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PzGeneral02 Aug 2012 2:53 p.m. PST

…And it was no big deal….

Had my first "probing" today. Yesterday and first thing this morning was much, much worse….

Last night and again when I woke up today, I had to drink 4 cups of a foul "Lemon" flavored substance called "MoviPrep". The "evacuation" process lasted only about 2 hours after I consumed said liquid…not all night as I feared.

The anesthesia was administered by I.V. (I HATE I.V.s). Laying on my left side, in all my glory, the Anesthesiologist told me she was injecting Fentanyl and Versaid. I asked if I had time for my 'catch phrase', she said sure. "We are about to boldly go where no man has ever gone before!" The next thing I knew I was waking up in the recovery.

Everything is fine, 3 small polyps. Removed and sent for biopsy. I felt drunk for about hour. Groggy till I took a nap.

I'm not going to jump up on a soap box and declare everyone needs to get one of these procedure done. But what I will say is if you have any apprehension, don't worry. It was no big deal….. thumbs up


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Aug 2012 2:58 p.m. PST

I'm due again… frown

The Hobbybox Inactive Member02 Aug 2012 3:20 p.m. PST

Similar experience for me, canular in the hand, 2 vials of drugs, then woke up an hour later.

Helped finally track down the source of my IBS so pretty good result.

pmwalt02 Aug 2012 3:29 p.m. PST

I suppose I ought to go ahead and follow the Doctors orders and schedule one…. I'm overdue

kidbananas02 Aug 2012 3:37 p.m. PST

The "prep" is the worst of it.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member02 Aug 2012 3:49 p.m. PST

They put you under? Chickens.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2012 4:07 p.m. PST

Not fun even with the cool drugs. Don't want another.

chuck05 Fezian02 Aug 2012 4:21 p.m. PST

What, no pictures? :)

Micman Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2012 4:25 p.m. PST

Not looking forward to it, but I know that it will have to be done.

When they finally decide that I need one, I have to make sure that the Dr orders the anesthesia other wise my insurance will not cover that part.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2012 4:40 p.m. PST

Get it done. I had one about two years ago and as has been said the prep we the worse part.

One of my co-workers had delayed his and really got his money's worth when they found something to big to just nip out at the time. Thankfully he is expected to make a full recovery.

I did hove some fun going in. The doctor ask if it was my first time (I guess he could tell). I said yes and how about you?

Cincinnatus Inactive Member02 Aug 2012 4:48 p.m. PST

I think people must have given you the wrong impression if you expected the procedure to be the problem. Its ALWAYS the prep. I've not talked to one person who had any issues with the procedure. EVERYONE says the prep is the worst part by far.

People told me I wouldn't remember anything about it but I do remember my procedure and even talking to the docs during and immediately after. There was no pain, just a pressure sensation (oh thank the Lord for that). I am resistant to drugs (which sucked the first time I forget to tell the new dentist) so that probably accounts for it but I think they use different drugs than they did 5 years ago so maybe the next one will be memory free.

Even though the prep will suck, I encourage everyone to have it done when the time comes.

PzGeneral02 Aug 2012 5:18 p.m. PST

I have a friend who is a Nurse. She has assisted on other scopes and she told me the funniest thing she ever heard was from someone who was almost under who said, when looking at the TV screen as they approached "the target zone"…

"Oh look, there's my Boss…..!"

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2012 5:34 p.m. PST

I'm not having one. They ruined me with a cystoscopy. I'm waiting for that miniaturised submarine procedure to be approved.

Whatisitgood4atwork Inactive Member02 Aug 2012 8:35 p.m. PST

That's it Skippy, just tell them to shove it. Oh, wait.

combatpainter Fezian Inactive Member02 Aug 2012 8:36 p.m. PST

Just a bitty camera up to watuzy. It is nothing overly risky or anything. The only tyhing that can go weong really is with the anesthesia but that is even pretty safe.

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member02 Aug 2012 8:55 p.m. PST

I made a little "Exit Only" sign and stuck it on my butt. It got a lot of laughs.

Actually, I think the my favorite part is when they tell you that you can't leave until you fart. Hey! No problem.

Now that you've had a colonoscopy, try a cystoscope…AND watch it on TV.

Kidding aside a colonoscopy is one of the least uncofortable tests you can take and the benefits are considerable.

OldGrenadier at work03 Aug 2012 4:25 a.m. PST

Try and find Jeff Foxworthy's take on having one. It may be on YouTube. It's absolutely hilarious :)

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2012 6:57 a.m. PST

I had my first in May. 8 of the little Bleeped texts removed. Go back in three years. I did not find the prep that terrible, other than not being able to eat…..and no, jello and broth are not real foods. Not a bad experience, was awake the entire time, if I could have worn my glasses I had a great view of the screen. But, alas my vision is poor without them. Had some discomfort in the middle, but nothing more drugs didn't help.

kallman03 Aug 2012 7:00 a.m. PST

Yep the prep is the killer. The actual procedure is a breeze. Welcome to the club.

pphalen Inactive Member03 Aug 2012 10:12 a.m. PST

A patient is at his protcologist getting an exam.
A nurse runs into the room and hads teh doctor a beer.

He says, "No, Nurse, I wanted a Butt Light!"

SgtPain03 Aug 2012 8:28 p.m. PST

I am glad everything turned out OK. I agree with you, the prep is the worst part of the whole procedure. But a few of the earlier posters, I'm overdue for my annual exam.

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Aug 2012 9:58 a.m. PST

I went for something similar myself, although it was a barium enema. Hated that "Lemon" flavored substance. There was one doctor and two assistants. The third assistant looked like she was 16 years old. Turned out she was 16 years old. She was part of a "take a girl to work day". She signed up at her high school to see what it was like working in a hospital and for some reason, she ended up watching me get a hose shoved up my ***. Much fun was had by all.

All I can say about a barium enema is that it takes about 20 minutes to insert the barium, and it takes about 4 days to get rid of it. It acts like a concrete plug. Much fun.

Rogzombie Fezian26 Jul 2015 6:23 p.m. PST

Oh God I hada barium enema 30 years ago, drinking that stuff was ghastly. Strangely enough it smelled exactly like the handsoap the hospital used….

Rogzombie Fezian26 Jul 2015 6:23 p.m. PST

BTW the prep isnt the worst part. The chance of you finding out you are dying is.

Old Wolfman04 Aug 2015 6:42 a.m. PST

Got one scheduled for September 11th,and they want me to mix the prep powder with 64 oz. of Gatorade(lemon-lime flavor). And Pphalen,I saw that one in a Tom Cheney cartoon. :)

Old Wolfman20 Aug 2015 6:32 a.m. PST

Doc called,they rescheduled it for September 15th. Had an heart echo exam yesterday.

Old Wolfman10 Sep 2015 6:44 a.m. PST

Just a few more days now. And the cardio echo exam results turned out OK.

Old Wolfman16 Sep 2015 6:36 a.m. PST

Procedure was cancelled. Was unable to get someone with me at hospital,so docs declined to perform procedure. I concurred,and left. Will eventually reschedule,but will likely wait a while before trying again.

Old Wolfman23 Sep 2015 6:32 a.m. PST

Presently waiting for phone call from doc to reschedule.

Old Wolfman09 Nov 2015 7:35 a.m. PST

A step closer now to resched.

Old Wolfman10 Nov 2015 7:36 a.m. PST

Got it. 11/24,9 AM. Hope it goes better this trip.

Old Wolfman21 Nov 2015 11:33 a.m. PST

3 more days to go,and I got a bud to meet me at the hospital,this time.

Old Wolfman28 Nov 2015 11:41 a.m. PST

Did it,and results;All clear. Don't have to worry about another for at least 10 more years. Nurses and docs said I was one of the best they'd seen,called me one of the most cheerful patients there that day. I was chatting up the nurses and docs,joking and even singing a bit as they stuck me for the IV solution,rolled me into the OR,etc. Got home OK with work bud. One of my brothers is looking into a less invasive exam,due to unavailability of transport by second party.

Old Wolfman15 Jan 2016 8:08 a.m. PST

Now it's my wife's turn. 2 weeks from now.

Old Wolfman01 Feb 2016 7:52 a.m. PST

Herself's exam went well. Doc found 2 small polyps,easily snipped them and she's OK.

Old Wolfman16 Feb 2016 7:37 a.m. PST

The aforementioned polyps,according to tests,were benign.

Old Wolfman01 Feb 2017 7:37 a.m. PST

Now the missus is having a biopsy done on her thyroid,after a mass of some sort was found on it during a routine exam.

Old Wolfman08 Feb 2017 7:54 a.m. PST

A pair of small nodules were found,less than 1cm each. Ultrasound exam confirmed them. Return in 6 months.

Old Wolfman10 Apr 2017 7:28 a.m. PST

My youngest brother had a less invasive test done,it turned out OK.

Old Wolfman21 Aug 2017 6:44 a.m. PST

Good news,my wife's thyroid ultrasound went OK,and they want to check again next year,to make sure;but no immediate danger so far.

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