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Comment from: granny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I was terrified of the thought of drinking the solution for days before! I did not think I could do it. I did it! It was not fun. I did not eat any solids for 2 days instead of one, before the preparation. After one hour the fun began; the rumbling, etc. Since I fasted for 2 days it was much easier and less painful. I was clear after less than 3 hours and had not even finished solution. Almost not quite. So the less you eat the better before you start is my tip. I had the Gavilyte-G and sucked on lime after each dose also helped get it done!

Comment from: One time only, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I had my first and what may be my only colonoscopy three weeks ago. Nothing was found except some inflammation but biopsies were taken and I go for my follow-up visit with my surgeon today. This experience was awful, from the prep to the procedure. I have a very high tolerance to most medications and the sedative they gave me wasn't nearly enough to stop the pain. Nor did I have the "amnesia" they told me I would have which would prevent me from remembering the procedure. I was literally gripping the side rail of the gurney and raising myself up. The only good thing about it was the pre-op nurse I was blessed to have. Everything else was total misery.

Comment from: 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I had my third colonoscopy last week. My first test disclosed many polyps, all benign. My second, disclosed fewer polyps all benign. Last week four polyps were found, three benign and one precancerous. As with the others, the prep was the worst thing. The procedure went swiftly with no complications. My next procedure is scheduled three years from now.

Comment from: suds 65, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 23

I just had my second colonoscopy in Halifax Canada. Worst part is definitely getting cleaned out although the prep I was given for the second one was much better than the first, something called "Pico-Salax" that tasted like carbonated orange juice. Worked quickly and thoroughly. I ate until 5pm the day before. Took one packet of this at 7pm and another at 6am the next morning. My procedure was at 10:30, and I was "clean", which makes the process more thorough. I was placed under a very mild sedative and watched the whole procedure on the TV monitor while the two doctors and a nurse worked the tube. It was occasionally uncomfortable (going around corners) but nothing more. Watched as two potentially cancerous polyps were removed. Surreal watching this happen inside you, and then you think of the entry point and your eyebrows go up. Gas pains after.

Comment from: disillusioned, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had my first colonoscopy today and as with some of the other comments, found it very painful until I was completely sedated. This, despite the fact that I was told prior to the procedure that the bowel has no nerve endings so I shouldn't feel a thing. After waking up in recovery, I was informed that because my heart rate dropped to 33, the doctor did not complete the procedure!(It was 47 prior to the procedure, normal for me as I am in good physical shape). I am supposed to phone for a follow-up in the next two weeks but I am pretty sure I will not undergo this again. I found the pre-op stuff o.k but my procedure was not till about noon so I was pretty hungry having not had anything solid for more than 40 hrs.

Published: August 27

I had it done on Friday. The doctor explained the whole procedure. I went because my mom died at age 52 from colon cancer and I was only a little girl when she died. I just wanted to keep focused on the chances of me getting it. He was very kind and the procedure after drinking the nullify was great it was over quickly he talked to me and told me what he was doing.

Published: August 27

I told the doc doing my colonoscopy that I was allergic to the Versed and she gave it to me anyway. This colonoscopy was the most painful, degrading and potentially life-threatening event of my life. I would NEVER recommend colonoscopy to my worst enemy; additionally, my neighbor (a nurse) just got one and she got the versed/fentanyl and she screamed her head off. They just laughed and said "she won't remember a thing" well, she did and now she's a basket case. Get a virtual, not a regular colonoscopy and if you have polyps, get real anesthesia and have it done in the OR. This is not a drive-thru procedure.

Comment from: MamaJo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I had my second colonoscopy a few days ago and it will be my last. This was the most painful thing I have ever experienced and I have had numerous surgeries. The first one was done under a heavier anesthesia. Except for waking up once during the first one, I was not conscious for most of it.

Comment from: Happytoshare, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had my second colonoscopy two days ago. Two years ago the doctor found a pre-cancerous polyp. I too, find the prep worse than procedure. I took four Dulcolax at the day before and starting at 5 p.m. drank one-half gallon of 'Gatorade cocktail.' No food the day prior to the procedure. I drank one cup of chicken broth which made me nauseous. They told me to drink extra water as my blood pressure dropped the last time and good hydration would keep it up. It worked! I was sedated the entire time with Propofol and felt nothing.

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