Main Article on Colonoscopy Procedure Question: How did you prepare for your colonoscopy procedure? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Daphne , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05 I had my colonoscopy 3 days ago. I had gas and air and it relaxed me. The medical team were fantastic with me, they gave me gas and air just before the camera because my blood pressure was sky high. That did the trick, and I kept taking it whilst I did what needed to be done. One nurse was at my side, held my hand and we had a general chat, she was so lovely. I've had bad cramps off and on since but glad it’s been done and clean. They took a biopsy too. I think the fear of not knowing what to expect adds to the fear, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. Comment from: antman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 05 I am going for my 2nd colonoscopy tomorrow. The procedure will be the same as the 1st. Most people worry about the preparation which in my opinion isn't as bad as most will say. Yes it is a drag. My advice is rest on your liquids day. It is all the more annoying than anything else. The procedure is a breeze since you will be under for it. If you get the Suprep, it will taste bad but tolerable. After that, 1 hour to consume 32 oz of water is plenty of time, just space it out and you’ll minimize any bloating. Comment from: Joy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 28 Everyone previously commenting on their colonoscopies seems to have had a horrendous time. But I can honestly say that, for me, it was a walk in the park. I chose to not have any sedation, which gave me the added bonus of being able to watch the computer screen, to see exactly what was going on. I felt no pain whatsoever and all I can think is those who do experience it, it must have other internal problems or, possibly because they are expecting pain, they will probably get it! Comment from: mlfcarisis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 01 I had my first colonoscopy today. The preparation was the hardest part; two days liquid diet, 2 pills Bisacodyl every 4 hours and tons of water with Gavisol. Outside of my anxiety, it was easy. For those who had problems, it sounds as if they had an uncaring, and not so hot doctor. Comment from: EROB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 I prepared for two days for my colonoscopy. Before prep do not eat full meals, if you do intermittent fasting meals the better you will do. I drank 3 glasses of TriLyte on an empty stomach. Then I rested allowing the prep solution to do its job. I woke up about 1 am, drank 2 more glasses and rested. I woke up at 6 AM, and drank the remaining prep, about 2 1/2 glasses. Finished the 4 liters and all came out clear. I only drank water and one cup green tea and I was not weak. I had the best colonoscopy, do not have to do this procedure again. No polyps, no bleeding! Eat vegetables. Comment from: Jan69, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 27 I had a colonoscopy 2 days ago and even though I had sedation, I felt everything and it was extremely painful. I was told this could be due to visceral hypersensitivity which is related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but I have not been diagnosed with IBS though I do have celiac disease. I had three polyps removed which have gone to the lab for testing but no cancer was found. If I have to go through this again in the future I want to be put out for the procedure! Comment from: Liz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05 I had my colonoscopy 2 days ago and must say it was absolutely horrendous. Both the preparation and the procedure. I had to take 10 senna tablets at 4 o'clock the day before and then a sachet of Citramag at 5 o'clock. From about 8 o'clock until the next morning I was off and on the toilet. I had no sleep all night and barely made it to the toilet a couple of times. The day of my procedure I had to take another sachet of Citramag at 7 o'clock in the morning. I was still on and off the toilet up to the time I had to leave for the hospital (my appointment was 3.15 in the afternoon) and in the end I was also losing blood with the diarrhea. I also experienced bad stomach cramps. I was worried about even travelling to the hospital in case I needed the toilet again as I seemed to have lost all control over my bowel movements. I arrived at the hospital on time and was told I would be sedated and given pain relief for the procedure. Well, neither of them worked, I was wide awake and felt everything. The pain was excruciating and the doctor had to abandon the procedure in the end because I couldn't stand the pain any longer. Because the procedure wasn't completed I will now have to go back for a CT scan or will have to be anesthetized for them to do it again. I was so wide awake after sedation that I could have taken myself home. I have been unable to go to work for 2 days as I have been still suffering from diarrhea and terrible stomach cramps. Traumatizing experience! Wish I could have been one of those people who felt nothing and woke up after it was all over. Comment from: Julie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 12 Preparation for colonoscopy was limited roughage 2 days before, liquid diet 1 day before. I started drinking preparation at 3:30 pm the day before. I didn't like the taste or the amount but it worked quickly and thoroughly. I reported to the hospital at 8:30 am. Very caring doctors and nurses. I remember being wheeled into the procedure room, talking to a person I knew and then woke up in recovery. No pain, no memories. Due to a kink the doctor couldn't get past, and I ended up having a barium enema with x-rays. Not pleasant but caring technicians made it bearable. This was my second colonoscopy. I was out for the first one also. No problems. Will do it again if needed. QUESTION Pancreatitis is inflammation of an organ in the abdomen called the pancreas. See Answer Comment from: eric, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 14 My preparation was really not as bad as I'd expected. Liquid diet the day before the procedure, which was my preparation day. At 1:00 pm I drank a 10 oz. bottle of magnesium citrate followed by a glass of water. At 4:00 pm I took 4 Dulcolax tablets with a glass of water. At 6:00 pm I mixed a 238 gram bottle of Miralax with a 64 oz. bottle of Gatorade in a pitcher and drank this over the next 2 hours. Diarrhea started at about 7:00 pm and lasted intermittently until about midnight. I was not in the bathroom the entire time, but had 7 to 10 trips total. The morning of the procedure I had 2 to 3 bathroom visits. All in all, not that bad. The day before the prep day, I ate relatively lightly. The Miralax and Gatorade prep is the way to 'go'. Pun intended. Comment from: Sherry, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 20 I give kudos to my doctor. I had an easy, breezy preparation, exam and recovery. The diet several days before and liquid diet 1 day before was easy also. The prep medicines were all over-the-counter. The day before the exam, I took 4 Dulcolax tablets at 4 pm, and drank 16 oz. of my Gatorade mix which was 48 oz. of Miralax mixed into 32 oz. of Gatorade and chilled in fridge until ready to take. The mix is split into two portions taken 6 to 7 hours apart after you take 4 Dulcolax tablets. The time on the potty for me was also easy. I got to rest from 10:00 pm until the next dose of Gatorade at 1:00 pm. The day of the procedure at 8:00 am I was given IV propofol and anti-nausea medication. I counted backward from 100 and did not make it to 98 when I went out and woke up after the procedure feeling great. I was discharged by 10 am and was on my way to grab something for breakfast. My test was clean, no lesions or polyps. My 84 year old father was diagnosed with colon cancer the summer before. I did not want to go through what he did with chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and the permanent loss of his rectum and anus. He is now 88, going strong and happy to be alive even though he has to put up with a colostomy. Comment from: Magjen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17 I dreaded getting a colonoscopy and put it off. I finally made up my mind that I would get it over with, no matter what. I worried and procrastinated for nothing! I did the 2 part MoviPrep preparation. I drank 32 oz. at 5:30 PM the night before (after following a full day of clear liquids). The consistency was like water and the taste was a bit lemony. Not my favorite, but bearable. I drank it chilled with a straw, 8 oz. every 15 minutes for an hour. I did not concentrate on it being yucky, and it wasn't. It took about an hour to kick in and I was in the bathroom for about 90 minutes. Baby wipes were helpful. I had no cramping. I got a full night’s sleep and drank 2nd 32 oz. at 5 AM. It took about 20 minutes to kick in. I was pretty much done in an hour. I got to the hospital at 9, registered, changed, got IV, met anesthesiologist and waited in staging area. At 10:30 they wheeled me to the procedure room. I met the doctor, he explained the procedure, I signed consent, and got oxygen mask. The doctor told me to lie on my left side and bring knees to chest. That's the last I remember until I heard them say my name and tell me procedure was over. I had twilight sleep, and I was out like a light; felt nothing. Not groggy nor in pain. I was taken to a recovery room and they brought my husband back, gave me juice and cookies. The doctor said he removed 4 small polyps which looked benign but as always will go to pathology to be sure. I got dressed and went to lunch, as I was starving. Way easier than I anticipated! Comment from: Seb, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 16 I've had 4 colonoscopies, all quite varied. Regarding the preparation (Klean Prep), just make sure you're drinking enough fluids beside the prep itself, take it chilled in gulps of 3 or 4 accompanied with a swig of squash/tea to rinse the palate. Sipping makes you feel nauseous, and downing it will make you retch. I've found also that mixing squash/cordial into the mixture makes things worse too as you end up associating its taste with the prep; not good if you need a palate cleanse! Comment from: 3rdy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 11 I had my first colonoscopy yesterday. They say the worst part is the preparation; they lied! They gave me gas and air which didn't seem to work and it felt awful. At one point it felt like the doctor was trying to climb in there too! He threatened to stop if I didn't relax. Anyway, they found and removed 3 small polyps which the doctor assured me were hyperplastic but then wrote in the report that they were possible hyperplastic. Next time they can sedate me! Comment from: nand, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 30 My colonoscopy was pretty miserable. Preparing for it was not much fun but it was tolerable, but the actual procedure was extremely painful. Whatever medicines they gave me to sedate me did just the opposite. The nurse said that I would start to feel sleepy and it was like PING I was wide awake. It hurt so bad that I started crying and asked the doctor to stop. He never spoke to me or slowed down the procedure. He did find a couple polyps so I am glad I did the procedure and now I have to have it done every five years, but I will certainly discuss my concerns with a different doctor before the next colonoscopy. Comment from: Fishdaylily1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 24 The colonoscopy and EGD that I had was terrible. The doctor that I had did not respond to phone calls. I would have asked more questions before I chose to do another one. I have diabetes that he missed up on. Gave me the wrong IV. I will never do another one again. SLIDESHOW Super Tips to Boost Digestive Health: Bloating, Constipation, and More See Slideshow Comment from: No way, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 17 After reading here I am cancelling my colonoscopy for next Tuesday. And they wonder why people are afraid of this test. Just keep reading. I am sick to my stomach. I am cancelling appointment tomorrow. Comment from: ICURN, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 10 Prep was Golytely and not an issue. The colonoscopy was terrible, and like most patients, I was given Versed to cause amnesia (I wasn't warned about the amnesia and it was very distressing). I’m still suffering memory loss months later. I was treated roughly because they assumed that I would not remember the colonoscopy. I remember the horrible pain and the smug nurse and doctor laughing that "she won't remember any of this." I sure do remember. I'll never get another sedated test. I'm an ICU nurse with a master's degree. Comment from: (Patient) Published: March 26 The so-called colonoscopy "sedation" is anything but sedation. The fun really starts when you get home. Comment from: Penny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 02 I had my 3rd colonoscopy yesterday at our local hospital day surgery unit. I'm afraid to say it turned out to be the most traumatic experience of my life and it has put me off having anymore colonoscopies! I was given the sedative Versed with Demerol (told by the nurses) and I remember as soon as it was administered I drifted to sleep only to end up in excruciating pain for what seemed like a couple of minutes. It felt like my insides were being ripped out! I remember screaming out but don't remember what was said to me, only that it was harrowingly painful! I then fell back into oblivion and woke up in recovery only to be told I had been hysterical. There was no sympathy at all showed to me. At first I was upset at myself for screaming out in pain but then I felt it was the doctor’s fault not mine for being subjected to that excruciating painful experience. I feel I wasn't given enough sedation or, the wrong type of sedation. Needless to say I am petrified of having another colonoscopy. Comment from: supergran, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 09 I went to have my colonoscopy yesterday...like a lamb to the slaughter! I wasn't at all nervous as I know several people who have had this procedure done and they all said that apart from being a little bit uncomfortable, it was no problem. I had followed all the preparation instructions to the letter and laughed and joked with the medical team. Less than five minutes into the procedure, I was definitely NOT laughing. I almost jumped through the ceiling with the pain. Yes, I had received the 'sedation', but it really hadn't touched me at all. The attending nurse pushed the gas and air at me and kept insisting that I breathe it in properly. I really tried to be brave and they restarted the 'probe.' Once again, I cried out in pain and insisted that they stop. Apparently, I have got diverticular disease and the area they were trying to push the scope round was really narrowed and atrophied. On my discharge sheet and report, it stated that the colonoscopy was abandoned because of my 'discomfort!' DISCOMFORT! Well, all I can say is if they describe what I felt as discomfort, how do they describe pain? I'm now being sent for a C.T. scan, so at least the experience wasn't wasted, but NEVER again will I willingly go through that kind of torture without being unconscious first!