Nikki

Colonoscopy?

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Alex...

 

I recently had the routine colonoscopy and the Propofol agreed with me. I was very worried it would not.

 

As for your upcoming procedure....my suggestion would be to stay put at your current dose from now until after the surgery. Tell the anethesiologists about w/d. Tell the surgeon as well.

 

Do what you can and turn the rest over. Coach yourself into believing the outcome with the w/d and anesthesia will be okay.

 

Hugs

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In my limited experience, benzos are frequently administered for 'minor' procedures like an endoscopy or colonoscopy.

 

In my first try, docs felt surgical anesthetic unnecessary. Attempted to put me out with a narco-benzo drip (phentanyl and versed). This was not effective. They were shocked that I entered the procedure room in full conversational mode. So the procedure was aborted and rescheduled.

 

Propofol worked well for me and without adverse effect. Also they didn't administer a benzo, which I would today decline b/c of my benzo history. Plus its entirely unnecessary with a surgical anesthetic so I don't even know that they are paired.

 

In the future, I will insist on propofol even if it means (as it did before) that the hospital must bring down an anesthesiologist as well, which did complicate things a bit last time. But it's benzofree and agreed well enough with my CNS.

 

Alex

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Alex...

 

I recently had the routine colonoscopy and the Propofol agreed with me. I was very worried it would not.

 

As for your upcoming procedure....my suggestion would be to stay put at your current dose from now until after the surgery. Tell the anethesiologists about w/d. Tell the surgeon as well.

 

Do what you can and turn the rest over. Coach yourself into believing the outcome with the w/d and anesthesia will be okay.

 

Hugs

 

Thanks for the hugs and advice, Nikki. Happily, I don't have any surgery upcoming. I think I did start this thread but it was back in October.

 

I'm glad you got the propofol for your colonoscopy. It was for a colonoscopy that an alternative approach was tried (unsuccessfully) on me some time ago.

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In my limited experience, benzos are frequently administered for 'minor' procedures like an endoscopy or colonoscopy.

 

In my first try, docs felt surgical anesthetic unnecessary. Attempted to put me out with a narco-benzo drip (phentanyl and versed). This was not effective. They were shocked that I entered the procedure room in full conversational mode. So the procedure was aborted and rescheduled.

 

Propofol worked well for me and without adverse effect. Also they didn't administer a benzo, which I would today decline b/c of my benzo history. Plus its entirely unnecessary with a surgical anesthetic so I don't even know that they are paired.

 

In the future, I will insist on propofol even if it means (as it did before) that the hospital must bring down an anesthesiologist as well, which did complicate things a bit last time. But it's benzofree and agreed well enough with my CNS.

 

Alex

 

 

Thanks so much for the info! I have surgery coming soon &I will talk to my doctor & anesthesiologist about it. I just hope they take me seriously.

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Alex I had colonoscopy and few months back and the anesthesia is what concerned me, not what they would find. AD's have given me issue with anesthesia.

 

I was given propofol and much to my surprise I was A okay with it.

 

I did not have a hangover or any other issues.

 

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Alex I had colonoscopy and few months back and the anesthesia is what concerned me, not what they would find. AD's have given me issue with anesthesia.

 

I was given propofol and much to my surprise I was A okay with it.

 

I did not have a hangover or any other issues.

 

Hugs

 

What painkillers did they give you after the surgery?

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Dani after a colonoscopy no pain killers are required. There is no pain involved.

The prep is miserable, but painless.

 

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Dani after a colonoscopy no pain killers are required. There is no pain involved.

The prep is miserable, but painless.

 

Hugs

 

I need to have a myomectomy done for fibroid tumors & the removal of an ovarian cyst. I'll be in the hospital a few days. They will basically do like a c-section cut so I'm sure I'll need painkillers during recovery. :(

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I've been off meds for 9 months now and experiencing major G.I. issues for the past 3.5 months. I follow the SCD diet which helps, but I still have diarrhea, gas and a noisy digestive system which gets worse in the evenings. I've lost around 8 pounds recently which is a lot for me as I am quite slim already. The gastrointestinal distress causes me great anxiety especially at work and at social gatherings. The queasy, noisy digestion is unpredictable, I never know when to expect it. Homemade goat yogurt actually feels soothing to my system. Lately I eat pureed carrots, chicken, fish, eggs, steamed veggies and nuts. This has been probably the worst symptom of withdrawal for me. I am at my wits end trying to figure what to eat. I have an endoscopy procedure in two weeks with a G.I. doctor. I'm cancelling the colonoscopy because the prep the day before involves taking laxative stimulants and a lot of chemicals to clean out my bowels. I know any stimulants and prescription medicines would wreak havoc on my system right now.

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Hi all- I would like some advice please. I am due to have a colonoscopy next month. I am having withdrawal symptoms- anxiety, burning in the arms & neck etc. I am concerned about the drugs that they give to sedate during this procedure. Will this compound the w/d? Thanks in advance. This forum has been a true blessing for me. 

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I don't feel at all capable of giving advice about this since I have no medical background.  Can you talk with your nurse practitioner or doctor about this? Perhaps they can use an anesthetic that will be minimally upsetting to your system, or perhaps the procedure can be postponed for a bit.  Personally, I would hesitate to have any medical procedures that aren't urgently necessary during withdrawal, especially anything that involves an anesthetic, but that's me and my individual health history speaking.  There may be very good reasons for you to go ahead.

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It is just a routine screening - though I'm late in getting it done. I will probably reschedule it. Thanks for the input.

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I put off a colonoscopy because I didn't want to deal with the medication. Usually, they give you a benzo, Versed, rather than an anesthetic.

 

In Japan, they don't use drugs at all for colonoscopies. I talked to a woman recently who had a colonoscopy without sedation or anesthetic (in the US) and she said it wasn't bad at all.

 

I corresponded with a man with long-term withdrawal syndrome who had a colonoscopy with Versed and he said he didn't have any problems with it.

 

There's a lot of discussion in gastroenterology about how valuable a colonoscopy is and whether alternative methods, such as ultrasound, might be used.

 

I discussed this with my internist and she agreed a stool sample test was just as good. If it shows anything suspicious, then you have the colonoscopy. Ask your doctor about this.

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I don't have any opinion, but I did have a colonoscopy this spring while withdrawing from Wellbutrin. Because of that, and because I was on a benzo, they used Propofol. Everything went fine...it was so nice to have a little nap! Just not so nice to think of what they did while I was sleeping. The prep was the hardest part because just drinking Gatorade made me hypoglycemic (backlash from too much sugar) or something. I did much better when I switched to water and bouillon, or whatever it was they allowed.

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Thank you- that is a good option 

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I also went with propofol since I was tapering Valium at the time and didn't experience any problems.

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Thank you! I love this site- everyone is so helpful!!

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I have massive stomach problems and not so sure how to correct it. My doctor wants me to go for a colonoscopy but i am too scared. I always feel bloated, everytime i eat or drink something i have heart palpitations, stomach swells up uncomfortably (Lots of gas build-up) i have pains everywhere, i feel nauseous and i struggle with constipation. This is just not normal for a 24 year old....

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I had a colonoscopy shortly after my final doses of Klonopin at end of long taper...they used Propofol, and I had no problems all.

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I am planning to have one in 2 weeks with no sedation or painkiller. They say it's like menstrual cramps -- I have 40 years of experience with that!

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Had the colonoscopy yesterday.

 

There were a few ouchy moments -- intense pangs lasting a few seconds each -- and I wouldn't say it was fun, but the procedure itself wasn't that difficult.

 

The staff did their best to persuade me to get the anesthesia, but I held firm. They had an anesthesia plan B ready in case I found the pain unbearable.

 

I saw my entire colon and chatted with the gastroenterologist, nurse, and technician throughout.

 

The gastroenterologist said I had the colon of a teenager. It did look pink and healthy. She praised me for being so relaxed -- she said she could see it in my colon.

 

The team was amazed I did it without drugs. The doctor said she was so proud of me about 20 times.

 

In colonoscopy, as in all things "all things must pass." Have a good attitude and you, too, can do a colonoscopy without drugs.

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Had the colonoscopy yesterday.

 

There were a few ouchy moments -- intense pangs lasting a few seconds each -- and I wouldn't say it was fun, but the procedure itself wasn't that difficult.

 

The staff did their best to persuade me to get the anesthesia, but I held firm. They had an anesthesia plan B ready in case I found the pain unbearable.

 

I saw my entire colon and chatted with the gastroenterologist, nurse, and technician throughout.

 

The gastroenterologist said I had the colon of a teenager. It did look pink and healthy. She praised me for being so relaxed -- she said she could see it in my colon.

 

The team was amazed I did it without drugs. The doctor said she was so proud of me about 20 times.

 

In colonoscopy, as in all things "all things must pass." Have a good attitude and you, too, can do a colonoscopy without drugs.

I am surprised this is not offered as an option more often. I had a colonscopy in 2010 after a pelvic weight lifting injury and I negotiated for just teh propfol (no benzo) and it never occured to me to do it without the drugs. I remember seeing the scope and thinking, jeez that thing is tiny and feeling relieved because for some reason I feared I'd be assaulted with an elephants trunk. In retrospect the propofol seems downright excessive. I had a piece of my bone sawed off last December and I endured that with only novacaine.

 

All said, good job Alto.

 

On the original topic, my experience with propofol was fine, no problems. The medication was very powerful to me though. I didn't remember going under or waking up, it was like 30minutes just disappeared from my life, very uneasy feeling but I was ok a few hrs later.

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Some people love propofol. The nurse said she wanted drugs for her colonoscopy because she liked the drugs. So there's that.

 

I saw my gyn a couple of days prior to the colonoscopy and she said she woke up during hers and, yep, the cramps felt like menstrual cramps.

 

I found them a little more intense but, big deal, I endured menstrual cramps every month for decades without begging for anesthesia.

 

In some cases, though, the person's colon is more twisty and I guess the procedure can be a lot more painful. Supposedly it's more difficult for women because women are smaller and have more organs packed in their abdomens. But I'm a small woman and it was fine without drugs, really.

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When I need to have one, I may try it without drugs also because of my sleep apnea and being so sensitive to meds.    Since I plan to use guided imagery MP3 recordings pre op and post op to reduce my need for meds when I have surgery on 3/6, I can see this working with a colonoscopy.

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Thanks Alto for letting us know & glad that you did so well. I'm afraid I would be too scared to try it without some sort of drugs. Still haven't done mine yet- this will convince me to schedule it anyway :)

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Hey all! Hope everyone is feeling ok today..

 

I'm doing great for the most part but I recently  had to get a procedure done (colonoscopy-oh.so.fun. LOL) - it's an outpatient procedure-all was well which is good news but the 'prep' is hard on your body, and you basically don't eat for almost 2 days, and then the procedure you're given Propofol - 

 

​Coming out of it I felt ok-but that night and the next day I just felt so out of it. I was in such a haze, and I felt like my thoughts and anxieties and depression were surfacing. Now it could've been my lack of sleep and just a lot my body went through but as you all know when you've been through something if you get a glimpse of the 'old you' it can be very scary!

 

I wonder if this is a trigger? I looked at your 'non-psych drugs with psych drug reactions' and I didn't see it on there. Just wondering if anyone else has had this experience?

 

​SO SORRY if i'm posting this in the wrong place.

 

Today i'm feeling better, not 100% but better. I'm just getting a little scared-I hope I didn't do permanent damage or anything  :unsure: I also haven't exercised in a couple of weeks b/c i was sick, then the prep for this, new job, etc.

 

Thanks in advance..
Stace

 

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stace

 

a friend of mine who is a nurse told me that anesthesia causes short term memory loss. 

 

When I had a hysterectomy in 1999 I was on Paxil.  I woke up in the Recovery Room crying.  I asked the Nurse to hold my hand.

Anesthesia yes and when I saw the Psych he told me there is a grieving period after having a hysterectomy.  The anesthesia added to the intensity.

 

I had a colonoscopy last year and was afraid of the outcome from anesthesia.  They use propofol.  I was fine.

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Hi,

I have been referred for a colonoscopy. As I received my instructions today I started to worry about the effect it may have on me...

 

I have to use a laxative called MoviPrep. It will completely flush everything out of my body.

 

Has anybody had a colonoscopy whilst on SSRI?

 

I am thinking about cancelling this assessment...

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I'll be looking for experienced responses, since I am due to have one myself! 

 

SG

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I may not expose myself for this extra "pain"...I have just managed to get a bit more settled and stronger...

 

The way I read about preparation, it takes at least of two days of complete mayhem, the side effects and drug interactions are quite worrying...

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Hi ikam,

 

What is the reason given for the suggestion that you have the colonscopy?

 

If you need to go through with it and don't have the option of postponing it, some suggestions that might make it easier.

 

1.    Do the procedure without any sedation.   Need to find an gastro who is experienced at doing this and will be gentle.

2.    Ask for propofol sedation.   My reasoning is that as someone who is very sensitive to meds, I have had zero problems with this drug.   Of course, your mileage will vary but the recovery is quite quick usually.   Disadvantage is insurance may not cover the drug for a colonoscopy.

3.   I saw this in the news but of course, I can't find the link.   Instead of being required to normally eat a clear liquid diet the day before the procedure, researchers found that eating a low fiber diet up until a certain hour works just as well and doesn't weaken you as much for the procedure.    Ask your doctor if this is an option.

 

Best of luck with your decision.

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I don't need to do this urgently. My GP referred me as I have low iron. But I read about PPI use and I think this is the reason. I have been on PPI for a very long time...

 

I expect that I would have lots of problems with MoviPrep.

I don't think I will get any understanding from my GP...

I have to take my decision myself...and I more gearing towards not having it...

 

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/Drugsafety/UcM253840.pdf

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/12/09/colonoscopy-pros-cons.aspx

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I had a consultation with gastrologist on Friday. He wants me to do CT Colonography, as he wants to find the reason for my anaemia. Unfortunately I will need to take some contrast medication prior to the procedure: https://www.drugs.co...de-effects.html

 

I am really concerned that this will affect me badly...

 

I tried to talk to him about PPI, and he said "it looks you are dependant so you will need to take it for life!"...

 

He was talking about anaemia and iron deficiency and did not even mention they may be a result of PPI!

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Have you looked into tapering off of the PPI to see if that improves things?  What were you put on it for?

 

You also might look into getting a 2nd opinion from another doctor.  How does that work in the UK?

 

CS

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Good idea about the PPI, compsports. Nobody is "addicted" to a PPI. It does require a fast taper to go off. See Tips for tapering off stomach acid blockers or PPIs...

 

ikam, please see discussion of colonoscopy above in this existing topic. I had one without sedatives.

 

Also, use search in this forum to see other mentions of colonoscopy.

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Thank you both. I am not going to deal with PPI as yet. Only just started Escitalopram. It will take me about two yeras or more. Dont know when to start PPI though...

I started PPI for acid reflux, I have it bad, affects oesophagus. But now I have it even worse (rebound acid) every time I try to stop PPI...

 

I will not have sedation. It is CT Colonography, less invasive. I need to have it done, but I think my anaemia relates to PPI, not to internal bleeding, as doctors want to see. They look for pathology everywhere, but they are "the main cause" of pathology themselves!

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