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  •  Actually, the colonoscopy I had without anesthesia (3+ / 0-)
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    was quite painful. I asked if it was worse than childbirth, and they said that was what it was compared to. Since I survived that, I decided to go ahead. But the nurse probably had my handprint seared on her hand because I was holding it the whole time. I wasn't sorry when it was done, however, because I was clearheaded.

    •  Sorry to hear that, but thankful for the heads up. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Most people are sedated (3+ / 0-)
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      BusyinCA, worldlotus, Lorikeet

      and there is some danger if you jump around during the procedure. Sedation is probably the right thing for most people, because they are frightened. I think a lot of it is anatomy, some people have a much more tortuous colon than others. It's going around the corners that creates the discomfort. I have a straight colon with just a few major bends, and the first one, when they found my tumor, wasn't that uncomfortable. Now my colon is a lot shorter, so the exam is quicker. The thing I like best about not being sedated is that I can watch the exam real time and have a discussion with the physician during the exam. I have an exceptional gastroenterologist who is very skilled with the endoscope. We have many common interests. When I went in for my last pre-colonoscopy exam we ended up talking for more than an hour. I was his last patient of the day so we were just chatting away, mostly about medical technology.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 08:50:28 PM PDT

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    •  Did your physician encourage you to have the (3+ / 0-)
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      exam without sedation? If so, that's uncommon.

      I am working with a small team of engineers and material scientists that have a product that I think will make it more common for people to have pain free colonoscopies, without sedation. The endoscopes are smaller and more flexible than in the past, but this disposable will help both the physician and the patient.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 11:10:00 PM PDT

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      •  I doubt if any physicians encourage the exam that (3+ / 0-)
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        OleHippieChick, VClib, BusyinCA

        way. I read the disclaimer about getting anesthesia, and it appeared you didn't have to have it, so I asked. They said about 10% of people didn't have it. I thought I could avoid a needle that way, but they put it in "in case" and took it out at the end and didn't need it. I think this year I'll have to figure out some way to have a light anesthetic because after two bouts of radiation treatments for cancer (which worked, but who knows what a mess it left behind) I'm afraid it won't be as easy.

      •  and reduce instances of perforation! (1+ / 0-)
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        VClib

        Perfectly healthy people have died as a result.

        BTW, your competitor EXAS is having an adcomm meeting today to weigh in on their stool test.

      •  I haven't heard anything yet (0+ / 0-)

        I just have a referral. I'm thinking asking for more than a Xanax might be a good idea, from what I have read here.

        Thanks to everyone for the feedback, this has been most productive.

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