in with it so it doesnt taste so bad, and trust me you will definately need it. I hope this helps you some. Good luckBeth
 
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Don't freak out about a colonoscopy, there is really no reason to. You will have to do a preparation the day before the procedure. There are different kinds of preps, but the one I had was pretty easy. You will probably spend a lot of time in the bathroom (so get something to read), your butt might get sore, and in the morning (if you are like me) you will be a little weak from the lack of nourishment, since you won't be able to eat or drink until it is over with. About a half hour before the actual procedure, you will undress, a nurse will ask you a few questions, take a few vital signs, and might give you something to calm you down, if she thinks that you need it, or you ask for it. She will also explain the whole procedure to you, so you can ask any questions that you like. Just before the actual procedure is done, they will give you an IV and an anaesthetic. It won't knock you out, but you will be in a state of consciousness where you don't feel any pain, but are awake. The doc will insert a long tube with a camera on the end into the rectum, and slowly and gently move it along the entire length of the colon to inspect for polyps, inflammation or other abnormalities. If at ANY time, you feel pain, you can ask the doctor for more medication. You can even be knocked out if you really want to be. The only discomfort I felt was when air was pumped into the colon in order that corners could be turned without causing any damage to the surface of the colon. It felt sort of like a bad gas cramp, but no worse. If you want, you can watch the whole procedure on a tv monitor and ask the doc any questions you want. I did, and it was kind of neat. The whole thing takes about 15 minutes, and you can go home about an hour after it is over. The peace of mind knowing that there is nothing seriously wrong is worth it.[This message has been edited by brianfromparkview (edited 11-07-2000).]
 

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Colonoscopy... Truly no big deal. I've had two. The worst part is the day before clean out. That's just because your have D. The test is over so quick, you'll wonder what you were worried about. Good luck!
 
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Sigmoid is horrible. The colonoscopy will be easy compared to it. You don't feel a thing during the procedure. I think everyone has had one and we are able to tell about it. The night before I had mine, my husband decided to paint the bathroom. I had to duck under plastic everytime I went to the bathroom (every 5 minutes). I can look back and laught about it now. Good luck, you'll be fine.
 
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Hi Debbie--I'm also new here, but sounds like I have the exact same symptoms as you. I'm going in December for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy and I'm not looking forward to drinking a gallon of that Colyte. My lord. Sounds like it's not as bad as a sigmoidoscopy though. I have constant pain now on my lower left side. All night as well. Got so bad I felt like going to the emergency room a couple times. Anyway good luck and let us know how it goes.
 
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A colonoscopy is no problem!!! I didn't feel a thing. The worst part was that awful stuff they make you drink the night before to clean out your system. It was totally painless!!!
 
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