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@ marip

 

I have always had twilight sedation when I have had my colonoscopies.  I'm 

curious by nature, for my first colonoscopy I asked if I could watch the procedure.  The dr agreed & told me to tell the anesthesiologist when it became painful so he could give me more sedation.  It was interesting to watch, I did become "uncomfortable", was given more sedation, went to sleep, & recovered quickly afther the procedure was done. 

I wouldn't do it without any sedation, however. 

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@marip wrote:

foregoo      If I get  sedated I always end up being sick to my stomach or dizzy.  


If you tend to get nauseous from the sedation, you need to inform the anesthesiologist and he will put an antiemetic (drug that prevents nausea)  in the IV.  I am very sensitive to sedation and the nausea it causes, as are many people, and anesthesiologists are fully aware of it, so they know exactly what to do.  

 

As far as low prep vs. regular prep.  If you have any issues with kidneys, and many people don't even know they do as it often doesn't present until it shows up as a red flag in routine blood work, you should avoid the low prep.  My gastro doc told me this when we were discussing the prep for my colonoscopy.  He said the low prep can and does cause unneeded strain on the kidneys because it can easily dehydrate you.  

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@jbinrwc wrote:

When I had my first colonscopy, I used a miralax prep which wasn't bad except for the large volume of water I had to drink.  When I called to schedule my second colonoscopy, I ws told that the miralax prep could not be used and that I would have to use the liquid prep.  I am unable to swallow any liquid that tastes bad.  I put off the test and finally scheduled an appointment with a gastroenterologist at my medical clinic.  Turns out that there are now tablets that can be taken to do the cleanse.  I used them in July and they were very easy.  Have to drink a lot of water but not a big deal. The cleanse worked well and my test was successful.  The propofol sedation is a piece of cake. Asleep before you know it and awake again just as quickly.


@jbinrwc I was under the impression that doctors had stopped using the pills since many people ended up with kidney damage because they didn't drink enough liquids with it.  I didn't take them with my 1st prep since I was advised against it because I have difficulty swallowing pills. It's very important to drink a lot of liquid because you are expelling a lot of liquid as part of the prep.  This can also throw your electolytes off which could be deadly.  I think that's why they also recommend sports drinks, not just water, even with the miralax prep.  

 

My last prep I had the Miralax prep.  I did end up throwing up.  They're all too much liquid in too short a time for me.  I swore at that time that i will no longer try and drink that amount of liquid in such a short time.  I'll try and drink it all, but I will not rush myself to get it done quickly.  

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I just had a Colonoscopy in August and I like the conscious sedation. It's personal preference.
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I have a colonoscopy scheduled for Monday. With the miralax prep and I always end up throwing up. I really have trouble swallowing stuff and very easy to gag. Then worrying the test results would not be clear and need to schedule again. I have trouble drinking a lot of water and don't like Gatorade. My gastro doctor suggested using the white cranberry juice for the miralax  prep and taking longer to drink it.I told him that I like cranberry juice. I was suprised becaus the prep instructions stated to mix the miralax with the Gatorade.I am concerned and pray that I can drink this.

My colonoscopy wasn't due for a few months but have been dealing with major stomach problems. I have a medical history of IBS and Crohn's. The gastro doctor really believes it's ulcerative colitis. Praying it isn't stomach cancer that my mom had. The stomach pain, gas and bloating is bad and very uncomfortable and embarrassing. I definitely want to be medicated and not feel anything.

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@SouthernBee  I am rooting for you to have an easy time with your prep and an "all clear" result on Monday.

 

Good for you getting this important test done.  Hugs....Cat Happy

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@kindred cats : I truly appreciate your kind and thoughtful words. Enjoy your weekend.🤗


@kindred cats wrote:

@SouthernBee  I am rooting for you to have an easy time with your prep and an "all clear" result on Monday.

 

Good for you getting this important test done.  Hugs....Cat Happy


 

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@SouthernBee   I was following up on your procedure on this past Monday.

 

I hope you got through the prep without too much difficulty and everything else went smoothly.

 

Here, the gastro doctor gives you an idea of what he/she saw and if they removed anything.  Best of luck with any findings.

 

Let us know how you are doing if and when you feel like it. Cat Happy

 

I just got a notice it's time to get my next colonoscopy on the schedule.  Every 5 years for me due to family history.  I've never had any issues. 

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The Prep is the worse part.  If you're not 100% clean, you will have to schedule another colonoscopy and do the full prep.

 

One time is bad enough.  Why risk it and have to do a repeat?  

 

i know of one person who didn't want any anesthesia.  He said he would never do that again.

 

The anesthesia is light, you don't get general anesthesia.  

I think you need to reconsider.  Just do the prep and anesthesia and get it over with.

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@kindred cats : Thank you. The last glass of prep, after 10 minutes threw up about 1\2 glass. My throat was burning. I was up all night going to the bathroom.

Doctor said it looked like that I have a long history of ulcerative colitis. He didn't find any cancer, but took multiple biopsies. He said to see him in two weeks. I slept all day yesterday. I was so cold all day yesterday. Still cold and very tired today. I can imagine why anyone would consider taking this test without any sedation.