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I've had 2 colonoscopies in three years. The first time I had the Versed cocktail; the second time (last Friday), the doctor had an anaesthesiologist with him for his procedures that day. I didn't know anything about that until I asked the nurse who was putting in the IV not to do it in the top of my hand because I was so sensitive there. She said if she could find another place she'd put it there but the anaesthesiologist didn't want them to use the arm crook. Whoa....anaesthesiologist! I freaked when I found out I was to have general anesthesia. The nurse told me it was the doctor's choice, that most patients don't want to be awake, so he gave general anesthesia instead of the Versed. Well, I still didn't like it. So the nurse asked if I'd like the anaesthesiologist to talk to me. I said sure. So she came in and we talked and she said, really, it's your choice ... if you'd rather have the twilight sleep, you can. I felt much better then.
When I got wheeled into the procedure room and my doctor came in, I told him that I was his problem patient for the day. He said, oh no, it's your choice ... in fact, you don't have to have any medication if you don't want it. I said, well, I have a high pain threshold, but I'd not sure I can tolerate this. And he said, OK, we'll do a very light medication. I said fine.
I was awake the whole time, talking with the doctor and saw everything on the monitor and could ask questions about what I saw. It was not painful at all. The only part that was a tad uncomfortable was near the end when he had to make a turn. But that didn't last too long. The nurse also had to manipulate my stomach to help the probe get around during that last turn toward home!
The bottom line is this: you don't have to have anesthesia or twilight sleep or even have ANY medication if you don't want it. Hopefully your doctor is one like mine who believes the patient is part of the equation.
Don't be afraid of the process. The prep is something you can live with. The procedure itself is not painful. The best part: you can find out immediately what the results are and your doctor can take care of any potential problems by snipping the polyps.
Whatever you decide, just get it done. You've seen enough stories by people on this board to not just sit around and think everything will be OK.
Thanks for sharing your stories with us everybody as painful as that may be. I don't know what it's going to take for me as I have some mental problems that is keeping from going and getting one and I don't know what to do about it. My family doctor (which I very rarely see) used to push me to do stuff like that but acts nonchalant about those kind of things now so I don't get the extra encouragement I need.
What you decide to do, Norton, is up to you, but it is a big mistake to put it off. Trust me! Maybe you should get the emotional problems you mentioned taken care of. Believe me, you will have many more mental problems if you are diagnosed with late stage cancer. The surgeries and treatment can be downright brutal! If I did not have faith and prayers from lots of people, I don't know how I would have made it through! Please, trust on on this!

Pam

[QUOTE=norton54;3205114]Thanks for sharing your stories with us everybody as painful as that may be. I don't know what it's going to take for me as I have some mental problems that is keeping from going and getting one and I don't know what to do about it. My family doctor (which I very rarely see) used to push me to do stuff like that but acts nonchalant about those kind of things now so I don't get the extra encouragement I need.[/QUOTE]
If your doctor is nonchalant, consider these MB responders as your encouragement to go. Norton54, you made the decision to jump in and give your 2 cents on this board, so you can make the decision to get the test no matter how many problems you have. It is up to you, though. I sincerely hope you muster up the courage to get it done.
[QUOTE=norton54;3205114]Thanks for sharing your stories with us everybody as painful as that may be. I don't know what it's going to take for me as I have some mental problems that is keeping from going and getting one and I don't know what to do about it. My family doctor (which I very rarely see) used to push me to do stuff like that but acts nonchalant about those kind of things now so I don't get the extra encouragement I need.[/QUOTE]

Hey Norton:

I noticed that you have been talking about needing a colonoscopy since March of 2006. As an advanced rectal cancer survivor myself, I would have to say-- either get it done, or quit talking about it! I don't mean to sound abrasive, but this is a "COLORECTAL CANCER" board with people with TRUE issues regarding cancer. I hope that you can bring yourself to get scoped and then just pop back in now and again to let us know that all went well, instead of worrying for 2 years about having it done!!!


Good Luck Norton!

~CancerDad:angel:
[QUOTE=norton54;3205114]Thanks for sharing your stories with us everybody as painful as that may be. I don't know what it's going to take for me as I have some mental problems that is keeping from going and getting one and I don't know what to do about it. My family doctor (which I very rarely see) used to push me to do stuff like that but acts nonchalant about those kind of things now so I don't get the extra encouragement I need.[/QUOTE]

Please don't be afraid of a colonoscopy. My dad was diagnosed with rectal cancer Feb. 2006. He has stage 3. He is doing fine right now. I was 43 when he was diagnosed, and now I'm 44. I went July 2006. I was terrified to go get one done, because I was scared of what they might find. I was having no symptoms, but his colon dr. recommends everyone to get one at age 40. I was scared because I was already 43. I had it done and had one small polyp burnt off. Because of my dad, I have to go back in 3 yrs. I will be 46 then. I hope I can find something very early if I ever develope anything. I have seen my dad go through the surgery and treatments and I hope I do not have to go through that.
Cynthiaf





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