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Posted by: Jane, Friday, November 10, 2006, 4:17pm
I had a colonoscopy yesterday.  Because I have ulcerative colitis, my gastroenterologist always does a lot of biopsies and I guess he removed a polyp.  I breezed through the prep the other night by using Visicol (the pills) instead of the liquid and I thought that maybe this time, I'd be in good shape.  I asked for a saline drip to make sure I didn't get an corn sweeteners and they gave me Versed and Fentanyl and something for nausea (who knows what was in those).  I left there with the usual stomachache and more bleeding than usual (from the polyp).  Took a little nap on the couch when I got home, ate lightly but this morning I feel like I was hit by a truck.  Every muscle hurts, my head hurts, I have NO energy.  I should have stayed home but I'm at work.  Is it just the drugs getting out of my system or what?
Any suggestions?  I took some bromelain and Deflect and Polyflora and they usual stuff I always take.  
Posted by: Darko2300, Friday, November 10, 2006, 4:25pm; Reply: 1
Ah!  I'm so sorry you're at work!

The same thing happened to my mom after her colonoscopy - I think its just the drugs getting out of your system.  I didn't have too many problems after mine (aside from the gas and cramps - I think that was the worst part).

Aside from drinking lots of water and making sure you replenish the beneficial bacteria you lost in the 'prep', I'm not sure what else you can do.  :(

Hang in there!

- Mike (Fellow UC sufferer)

Posted by: Jane, Friday, November 10, 2006, 4:43pm; Reply: 2
I don't know why my muscles and joints hurt.  Maybe I tensed up last night when I slept.
I talked to my gastro about Polyflora and told him I'd get him the information.  He mentioned something called VSL3 that's been a successful probiotic with people that have UC and that is actually being specifically tested for people with UC and IBS.  
I had a yogurt when I came home (water buffalo) and some ground veal browned in ghee and olive oil with a little kale around 8 last night.  
This morning I had some scrambled eggs and a tiny piece of manna bread and some pineapple juice.  Hoping that by tomorrow I'll feel normal.  
I have a lot I have to get done over the weekend.
Posted by: RHTeacher, Sunday, November 12, 2006, 12:50am; Reply: 3
How are you feeling today?  My question is - Were you Put under anesthesia totally, or were you aware of what was going on?  The first time I had a colonoscopy I was given Demerol and was fully aware (but did not feel) what was going on.  I was shown the monitor of where they were exploring.  It was very interesting. I felt as though I could have driven myself home afterward but was told to have someone there to drive me. Others have told me that they were put under totally.  My only other experience with anesthesia was a laparoscopy and I DID feel like a mack truck hit me the next day!  I am due for another colonoscopy so I am interested in others experiences in knowing what to ask for. (The pills instead of drinking a gallon of "ocean water" sounds like a good alternative for the prep).
Posted by: Rodney, Sunday, November 12, 2006, 3:58pm; Reply: 4
I hope you are doing better today Jane, thanks for dicussing this with us I am to have one of them things soon but am chicken :-/. I have read that it shouldn't be done if you are having touble down there.. spicificly diviculitus which I am still recovering from. I never considered any post problems with the test thanks for the heads up. of course the Dr. would never tell me anything like that. I also would like to get the CT scan paid off before I encounter more expense, my ND feels I should hold out having it until I am feeling better. Then again I should have it done to find out whats going on.
Posted by: mikeo, Monday, November 13, 2006, 1:37pm; Reply: 5
Hey Jane

Sorry you're feeling the effects of the examination...if you're feeling achy still I would suggest an epson salts bath and the following
Posted by: Jane, Monday, November 13, 2006, 3:11pm; Reply: 6
I had Versed (makes you forget) and Fentanyl for the pain.  I was out for most of it.  I was kind of aware at the end.  What bothers me is that it's been getting worse every year so I'm pretty sure it's a drug reaction.  I feel better but I sort of feel like there's a blockage somewhere.  When I eat, it's like my stomach shrunk and after a bite or two I'm feeling full.  I guess I should be glad.

I'm back taking my probiotics and despite being an O I've had a fair amount of yogurt for the bacteria.  I do have a call into my doctor to let him know.  The first couple that I had I could have gone back to work.  My dad had 2 colonoscopies and 2 sigmoidoscopies and he was so good afterwards that he wanted to go out to a restaurant!  I could barely make it to the couch!  I did have a polyp removed and a lot of biopsies.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 13, 2006, 5:14pm; Reply: 7
I don't like those colonoscopies.  I've only had one, a couple of years ago, and it threw me into a horrible IBS that lasted for about 3 months.  Maybe it was that salt solution that they gave me to drink.  I would sure like to find an alternative for that, when I have the test again.

As far as the anesthesia, I had an IV, and when I woke up, I felt so relaxed and happy.  Strangely, I had no ill effects from that part of the procedure at all.  I drank a lot of water afterwards, started on my probiotics, and rested for a day as much as possible.  But my digestion . . whew!  That set me back.
Posted by: Jane, Monday, November 13, 2006, 5:19pm; Reply: 8
Instead of the stuff you have to drink, I took Visicol Tablets, a prescription this time. It's much easier on the system, not as violent.  I just don't know what happened afterwards.  I'm still not feeling great and it's been 4 days.  I'm achy like I had the flu.  That's also a symptom of a UC flare up though so it could be that the colonoscopy or all the biopsies and polypectomy  have me irritated.  
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 13, 2006, 5:38pm; Reply: 9
That's what it sounds like to me, Jane.  Maybe bromelain would help you to eliminate the inflammation.  Take it on an empty stomach three times a day.  Works wonders.

And it's no surprise that you would be inflammed, because they did a lot of "poking around" in your gut.  Try the bromelain.
Posted by: Suzanne, Monday, November 13, 2006, 5:52pm; Reply: 10
Hi Jane,
Your post and the comments brought back memories of my bad colonoscopy experience last year.  We corresponded about our experiences back then, and you really encouraged me.  I wrote 5 blogs about what I learned.  I began to feel better when I figured out how to eat an easy to digest version of the Type O diet.

For others who are reading this thread, perhaps the most important blog for Type Os and colonoscopy was this one.
Posted by: Jane, Monday, November 13, 2006, 6:07pm; Reply: 11
I felt more like I had the flu.  I didn't have any diarrhea at all.  I did have the normal gas from the procedure.  I still feel a little achy and almost like there's something in my stomach blocking things.  It's just a weird feeling.  I get colonoscopies once a year because of the colitis so I thought I was pretty prepared.  Next year I'll know to plan to take the following day off of work because they really do knock the heck out of me and they didn't use to.  The first one, back in 94 I think was no biggie at all.  Once I got throught the miserable prep, the test was a breeze.  This was just the opposite.  I've got the prep down to a science (for me at least) and I felt great.  Once I got home, I felt as if I'd been hit by the proverbial truck.  Everything hurt.   My stomach, my joints, especially my knees, elbows, even my fingers.  My head felt like it was going to explode.  I took a nap on the couch.  I got up and forced myself to take a shower and go to work but I had to leave midway through the day because I was still feeling really awful.  I went home and got back on the couch, covered up with a blanket and watched HGTV and Oprah!  I'm just concerned that it's some kind of drug reaction because it's worse each year.  Got a call into the Dr.  He's good about listening!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 13, 2006, 6:15pm; Reply: 12
Could it possibly be a delayed reaction to the visicol?
Posted by: colojd, Monday, November 13, 2006, 8:22pm; Reply: 13
Suzanne, I know what you mean about false positives. I had my physical in Oct and doctor did a quickie smear on a slide for fecal occult. It did not show up with bright blue spots like it does if there is blood, but there were pale gray ones. I was kind of upset until she asked me if I had been taking high doses of vitamin C. I had - we just bought a product called Emergen-C at the grocery store. It is a fizzy type vitamin that also has B in it and we heard that it was a good way to get extra C to protect against colds and flu. I was glad she finally mentioned it because I was pretty scared. So if any of you have to submit your stool sample for this test, remember this as well and avoid a lot of C before the tests.

There is another test that is supposed to be less invasive than the colonoscopy. I think it is called a flexible sygmoscopy (sp).  You are supposed to be awake, lay on your side and they only go a little way into the colon. Has anyone had this one? Doctors now all want middle aged patients to do them - all these tests are frustrating!
Posted by: Jane, Monday, November 13, 2006, 8:42pm; Reply: 14
I've had a bunch of sigmoidoscopies.  They are no big deal....a little uncomfortable, more embarassing than anything.  I've even gone from work and then gone back.  Depends on how much of a prep you need to do.  I think my situation is complicated by all the biopsies the doc does.

Good question about the Visicol.  I'll have to research what's in it I guess.  I felt pretty good afterwards, much better than with other preps.  The problems were after the procedure, not after the prep but maybe it's the combination.
Posted by: Jane, Monday, November 13, 2006, 8:43pm; Reply: 15
I took some bromelain but maybe not enough.  I'll try some more.
Posted by: colojd, Monday, November 13, 2006, 8:46pm; Reply: 16
Thanks Jane. I heard that you don't need to be put to sleep which definitely is a big thing for me. I have a high tolerance for pain or being uncomfortable, so that is good news to hear that they are not a big deal. My husband just had his physical this afternoon and the doctor recommended he have one and my doctor had told me this fall that her doctor's group want to do them for people over 50 (like me). So knowing they are not a big deal is a big comfort to me and I will tell my husband, too!

Once you get to 50, I have found that the doctors have a longer list of tests!
Posted by: Jane, Monday, November 13, 2006, 8:54pm; Reply: 17
I think I was about 50 when I was diagnosed with colitis, might have been a little earlier.  Wish I could get away with just having a sigmoidoscopy.  

I had a lump removed last year from my neck which turned out to be scar tissue from an earlier thyroidectomy/parathyroidectomy with just a local at Mass. General a year or so ago.  I preferred that to getting a general anesthesia and getting nauseous or whatever from that.
Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 2:55pm; Reply: 18
Finally feeling normal today!  It shouldn't have taken that long.  Doc called me back yesterday but I missed the call.  I actually went to my first pilates class last night.  I was the oldest person there by a LOT!  So much leg and core work I had a hard time keeping up but I survived and I'm only a little sore.  I know it will be worse tomorrow.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 3:17pm; Reply: 19
Jane, I think this is sorta on the line that Victoria mentioned, but what I'd do is have your dr look back and see what drugs were used in the past. That way, you'll have something to compare and something to 'investigate'.  ;D
I had a horrible experience when being put under when I had my tubal. About a second or 2 before I was OUT, I felt like I was having a heart attack. I was too far gone to say anything, but not too far gone to know what it felt like and that I might be dying. It was very  :o  :o. Took me a long time to find out what happened. And who knows if it was even the truth.  :-/   Someone finally said it was prob an allergic reaction to one of the drugs. I have mentioned it to the anesthegiologist (sp?) for other operations. Didn't want a repeat of that!! Glad you are feeling better Jane!!!  :K)
Posted by: Jane, Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 8:01pm; Reply: 20
Thanks.  That's what I plan to do.  I know that I've had Versed with all of them.  The first few years was no problem.  I don't know whether I've had Fentanyl with all of them.  I'll have to ask the doctor when I talk to him.  In all fairness, there is a lot of stuff going around.  One of the other managers (in a different location) had a stomach bug.  I was really just very very very achy, head, joints, muscles.  Feeling a lot more human now!
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 3:20am; Reply: 21
Wow! What an ordeal!  That's why I'm scared to have one of those.  It's the meds more than the procedure.  Why do drs. give so much medication to everyone & the same doses?
Mrs "T"   O+
Posted by: Janet, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 12:56pm; Reply: 22
Jane...continuing on the theme of the medications which they use, my huband has had very many CAT scans and at one hospital was first injected with a dye (they said). He was so ill, almost in a state of collapse, he could hardly walk.
Afterwards the consultant marked his notes that he was allergic to that drug/treatment and must never have it again.

As Mrs T says, not everyone can take the same medication or even doses.

I had two polyps removed last Wedneday + biopsies but in the uterus area and felt really sore in the stomach area, in hindsight I should have taken a day or two without driving too.
Hope you're feeling much better today.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 1:21pm; Reply: 23
Hi Janet!  Hope you are feeling better.  If I had any of the mentioned procedures in this thread, I would arrange for a few days to rest.  I think the drs. tell the patients they can go back to work so they don't worry or get hypochondriac.  But, that's wrong.  I think it leads to more complications--maybe more money for already overworked drs. who could spend their energies on other things rather than a patient who 'did too much too soon' after a procedure.
Sea Salt & Light,
Mrs "T"  O+
Posted by: Janet, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 4:15pm; Reply: 24
Well here in Spain my recoup time (according to the hospital) was to sit on the edge of the exam couch for several minutes, before getting dressed and then I had to sit in a chair for about 15 minutes whilst the consultant did his paperwork for me to take away!! I had no other advice.
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