The worst thing about a colonoscopy...

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by ksm, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. ksm

    ksm Well-Known Member

    Is the prep...drinking awful things...taking pills that make you go and go...the feeling of doom that you won't make it to the restroom on food for an extended time...then you get to have an IV...

    But the absolutely worst thing? When the doctor checks your chart and says, I don't understand why you are here? Your records indicate you were to have the next one in 2019. WT???

    I told him, I did not make the appointment, your staff called me and scheduled it!

    So...I had my colonoscopy...found and removed a polyp. Next time 5 years...


  2. mof

    mof Momdidntsignupforthis

    Oh KSM...

    I think this week will go down in history....for better or worse! Well..your free..for 5 yrs!!!

    Enjoy something yummy for you!!!
  3. ksm

    ksm Well-Known Member

    And to ad insult to injury...I will have to pay my copay for the facility...and the physician...

  4. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    I agree with you.

    Hubby is actively avoiding scheduling his. The doctor's office called, I gave him the message, he ignored it, the office called again, I told them he didn't want one but maybe they could convince him, and gave them his cell number. Hubby was not amused.
  5. pasajes4

    pasajes4 Well-Known Member

    I had to prep for an entire week. I was on liquids for meals, pills, go lightly (not), and some nasty stuff in a bottle twice a day. The actual procedure was a cake walk except that it was incomplete. It turns out that I have a freakishly long colon and they were unable to view the last third. I was then sent to radiology and pumped full of gas and had an iv of contrast in order to do a virtual colonoscopy. Oh the humanity. My best guy friend had taken me for these procedures and was treated to the sounds of passing gas with every step I took. It was so humiliating.
  6. RN0441

    RN0441 100% better than I was but not at 100% yet

    Good thing you had it anyway since they found a polyp!!
    I had my first one last year (4 years late). I put it off too.
    I had mentally prepared myself for the worst so it wasn't all that bad.
    I thought the worst part was when I woke up during the procedure and saw God knows what on that screen! Then I realized what was going on! I for one, do not want to see my innards!!
    I was ravishingly hungry afterwards and a bit week but done for ten years!
  7. ksm

    ksm Well-Known Member

    Colonoscopies arent that bad...I just didn't like having it 2 or 3 years early!

    My first recollection yesterday was drinking grape juice! I don't remember coming out of the procedure room, sitting up, anyone talking to me... Just drinking grape juice!

    I had a good nap when I got home. Went out for supper.

  8. Lil

    Lil Well-Known Member

    Wow must be the time for it. Just had my first - I kept telling the doctor NO for three years - two weeks ago. The stuff they had me drink wasn't bad. Dissolved completely and was tasteless in water or juice. But 18 cups of the stuff between 4 p.m. and bedtime! I surprisingly didn't have to get up in the middle of the night more than once though.

    Worst part for me - before the procedure the doctor is doing background and asks me what I do for a living. I tell him. Before he leaves the room he starts asking me for free legal advice about his child support!!! :eek: Really???
  9. ksm

    ksm Well-Known Member

    Lil - send him a consult fee!! Lol!

  10. AppleCori

    AppleCori Well-Known Member

    It indeed must be colonoscopy season!

    I'm getting mine in October.

    Too bad we all didn't get together and coordinate our schedules!

    We could have cheered each other on through the starvation and yucky drink drinking time.

    Even swapping bathroom stories could have been fun!

    Alas, maybe next time!
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  11. Lil

    Lil Well-Known Member

    Yeah - see you all in five years! :rofl:
  12. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    I know the best part of a colonoscopy...after it's over :roflmao::roflmao:
  13. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    After the nightmare endoscopy I endured a few years back, I have flatly refused to do a colonoscopy. It took me six MONTHS to recover, and the first 2-3 days were some of the worst pain I have ever endured. As bad as my system can be on its own, I won't mess with it this way unless things get a LOT worse.

    I feel for you all who have gone through this. You have my sincere sympathy.
  14. Lil

    Lil Well-Known Member

    Who decided all this crapola happens at 50 anyway? AARP starts stalking you and doctors think they need to look where no one has gone before. :thumbsdown:

    I'd actually forgotten that I missed work the next day because I apparently overdid it afterwards, ate too much, hiked too much (went mushroom picking and got lost), because I was in horrible pain the night after and ended up sitting in a fetal position on the couch all night until about 5 a.m. Other than that, the experience itself wasn't that bad. Not good, mind you...
  15. pasajes4

    pasajes4 Well-Known Member

    My next colonoscopy is due in 10 years. It will be a virtual colonoscopy which is awful. You still have to prep, but you don't get knocked out for it. You just get pumped with air and have a tube stuck where the sun don't shine. Your stomach hurts like crazy and you pass gas like crazy for 3 days.
  16. Lil

    Lil Well-Known Member

    Why the heck would they NOT knock you out for it!?!:eek:
  17. pasajes4

    pasajes4 Well-Known Member

    You have to be able to respond to their directions to move this way or that way. The tube inflates or deflates as needed.
  18. Lil

    Lil Well-Known Member

    Wow. Put me down for ANTI virtual colonoscopy. No friggin way. Jeeze. The thought gives me the shivers.

    They told me come back in 5 years if there was anything "pre-cancerous" and 10 years if there wasn't anything. Lucky me, two polyps and they were 50/ pre and one not at all. I personally think that should buy me 7 1/2 years, but they don't seem to agree. :rolleyes:
  19. AppleCori

    AppleCori Well-Known Member

    There's a good joke in there, Lil, (post # 14) but I won't go there.

    Actually, I did, but I erased it.


    The virtual sounds worse than the regular!

    Hope I don't have an extra-long colon. At 5'2, probably not, but you never know.
  20. pasajes4

    pasajes4 Well-Known Member

    I'm just lucky that way. I am also prone to constipation and have to take a prescription daily.