on monday i had my long overdue first colonoscopy and everything went very well, even the prep was not that bad.
at the consultation the gastro explained every aspect of the procedure (including the negatives) and patiently answered my many questions. we discussed my phobia about being sedated and this caring doctor said he would work with me to do the procedure unsedated, but we aggreed that he would give me propofol (the only med he uses) if things became too uncomfortable.
on the day of the procedure the nurses tried talking me into sedation and the anesthesiologist also did not think it was possible without meds - saying i’m here when you need me. i stuck to my guns and i am so glad i did. during my un-sedated procedure i certainly never felt any pain and i really can't say i was uncomfortable either. for me, the procedure was comparable to the feeling of gnawing/growling one feels when very hungry – this did not even reach the level of discomfort. i was not ‘toughing it out’, or being brave – there was nothing to be brave about as there was no pain whatsoever. the doctor and i talked all through the procedure. he was amazed that i was so comfortable and said i was now his poster child (at 61!)for un-sedated c.scopies and he will reconsider having meds for his own c.scopy, after seeing how well it went for me. all credit goes to this caring doctor, who took 40 minutes to do the procedure, for a completely painless and discomfort-free colonoscopy.
two polyps were found and removed and to my surprise i was also found to have diverticulosis. whether you have your colonoscopy with or without sedation is your choice, the important thing is to have the procedure. it could save your life - it may well have saved mine! i will see my gastro in five years for a repeat performance!