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Comment from: Jmswannabe , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

The preparation, as I expected was unpleasant. The colonoscopy procedure itself I was told would not be. I experienced a lot of discomfort as well as pain during this procedure even with the sedation. I’m not sure why this occurred, as most describe their procedure as not a bad thing. This was a bad thing. I will be inquiring of my specialist as to why this occurred. Maybe not enough sedation. I can only speculate that was the cause.

Comment from: Lesley , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had a colonoscopy this morning and I’m relieved with the results and the procedure itself. If I am completely honest, I was more concerned about the results than what was going to be done. It was not much different than having a smear. The hospital staff made me feel super relaxed and kept me informed at every stage. Turned out that I had a small area of abnormal cells, which led me to having LLETZ (large loop excision of the transformation zone) with local anesthetic. I now await results. Good luck to all.

Comment from: Julie , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 31

During my recent colonoscopy, a sponge on a tube was placed in my nostril for increased oxygen. After this tube was removed I had a bad blocked nose, and for 2 days, a really awful head cold, sneezing a lot, very runny nose, watery eyes and generally feeling unwell. Not sure if this is a usual experience with this procedure. I was not advised that this may happen!

Comment from: Karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had my first colonoscopy today. Preparation went well – I just followed the directions. I hoped to have it without sedation, because I’ve heard awful things about propofol and avoid drugs in general. I also wanted to watch it on the screen. The doctor was very comfortable doing it drugfree. Procedure went fine. It was crampy going around the turns but no worse than bad period cramps. I was out of the building 15 minutes after the procedure done. Would definitely do it again with no sedation.

Comment from: Susi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had my first colonoscopy today. I have an anal fistula and had a perianal abscess, therefore, the doctor wanted to see if I have IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). I live in Germany, so I can only describe the experience from this point of view. I had Citrafleet as preparation and it was okay. Drinking a lot was the hardest part of it all, to be honest. For the colonoscopy itself I was fully asleep and didn’t notice anything at all! Totally fine and for me it was a positive experience.

Comment from: D, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 28

I didn't end up having my colonoscopy as the laxative didn't work well for me. My bowels never cleared so my procedure was cancelled. I'm kind of glad after reading some of these comments. The big drinks of laxative gave me terrible flu like symptoms, chills, cramp, bloat and headache and took far too long to work; 10 hours later after taking it! I followed to the rules and started it early, but it didn't work well enough. They tried to book me in again with another laxative. No thanks.

Comment from: Shea , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I had a second colonoscopy on August 9. The preparation part wasn't bad, better than 20 years ago. I have problems with sedation, so I warned the doctor, the nurse, and the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist said not worry, he'd take care of me. I woke up feeling ok and went home. When the anesthesia wore off, all hell broke loose. I was in pain. I went in feeling fine, came out with a diverticular flare, an arthritis flare, a fever and I still don't feel good.

Comment from: Pattycake, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I am a 78 year old woman who has had cancer twice, the second was unknown cancer cells in my bowel. I ended up with a colostomy. I have had two colonoscopy procedures, the 1st with anesthetic, but because I am a caregiver for my 82 year old husband, I opted for gas the 2nd time. I followed the instructions to the letter and turned up, quite nervous at the prospect, given my choice of gas. I had to undergo a rectal and stoma entry scan. To my surprise I sailed through it. If I can do it so can anyone.

Comment from: octopussy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I had colonoscopy two years ago. I can remember every stressful minute of the fifty minutes it took. I had another one today and I only remembered the first couple minutes. Then I realized that the earlier doctors never gave me any sedation. I am mad as I have been stressed out all last week thinking how I am going to get through it again.


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Comment from: Jeannette l, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I had colonoscopy done yesterday and the doctor said he couldn't get in far enough to see but all looks ok. I still have diarrhea today and I'm urinating on myself. I actually woke up after the anesthetic and had wet the bed. I'm still like this all day. I don't feel very well at all and had this done before and never had this experience.

Comment from: S, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I have colonoscopies every 6 months because my bowels like to produce polyps so they need to be removed. My main tip is to ask for a bowel prep called Pico-Salax instead of MoviPrep or any other where you have to drink liters of horrible tasting solution. With Pico-Salax, you drink 250 ml of the solution and then follow it with 1.5 liters of plain water or other clear liquid, and it doesn't taste bad, very similar to those effervescent vitamin C tablets. So much better!

Comment from: Firstexperience , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I have a family history of colon cancer, so I had a colonoscopy before 50. I asked for the Sutab pills because I was worried I wouldn’t like the drink. I was told to drink a clear liquid diet the day before and take a split dose. What was really hard was having to chug so much water; it made me nauseous. Also, when the stuff finally started working, it took forever to finish so I only got to sleep two hours before starting the process again. Thankfully, they found no cancerous growths.

Comment from: Colon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I have a family history of colon cancer. I had my second colonoscopy 6 days ago. Preparation is what it is. I woke up with the first one, so I was very scared this time. This time I didn’t wake up during the procedure. I don’t recall being so sore or tired last time. Soreness is getting better, but I’m just exhausted. Hope this clears up soon. Thankfully, no polyps.

Comment from: SueF47, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had colonoscopy and endoscopy today. One 4 mm was polyp found, and diverticulosis. Preparation was not too bad, Miralax and Dulcolax. I was given propofol about which I was nervous but it was fine. The worst part of it was that I had barely recovered when they hurried me out to my ride. I was barely functional but they want you out fast. Test started at 9am, and I was out of the building before 10:45.

Comment from: john, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

The worst bit about colonoscopy is the hunger and foul-smelling stool from the laxative preparation, make sure you are near a toilet. I’ve had 2 done, with the first one, they found and removed a polyp, and the second was a checkup. The procedure itself was a nonevent. As soon as I left the clinic I went and had a Big Mac.

Comment from: Magenta, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I endured a colonoscopy and gastroscopy 2 days ago. Gastroscopy was fine. I had a canula for sedation but that was overlooked. All was well until towards the end of the colonoscopy. The pain was unbearable when I was given gas and air. I'm 83 and still feel I'm recovering from the experience. Five polyps were found and have been sent for a biopsy. Staff were brilliant and professional.

Comment from: SC1736, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 10

I had a colonoscopy this week, I woke up from the procedure and still feel like nothing was done; no pain. It was my first one and I expected pain when it was done. I went back to normal diet and exercise with no problems.

Comment from: Viv, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I had a colonoscopy 8 weeks ago and since then have suffered from stomach pain, constant need to have a bowel movement plus terrible wind. I had none of this beforehand. This was a follow up colonoscopy as last year I had multiple polyps removed. I had been fine all year.

Comment from: Julie Jaine , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I had my first colonoscopy (sedative free) today - my 50th birthday! I scheduled it on my birthday on purpose due to convenience. I chose to not have sedation because I don’t like unnecessary medicine introduced to my body. I’m a believer in holistic medicine. I would not suggest sedative-free if you have a low pain tolerance. I have a high pain tolerance, so I knew I could handle it. The doctor moved the screen for me to see it. Very interesting!


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Comment from: SW, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

It is almost 20 years since I had a colonoscopy and am still haunted by the appalling memory of it - it is possible I have a form of posttraumatic distress syndrome (PTSD) from the experience. I was given sedation, but remember everything including the pain, which I can only describe as horrific torture. I also had a terrible experience with a mammogram. It is utterly unbelievable that with today's technology and resources, less intrusive and destructive procedures have not been introduced. I will never have either done again.

Comment from: Aimee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

My colonoscopy was fine. Here is my concern: It has been 4 days since my colonoscopy and I have been experiencing a yellow, jelly-like mucus coming out of my rectum. I also have had a couple of loose stools that sneak out and soil my underwear that I didn't feel come out at all! My doctor told me that the preparation (magnesium citrate and Miralax) did a number on me and my bowels. He told me to take a fiber supplement to bulk up my stool and eat yogurt for the probiotics. Hoping this doesn't last long.

Comment from: Suzimruined, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I had the dreaded colonoscopy about a couple of months ago. I was told over and over again to do this procedure. I had C. difficile last fall, so had to postpone. The preparation was way too much, for my small size. It had me up all night. My stomach has been distended, and bloated ever since the procedure. I don't know what they did to me, but I'm ruined. I can't eat, without feeling my insides turn. Feels like rocks in my gut. Never again. Need a lawyer.

Comment from: Jake 66, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had colonoscopy this week, the preparation was ok although the MoviPrep tasted far stronger than I expected. It took a whole 2 hours for it to start working, then 3 hours to empty. I had a good night's sleep, then repeated in the morning. I had light sedation for the procedure and felt very relaxed, and watched everything on the monitor. Some pain at one point but this was eased by using gas and air. The staff were amazing. I was anxious about the whole thing beforehand, I shouldn't have been, it was a breeze.

Comment from: survivor, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

I am a 2 time survivor of abuse by healthcare providers. The first time I was 5. I avoided healthcare for 49 years. The 2nd time in a hospital, I was abused again when I froze with fear. I have searched for a 'better colonoscopy experience' and there is nothing. I want to do one, but I have not found a process that I can tolerate. You can say that my experience (of not having one) has been glorious. Please respect my choice and support others who choose the same.

Comment from: m thompson, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I had my 1st colonoscopy last week. The preparation is bad, I didn't make it to the toilet fast enough one time and diarrhea went everywhere. I was asleep for the procedure but was immediately in horrendous pain upon waking. They left enough gas in me that I looked pregnant. I have had nonstop diarrhea since and now dehydration has aggravated my lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) so now I have a urinary tract infection (TUI) on top of it all.

Comment from: Books222, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a colonoscopy 7 years ago. I never had any back pain prior. Since the day after I had the colonoscopy, I have had chronic back pain. The gastrointestinal doctor does not believe the procedure caused the pain. My life is miserable!

Comment from: Paula, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I did the horrific Klean Prep exactly as per instructions, with a grand total of 4 liters of solution. I passed liquid stools in my pants on the way to the hospital, and then all over the hospital bed. They wheeled me into the colonoscopy room, gave me the sedative, took one look at my bottom, and then told me, 'Nope! Sorry, you're not clean enough. Bye!' Ten days later, and I'm still spewing liquid stools into the toilet. I may never eat food again.

Comment from: Paula, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

Colonoscopy is agony. I only had mild sedation and the doctor only managed to go 30 centimeters. I was diagnosed with diverticula disease. I was crippled with pain, so sedation isn’t worth it, the procedure had to be stopped; never ever again. I would rather go through childbirth.

Comment from: Barbeehd, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy 3 days ago. I had clear liquids all day before the procedure. The evening before, I started the preparation which tasted revolting. All salty liquid. At 4 AM, I had to do the second part of the prep, and could not do the whole thing. I ruined my underwear, my clothes, and my bathroom carpet. Then I vomited and quit. Everything just ran out of me. I had propofol for the procedure and it was great. I am now awaiting a first bowel movement, which does not seem to be coming. I had one polyp.

Comment from: No problem, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

Find a doctor that uses water rather than air for colonoscopy. I have had 4 with no medicines, and the first one (different doctor) used air; terrible experience.

Comment from: Nancy needle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

As far as I am concerned the preparation and the colonoscopy are both foul. There is no easy way on earth to consume 4 liters of Klean Prep along with additional fluids to hydrate. Everything just explodes out of you. I got the shakes, chills, and nausea. From the time I last ate, to the completion of colonoscopy was almost 30 hours. My last liquid was over 9 hours. I had a blinding headache and a terrible thirst. There has to be a better way to do this test. It’s barbaric in the 21st century.

Comment from: Granny Scarlett , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had a colonoscopy 2.5 weeks ago. The preparation was a breeze, and the procedure went well. But, since then, I've had excessive gas, my lower back hurts sometimes so bad I want to die, and I was totally constipated for 2 weeks! I called the clinic that did it to ask if this is normal, and they said sometimes yes, it can take a while to get back to normal. I can hardly eat anything because I'm so full of gas it's painful, and nothing is helping. Miserable aftereffects. I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), maybe it exacerbated it.

Comment from: Farmlady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I just had my 1st colonoscopy today at 1 pm. I had 5 day preparation instructions. Started with 2 Dulcolax tablets at 7 am yesterday. A 1/2 small bottle dry Miralax powder in 34 oz drink at 8 am. Second bottle dry Miralax at 10 am. I had 32 oz clear liquids after each Miralax drink; 10 oz magnesium citrate at 6 pm, followed quickly with 32 oz clear liquids (no red or purple colored liquids at any time today). I was in the toilet most of the day and night. I was still leaking water and silt right before the procedure, but the nurse and doctor tell me this is normal.

Comment from: Lady Warrior, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had a colonoscopy procedure done yesterday and it was not bad at all. And about the preparation, it is not what they say. I used the orange Gatorade with Miralax, it did not taste bad at all; just make sure you stir it every time before you serve yourself. The first couple of 8 oz. were ok, every 15 minutes till I got full, then I spaced them out between 20 and 30 minutes. The 2 Dulcolax taken 1st are so they could kick in when you are done with your Miralax. The magnesium citrate the next day, I drank half. Hope you'll be alright!

Comment from: reg, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

Colonoscopy itself is easy, as long as you are sedated. You won't remember a thing about the procedure. When you wake up, it's all over. No one should even consider doing this procedure without anesthesia. The preparation is awful. No one should have to endure the torture of a bowel preparation with vile tasting poison.

Comment from: Jan , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I am a 75 year old female. My colonoscopy was clear of cancer, and I had 2 pockets of diverticula. I would advise anyone my age to research the complications for older people having a colonoscopy. Post colonoscopy I have had pressure on my bladder. I have made 11 trips to my general physician, had 3 courses of antibiotics for infections, ultrasound, CT scan and x-ray, and a visit to the emergency outpatient room. Two months on I am left with nausea and constipation. I wish I had not had a colonoscopy at my age.

Comment from: Tracie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I had a colonoscopy in 2015 and still traumatized by the memory! The preparation itself was bad enough, and mixed with piles, I had a bottom that looked like a baboon’s and felt like razor blades! I had a relaxer prior to the colonoscopy but the pain was horrendous! They had to stop after about 10 minutes without getting a full picture, but I really couldn’t have carried on. I honestly thought my bowel was going to rupture with the air and the camera got stuck around a bend! Truly horrible experience.

Comment from: FWR, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

My first colonoscopy was performed over 4 weeks ago. Since then my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has flared. My digestive system is unstable. I’ve been suffering from extreme trapped gas and constant gurgling in my stomach. The procedure itself was a piece of cake. The aftermath with my intestines is another story. When will this all end! I was told the preparation can wash out the good bacteria. I wish I had known this! I now have these issues, plus I’m afraid of eating now because I don’t want to trigger gas pain.

Comment from: Elisa h, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I just had an endoscopy and colonoscopy. Due to all the comments I read, most of them bad, I was very afraid. I understand everyone its different, but my experience wasn't bad at all, not even the preparation. What may have helped me not to have cramps like some people do was, a week before my procedure, I stopped eating greasy food, and all my experience was great. So to all the people that will be getting a colonoscopy, do not worry, it is not bad at all, so just relax!

Comment from: PTSD FOR YEARS!, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

Colonoscopy was the worst experience of my entire life! I could not talk about it at all for seven years. I was not nervous, I did the preparation, all was fine, until the procedure started. I was supposed to be sedated so you don’t have pain or remember it, and I was awake and still remember all of it. Me screaming and trying to get away! An excruciating pain like they were forcing a metal post up through me. I think they gave me some type of medication because I couldn’t talk, but I could scream, and pull away. I will never have another one.

Comment from: AndrewT, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

I had a colonoscopy, some years ago now, and it is not a difficult procedure, though it's not pleasant either. After a bowel preparation (and a lot of bowel movements) you are laid on your side. A tube is inserted into your rectum, and this is moved through your intestines. The clinician looks at the pictures coming from inside you, and determines if any problems exist. Afterwards you are given tea and biscuits, which taste wonderful! Apart from having to pass the added air, that's it.

Comment from: kb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I had my first colonoscopy today. I chose not to be sedated. The staff was a little taken aback but we agreed to put in an IV in case I couldn’t handle it. It was fine. I felt some pressure and a few sharp pains but it was really just a little uncomfortable. Nothing I couldn’t deal with. I would do non-sedation again.

Comment from: Sb , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

Colonoscopy was the worst experience ever. Preparation was miserable. Can’t believe they can put a man on the moon but make humans so miserable. It was invasive, humiliating and painful. Horrible.

Comment from: Dragonbran, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I put off colonoscopy till age 56. I read lots on the internet and decided to go with the no sedative colonoscopy, meaning no laughing gas. Nothing. The next time, I will get sedated. It did hurt though I finished with no drugs. Hurt going in worse than coming out. Still a little sore. No polyps. Clean as a whistle.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I had a colonoscopy 6 days ago after a bowel screening kit. I was healthy and active before, I have not opened my bowels since and having problems with urinating. I called the number given and was told to speak to my doctor, the procedure was very uncomfortable. I only had gas and air, I wish I had not had it done because now I am ill and no motivation.

Comment from: Diseased1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I had my colonoscopy yesterday. I read all the stories of how the preparation was the worst part. I actually breezed through the prep and felt very cleansed after. However, the colonoscopy has to have been the most painful procedure I have ever had. Just prior I was given what was supposed to be sedation. The pain was so intense I was begging them to stop, so the doctor said to give me more so-called sedation, but again I begged to stop. The pain was a 10 even after 3 doses of sedation. Never again.

Comment from: Celia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

This is my 1st colonoscopy. No polyps in 10 year follow-up. Follow instructions exactly and you'll be fine. I took GoLytely 1/2 the day before, and 1/2 the day of procedure. I chilled it. Do not sip or use a straw. Had 8 cups to get down each day. Held my nose and gulped it in 10 minute intervals. I was done well before bed. I was awake for the whole procedure. I was given a light sedative of Versed and fentanyl. Felt a little pressure, no pain. Spent 30 minutes in recovery. Had light dinner. Went home and slept. Feel fine today with no problems. Preparation is the worst part.

Comment from: Ame, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I did not have a solid stool for over a month after my colonoscopy. My doctor explained the colonoscopy cannot change stool so I thought maybe it was from the preparation wiping out my good bacteria. I had an old bottle of Renewal Life Ultimate Flora probiotic 15 billion live cultures in my refrigerator (Whole Foods) and thought why not try it. I noticed a small difference after 1 pill and was normal by day 3. I also ate a small container of Fage yogurt each day as well. I will continue until I run out!

Comment from: Worrying too much, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I had my first colonoscopy today. I have dreaded taking the preparation, for years. Honestly, I scared myself to death for nothing. I had my first dose of Clenpiq at 5:30 pm, and was on the toilet at 6:15. I dreaded throwing up but thankfully I kept it down. Took me an hour to get it all down. A straw did not make it better but after each swallow I chugged water and lemon/lime popsicle. Popsicles were a life saver. No nausea, no vomiting, and no cramps. It was way easier than I expected. Clean colon… yeah!

Comment from: Bren, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I went for my 3rd colonoscopy. The preparation for this time was a lot worse for some reason I don’t know why, but I still was having to go to the bathroom when I went to the hospital to have the procedure, but earlier I never did that. Of course, I was put out and don’t remember anything, that was no problem. Everything is good but ever since I’ve done all of this, I have not had the urge to go to the bathroom. This has been going on since last three weeks, I’ve been taking stool softener, but not helping.

Comment from: CD, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had my first colonoscopy at age 36. My doctor prefers a traditional prep of Dulcolax, Miralax mixed with 64 oz of Gatorade, and a bottle of magnesium citrate. During that surgery I had 5 polyps removed and all came back with precancerous cells. I was informed that I would have to have the procedure once a year every five years. Today I had my second procedure at age 40 - clear minus some hemorrhoids (child birthing)! The preparation is inconvenient and painful but cancer would be so much worse.

Comment from: Popwixler, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had a colonoscopy 6 days ago and unless I stick firmly to the diet I get diarrhea. I am frightened to eat anything different or go out. I am so very tired.

Comment from: Bhan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

I have had 3 colonoscopies and was sedated for the first two but for the third I decided, after reading comments that there was little to no pain involved, to try it. I had no gas or sedative of any kind. I was pleased that there was only mild discomfort when the instrument went around the bends. I was done and out of the clinic in less than a half hour, having only had to dress and check out. I am going in this week for another colonoscopy as they found precancerous polyps the last time.

Comment from: Eils, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I suffered from pain in my left side stomach and was sent for a colonoscopy, The MoviPrep, the drink for the night before and the morning of procedure is the worst thing about it all, wish I had read the write ups on here first. My backside was sore, so I used nappy cream. The test itself went well, I chose the gas and air instead and was able to come straight home. Test was clear thankfully. For a week after the test, eat little, that helps. Would be much wiser, but not worried if I need another.

Comment from: Kmick, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

Bowel preparation is honestly pretty bad but over in 12 to 16 hours or so with some sleep mixed in. I had the colonoscopy procedure not under sedation and it was incredibly painful at times, but mostly at the beginning part. The best part was getting good results and eliminating my worry and anxiety over my symptoms which included change in bowel habits and minor rectal bright red bleeding.

Comment from: Stevie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

I had a colonoscopy the second time at 60, and they didn’t find anything. A week after I am still having diarrhea. My pulse dropped to 22, I am not sure if I will do it again. I had to wait for 4 hours before I got prepared. The wrong doctor came in first... not a good experience.

Comment from: Lisa Marie , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I had a colonoscopy procedure done today. I am a 27 years old female. I was in an out of the hospital with diverticulitis. The next step was to do the colonoscopy to get a better view of what was going on in the colon. I myself do not like getting put to sleep. I did it without the sedation, and it was a piece of cake. The only part that truly hurt was when the gas was being pumped into my stomach and a little pressure here and there. The preparation was the only thing that was horrible.

Comment from: Jackie S, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I had my first colonoscopy yesterday and boy, am I relieved it's over! It was bearable, but unpleasant. However it only lasted 30 minutes and I managed fine on gas and air (Entonox). The prep with MoviPrep was far better than I was expecting - within an hour of starting the first liter, I was running clear yellow liquid (a bit like urinating from your behind). It wasn't smelly or painful or messy at all. The second liter was harder to keep down but just sip a glass at a time through a straw.

Comment from: Runrun, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I have had 2 colonoscopies done, both unsuccessful. I was scorned by the nurse and doctor as to why I was still full. How am I supposed to know! So now I'm scheduled for a 3rd; and the doctor won’t listen that the regular preparation won’t work, so do I go through this again! I am so furious.

Comment from: Peanut, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I have Parkinson’s and my symptoms improved temporarily after a colonoscopy. It was awesome, I could write perfectly and my tremor was reduced. It only lasted 2 days but it was very interesting.

Comment from: Andrew T, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I was put on cyclosporine some years ago, and I had to have a follow up colonoscopy some fifteen years later. Fifteen years, yes. Apparently cyclosporine can cause cancer this far on. They sent for the preparation Picolax I think, and I had to use it a liter an hour. It was horrible, I felt terrible. My very well meaning mother, asking 'are you alright' each and every time I had to relieve myself actually didn't help one bit. The procedure itself was not that bad, actually. Maybe a little painful.

Comment from: TJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I have had 2 colonoscopies and 1 sigmoidoscopy. The 1st and 2nd I used MoviPrep which was by far the worst experience. The taste is so bad and the volume you need to drink excessive. The colonoscopy with sedation is quite painless in comparison. The sigmoidoscopy I used 10 Senna tablets and Citramag which I found more pleasant in taste and on the whole more manageable. I also had sedation and slept through but I felt the scope on entry and exit. I had 3 mm adenoma 1st time and 2nd 30 mm sessile adenoma.

Comment from:, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had a colonoscopy 3 months ago and am still suffering from loose stools and lots of gas at times. While it is not a constant issue like diarrhea, it happens several times a day. My doctor prescribed what I was told was an aggressive cleanse. It has messed me up big time and will think twice about having another one.

Comment from: DebbieZ12 , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I did the Plenvu preparation, a 2 step process. The prep went ok. It didn’t taste too bad plus you can have 2 light meals the day before the colonoscopy. My problem was they gave me the maximum amount of Versed and fentanyl plus Benadryl and I was still wide awake during the procedure. Most horrific pain I have ever felt. The doctor couldn’t believe I was still awake. He said the next time I will need to have general anesthesia in the hospital. All I said was “next time!” By the way, all clear thank goodness!

Comment from: michelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I went for my colonoscopy. It was awful, the pain of stomach cramps when she was turning the camera round, though it had gas and air didn’t do much good. And drinking the MoviPrep for 2 days beforehand was awful. It tasted like lemon salt water; never want to have it done again.

Comment from: Young40, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

The colonoscopy itself was really nothing. I felt very relaxed from the sedation but not out of it, completely aware. The procedure wasn't painful, wasn't even that uncomfortable. It was straightforward though; I didn't have any biopsies taken, etc. The night before I had to drink 2 liters of MoviPrep. This wasn't as bad tasting as I thought it would be either. I have hemorrhoids so suffered a lot of pain due to the effects of MoviPrep. I also didn't sleep as the effects went on all night.

Comment from: Lezza, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I had a colonoscopy today with sedation. I was terrified but I slept through it once sedated so no need to worry. The staff were wonderful and my privacy and dignity were kept throughout. As everyone says the preparation is the worst bit. I started at 5 pm, and at first I didn't think it was too bad but after a while the sickly sweetness was bad so I found if I sipped fresh water after a quick third of a glass I could get through nearly all of it. I cooled the prep and drank it with a straw.

Comment from: Blessed, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I had a colonoscopy yesterday. I was very afraid to even do it after reading horror stories about bad experiences and results! I advise everyone to have one regardless! Mine went just fine, no pain or cramps. My results were good as well after having some bowel changes, I'm 62 years old and I was thinking it might be something serious. Well, I was wrong. I had no polyps, masses or ulcerations! I say do it! You have nothing to lose! Stay healthy and don't read horror stories on line!

Comment from: Elizabeth H, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had my 4th colonoscopy two days ago. I have a family history of colon cancer and personal history of polyps. I go every three years. Old preparation method was the Miralax and Gatorade mixture. They no longer use that, so I had to use the 1 gallon of GoLytely. I ridiculously dreaded that prep for months. I had a split dose and I added Crystal Lite lemonade mix to the prep. After each glass, I took a swig of ginger ale. Easy. Sedation was propofol. One small polyp removed and back home in 2 hours.

Comment from: Anita, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 15

My colonoscopy was fine. Trouble though was the gas and air I had. I lost my memory and was very confused. I had to stay in the hospital overnight for observation.

Comment from: Cindi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

My stomach hasn’t felt right since my colonoscopy 18 months ago. After eating the next morning, suddenly it felt like a pro baseball player hit me in the stomach with his bat! I had to grab on to the sides of the table, it was so bad. It continued for a week, and then more of it but not as bad, for four months. Then it lessened but still churns all the time and feels awful. The GaviLyte preparation didn’t make me sick, and the doctor found nothing, even though my Cologuard test came back positive. Beware!

Comment from: Carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

It is 11 weeks since my colonoscopy. It was so painful and I've had pain and bad bowel movements, with lots of blood. I think it has spread all over my womb, as they now say it's in the rectum. And I know that colonoscopy caused it and damaged me, I was as fit as a flea even with the womb cancer. I had radical hysterectomy last February and experienced hardly any pain. That colonoscopy has ruined my life.

Comment from: Chris A., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

So much gas was put into my gut during colonoscopy I experienced excessive pain. I nearly passed out. Two 1 cm sized growths were found, assumed to be benign polyps. The test wasn’t triggered by the surgery. I had polyps and I have had watery diarrhea several times a day for a decade. The treatment center I was sent to could not remove the polyps. My gut irritation is due to bile salt malabsorption that is entirely treatable; I have been put at risk of cancer for no reason.

Comment from: Gator Gi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I am 8 weeks post my colonoscopy and continue to have gas. I rarely had gas in the past. I have had four other colonoscopies and never had this issue. I wonder what could be causing this.

Comment from: Sandy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had my first colonoscopy and endoscopy at age 65. Preparation was horrible but I actually started fasting a week before by cutting out a lot of foods. I didn’t feel a thing as far as both procedures went. They found a few polyps and took 2 weeks to get the result. I had laryngitis for a week and a mild cough for three weeks now. I still do not feel well three weeks later. Lots of gas and not much of an appetite. I will be seeing my family doctor soon. Only good thing is benign results.

Comment from: Kazza, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had my first colonoscopy today. With sedation, I barely needed the Entonox. The procedure was slightly uncomfortable at times but much less so than I had expected. I had one polyp removed. Being able to watch on-screen was amazing, and to be honest it was not an unpleasant experience. I was really scared before going to the hospital but the whole process was well managed and I was kept informed of what was going to happen at all times. I have had no pain since returning home.

Comment from: Clare, 65-74 (Patient) Published: September 13

I had a colonoscopy done and hours after the procedure, I am still with diarrhea. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Vicki, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

After a colonoscopy 6 years ago, I have been with chronic back which started the day after the procedure. No one believes. Interesting that I now have a large progression of scoliosis. I never had any back pain before the colonoscopy.

Comment from: Robert O, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 10

I used GaviLyte for preparation and it was really effective at getting me to go. The problem was getting to the bathroom in time. I kept soiling my shorts. Glad I had enough pairs; still some ended up on floor. Colonoscopy itself was fine. No issues with medication afterward. Need to do it again with a 2 day prep. No way!

Comment from: WhiteAssassin52, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

My husband had a colonoscopy done at one hospital and that hospital said that there was nothing wrong with my husband. Now he is getting another one done at another hospital because this hospital doesn’t like the first hospital's findings. I am not sure that it is right for one person to get another colonoscopy done within a 2 week time frame from the other one.

Comment from: Confused & Wary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

About 4 years ago, I was persuaded by my doctor to have a colonoscopy. I had a very positive attitude about the procedure. I prepared the preparation solution and started to drink it. When I approached the halfway mark, I became very bloated and experienced excruciating pain. My husband had to take me to the emergency room where I vomited the entire prep. Now the doctor wants me to have another one. No way! I have not been the same since the last one.

Comment from: Frankie , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

Hopefully this will help people who've had abdominal surgery or hysterectomy like me. I was quite worried having read horror stories on the internet. I had abnormal cells and was sent for a colonoscopy. The staff recommended sedation. It was uncomfortable while the camera went in but I didn't need extra gas and air. Twice it was a bit more painful but they stopped and gave me more sedation. No discomfort at all while it came out. I'm a coward with pain but it wasn't bad.

Comment from: Doe S, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had a colonoscopy today. I took MoviPrep and followed the instructions given by a specialist nurse. I was quite worried about the procedure but needn't have been, it was painless and quick. I had sedation, and just relaxed me, didn’t go to sleep or anything. Then straight into recovery, after about 20 minutes, got dressed, went into the waiting area, had a cup of tea and biscuits. Discharged from there with results. Absolutely brilliant staff.

Comment from: Sta C. , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I am 50, this was my 11th colonoscopy in 42 years, and it was the first colonoscopy that was not painful. I was awake the whole time. The difference I can tell is I don’t think they pumped me full of air. For the preparation, I took GaviLyte-G. I was able to drink the whole gallon. It did not taste too bad, I learned 25 years ago to fast a full 2 1/2 days before the procedure. Two days later, I am back to feeling normal. My gut needs that break to start healing. I have Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

Comment from: Sarah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

On August 29, 2019, today, I had my first colonoscopy/endoscopy. Results for both came back negative. As it was my first, I was very nervous about the procedure and any results that were questionable, but all went well. I can definitely attest that the preparation was the worst part. Having to stop vitamins a week prior left me feeling so drained that work was sluggish a few days before the procedure. Drink prep was awful but I lived through it. Doctor said see you in 10 years. Yay!

Comment from: Debra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I took the usual preparation for colonoscopy, no problem. After, two things happened. In the next week, I had 2 migraines, which are extremely rare for me, I'd had three others in my lifetime. Now, 2 months later, my bowel movements (BMs) are very different. Rather than 'going' a bit after eating with 'formed' stools, I have a much looser and smelly BM every time I go to the bathroom. I have a friend that has the same after two years. I'm not doing this again.

Comment from: Maximosis, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

After several YouTube videos and reading the horror stories on this forum, I had my colonoscopy today. Clean out wasn't bad. I went in at 9:15 am, was administered propofol and was out in literally 5 seconds. I woke up, drank some juice, got dressed, and wheeled to the car. No pain, just a little gas and rumbling. Piece of cake, folks. Don't read into the terrible stories. They found 2 small polyps and removed them. Clean bill of health down yonder. Be back in 10 years.

Comment from: Wayne, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I experienced my first colonoscopy and endoscopy yesterday. I consumed a split dose of Colyte the day before and morning of procedure for the preparation. I had no issues. Minor discomfort with medication IV needle. Endoscopy was performed quickly. No issues other than some gagging reflexes. Colonoscopy procedure was extremely painful as the scope was inserted and pushed towards my colon. For some reason I had extreme abdominal cramping that made me moan with pain. The nurse kept telling me to breathe and held my arms.

Comment from: JPAR, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had a colonoscopy 2 days ago. My symptoms were diarrhea with cramps and occasional blood. I had erythema nodosum on my legs so Crohn’s/colitis was possible. Bowel preparation went fine; wasn't much worse than my usual runs! Test - not great. I opted for sedation but felt/remembered everything. It was painful; they had to lean on me to continue. I have fibromyalgia and 2 days later am very sore. Nothing sinister found; biopsy results to come. I have had gurgling stomach, some diarrhea since. I would think twice about another.

Comment from: Rachel, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I'm going for my second colonoscopy and this time it's also paired with the endoscopy to check to see if there is any swelling present in my ileum still and possibly find out if it is in other places. First time the prep was awful and I had to go a little slow because of cramping but this time I almost stopped because the nausea was constant after every one 16 to 24 ounces of the prep. I even threw up almost a liter of it all and had to take a huge break. Go slow if you need to.

Comment from: Caligurl, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21

I wish I had never had the colonoscopy. I'm having anxiety and depression, and I feel like my body was violated. I didn't realize my doctor would be doing the procedure, I thought it would be some anonymous person with a mask. I don't even want to go back and see him. For me the preparation was not the worst part. I don't think I would ever do this again, I'm pretty sure I'd rather die. I can't believe I allowed a man to stick a camera in my anus and that thing they put in your mouth for the endoscopy, bad!

Comment from: Kevin, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I have had two colonoscopies and both times I used Miralax as the preparation and got severe headaches both times. The first time I wasn't sure what caused the headache. But my second colonoscopy I used Miralax again and got a severe headache again just after taking the prep.

Comment from: mitchw, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I just turned 50 and had my colonoscopy done. No polyps were found and I was told that I am good for another 5 years before I have to come back for my 2nd procedure. The problem I am now having is ever since my colonoscopy I have not had a solid bowel movement. Prior to my procedure I was going to the bathroom 1 time per day and had solid bowel movements. After my procedure I go 2 to 3 times per day and they are not solid anymore. This has been going on now for 5 months.

Comment from: PTL, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I had a colonoscopy approximately 2 years ago. I've had abdominal pain and bloating ever since. I followed up with the doctor, had endoscopy, and was told it was due to stress and anxiety. I spent 21 years in the military, was stressed days upon days, and never had abdominal pain. Negative symptoms began and continue only after having a colonoscopy. I've had x-rays, ultrasounds and CAT scans and no one can figure out why I now have abdominal pain constantly/daily. I won't be getting another one.

Comment from: Southflorida, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I had to drink 64 ounces of Gatorade with a whole bottle of Miralax between 6 to 8 pm. Then I had to take another 64 ounces of Gatorade and another bottle of Miramax between 10 and midnight. I had constant diarrhea with Gatorade mostly coming out. Did not feel good. I had IV before the colonoscopy procedure. They took me to the dark room with music playing. They said they were giving me something in IV to relax. Told me to roll on my side. I opened my eyes and I was done and in another room. Felt good and no polyps.

Comment from: Crip, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 14

I had my 1st colonoscopy with gas and air a month ago, the staff were very professional, and the procedure itself wasn’t too bad (including having 2 polyps removed). We had to end early due to the gas and air making me feel sick. So I had a 2nd one yesterday. This time I opted for sedation. This procedure I found way more uncomfortable, I was in for double the time of the first one as they removed another 5 polyps. To sum up, it is nothing to worry about, not embarrassing and vital if there’s a problem.

Comment from: JRF, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I just had my 2nd colonoscopy. My first one was when I was 16 and awake. I was out for this one. Preparation was 4 Dulcolax tablets at 6 pm, half a bottle of Miralax at 10 pm and half at 3:45 am. No sleep. All liquids the day before. I had 5 polyps, 2 benign, 2 precancerous and 1 cancerous. Now I get to have them yearly.

Comment from: DB888, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I'm 51 and took MoviPrep for my first colonoscopy. I mixed and refrigerated it in the morning and started drinking at 6 PM. Adding a little Crystal Light helped, plus ice and drinking through a straw. The taste was not that bad. My elimination was almost all liquid and started about 90 minutes after finishing that 1st liter. Some cramping, but nothing horrible at all. I had to wake up at 4 AM to finish the 2nd liter, which was the hardest, but I choked it down. The procedure was a cinch.

Comment from: Very aggravated pati, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I went in for a colonoscopy, and was coming out of the anesthesia. Felt terrible pain in my stomach, and my body was rocking back and forth on the table. The anesthesiologist was telling the doctor to stop it, because I was coming to. He was jamming the scope in and out of me while moving it from side to side. I haven't moved my bowels normally since. I have a hard time going and it doesn't want to come out. Never again for me. What a quack! That was 10 years ago.

Comment from: Sithric13, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I am still exhausted 4 days after my colonoscopy. I struggle to stay awake. I am completely worn out by the end of a work day.

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