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Question: Colonoscopy.. will it hurt?

 yellowwheel - Thu May 08, 2008 6:34 pm

Colonoscopy.. will it hurt? Advised not to be put under due to blood pressure and allergy issues. What will it feel like. Is it painful. Do they put people out because of pain or just to make it easier on the doctor. Besides if you move you can do damage this I know very well. Just wondering if anyone had it done awake. Kinda scared it might hurt like a root canal at the dentist with out novacaine.

Thank you.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:38 pm

User avatar Hello,
Congratulations on your decision to have this important screening. The procedure is not at all painful but because people find it unpleasant (mostly psychological) they are usually given sedation of varying degrees. I assure you there really is no pain. The prep itself is usually considered the worst part because it is uncomfortable to have to have the bowel cleaned out. Stay close to the bathroom! The only other real concern is for people who don't tolerate the anesthesia well - some people become nauseated and this can be undesirable, but still not usually painful. Even if a polyp or two are found and removed to be sure they don't develop into anything bad, there is not pain associated with the procedure.

Best wishes.

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