#1
This is my 2nd colonoscopy in 2 years. Nothing serious, just a routine checkup for a condition I have.

I'm prepping for it today, and honestly, the prep is way way worse than the actual procedure.

I've had much worse medical procedures done on me; prep aside, colonoscopies aren't all that bad. I was conscious for the entire thing [but on painkillers] last time and hardly felt anything.

So if you're game, how bout we get all touchy-feely and share medical procedure stories.

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#3
I can't remember what the actual name is, but I got the EKG they take from in your esophagus a few years back. You can't eat for 12 hours beforehand, you have to swallow this nasty lidocaine gel, and they cram a tube down your throat while forcing you to stay awake and alert for 30+ minutes.

The kicker is that it hurts like shit to swallow for 5-6 hours afterwards, so the doctors say you are allowed to eat and your throat is like "Fuck you, no you can't."
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#4
The weirdest procedure I've had was freezing a zit off. I went to the doctor for bronchitis and while I was there I mentioned that the pimple on my forehead had been there for 3 weeks with no change despite various treatments. I didn't expect him to actually do anything about it but he did so yay!

Possibly the least painful/disgusting procedure I've ever had but it was completely unexpected so I felt quite unsettled during the whole thing
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#6
had an ingrown toenail removed. They injected me with an anesthetic twice but it still hurt a loooot
#7
Catheter put in, twice, once after surgery unconscious, once conscious after they found out I still couldn't urinate, conscious both times they took it out. I had an emergency surgery and had my spleen removed.
So I've docs all up in my guts and my dick.

Also I've had a ton of smaller procedures, but only one serious one.
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Catheter put in, twice, once after surgery unconscious, once conscious after they found out I still couldn't urinate, conscious both times they took it out. I had an emergency surgery and had my spleen removed.
So I've docs all up in my guts and my dick.


That is absolutely terrifying.
#9
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Catheter put in, twice, once after surgery unconscious, once conscious after they found out I still couldn't urinate, conscious both times they took it out. I had an emergency surgery and had my spleen removed.
So I've docs all up in my guts and my dick.

Also I've had a ton of smaller procedures, but only one serious one.


When I was 13 i was hospitalized for about a week. I was cathed a few times a day because I couldn't urinate either.

First time was a total relief; felt strange, but was glad because I hadn't peed all day. 2nd time they did it I cried like a bitch. Had to do it twice in one sitting because apparently they had to use a bigger catheter ( ).
#11
i watched one when was in clinical rotations. They knocked the guy out first (obviously). But beforehand they make you drink this PEG (i think) cleanser fluid, and you can't eat for like 16 hours or something before the procedure.

You'll be okay.
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#12
I've never had to go to hospital, but sometimes I feel I should do something stupid just so I can use the NHS for free.
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#13
I have Crohn's disease, so I've also had 2 colonoscopies in the past few years. I wholeheartedly agree that prepping is the worst part. For my last one, I mixed the laxatives in with blue gatorade. Needles to say, I haven't drank blue gatorade since.

I've also had a test where i swallowed a small camera and had to wear a fanny-pack type thing that the camera transmitted the images to, which was 10000x less painless and i think accomplishes the same thing as a scope, so I'm not sure why they don't just do that more often

EDIT: plus i've had multiple MRI's, CT scans, x-rays etc for my Crohn's, but those have been way easier. Worst part about those is drinking the Barium shit, but I'd still rather do that than shit my brains out for a whole day beforehand.
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The weirdest procedure I've had was freezing a zit off. I went to the doctor for bronchitis and while I was there I mentioned that the pimple on my forehead had been there for 3 weeks with no change despite various treatments. I didn't expect him to actually do anything about it but he did so yay!

Possibly the least painful/disgusting procedure I've ever had but it was completely unexpected so I felt quite unsettled during the whole thing

That's such an easy solution though! It probably is pretty odd, though.
#15
This is just like the embarrassing illness thread. I'll say what I've already said there.

I've never had such a procedure of any kind like that. I've simply never needed to. Good for me.
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I have Crohn's disease, so I've also had 2 colonoscopies in the past few years. I wholeheartedly agree that prepping is the worst part. For my last one, I mixed the laxatives in with blue gatorade. Needles to say, I haven't drank blue gatorade since.

I've also had a test where i swallowed a small camera and had to wear a fanny-pack type thing that the camera transmitted the images to, which was 10000x less painless and i think accomplishes the same thing as a scope, so I'm not sure why they don't just do that more often

EDIT: plus i've had multiple MRI's, CT scans, x-rays etc for my Crohn's, but those have been way easier. Worst part about those is drinking the Barium shit, but I'd still rather do that than shit my brains out for a whole day beforehand.


I'm currently on a diet consisting of broth, coffee, gatorade [coincidentally blue flavoured] and jello.

I seldom eat jello any other time of the year so I'm afraid that jello will forever be associated with prepping for colonoscopies. Not very concerned, there are other and better deserts out there anyway.
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I'm afraid that jello will forever be associated with prepping for colonoscopies.

Don't worry, it will be.
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#18
Had to prep for a colonoscopy a while ago. Mostly amounted to drinking Gatorade mixed with a lot of laxative. Haven't drank Gatorade since. Otherwise, it wasn't a big deal. Just some quality toilet time with my Kindle.
#19
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That's such an easy solution though! It probably is pretty odd, though.

It's so tempting to go back and do it whenever I have another stubborn zit but most can heal on their own so it's fine haha
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#20
I was going to make some shitty joke but after hearing what you guys went though I don't feel like it any more.
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Worst I've had would be getting my wisdom teeth out, not eating for 12 hours sucks. I was absolutely starving and then you can't bloody eat after it
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#22
My mom is getting a colonscopy tomorrow!

That's why we didn't get dinner tonight for Mother's Day.

Also because my sister is ****ing flaky and she can't schedule stuff for shit.
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#23
when I got tested for diabetes I couldn't eat for something like 12 or 24 hours I forget then you drink some sugar water and they test your glucose. Thing is when my blood sugar gets low I get in a whole mess of trouble and by the end of I was falling over from dizziness and had to be carried into the room for the test. Probably could of been conclusive enough evidence right there.. but they still made me do the stupid test.
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I have Crohn's disease, so I've also had 2 colonoscopies in the past few years. I wholeheartedly agree that prepping is the worst part. For my last one, I mixed the laxatives in with blue gatorade. Needles to say, I haven't drank blue gatorade since.

I've also had a test where i swallowed a small camera and had to wear a fanny-pack type thing that the camera transmitted the images to, which was 10000x less painless and i think accomplishes the same thing as a scope, so I'm not sure why they don't just do that more often

EDIT: plus i've had multiple MRI's, CT scans, x-rays etc for my Crohn's, but those have been way easier. Worst part about those is drinking the Barium shit, but I'd still rather do that than shit my brains out for a whole day beforehand.

All of the feels. I've got Crohn's too.

Barium was pretty gross. Colonoscopy prep is 100x worse though.
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#26
Funny-

I woke up at 5 am local time to drink the last dose of laxative and quickly chugged 4 glasses of water down.

For some reason, the flavour of the laxative leaned towards actually being enjoyable.

My first colonoscopy I had to drink like 2 litres or some gargantuan amount of really disgusting stuff really slowly over an entire afternoon. Complete torture; "Mixed fruit" flavour my ass.

Very glad I did the other way this time.
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All of the feels. I've got Crohn's too.

Barium was pretty gross. Colonoscopy prep is 100x worse though.

someone knows the struggle
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#28
I started shitting blood one day, so went to the doc and got scheduled for a colonoscopy. The prep wasnt so bad, except I couldnt eat solid foods for a full day. I also had to drink an awful concoction of laxatives that tasted like liquid lemon candies. The shits werent so bad, it was just basically pisssing out of your ass. As far as the colonoscopy itself, I was conscious but sedated and dont remember a single thing.
#29
I've probably had 200+ catheters over a span of ten years. I haven't had one in quite a while and man is it scary to think of returning to them. I was cath'ing myself for at least six months. Can't remember the time frame. I had a super-pubic catheter put in my where a tube was basically inserted above where my penis is so it could go directly to my bladder and it was stitched down. I'd piss then open up some adjoining tubes to empty my bladder entirely.

Hospitals make me nervous.
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I had some fungal infection in my belly button making it bleed they thought it was something with my bladder so they shoved a tube down my dick it hurt
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#31
i prepped for this thread.

it was insufficient
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i prepped for this thread.

it was insufficient


Should've gone with the laxative m8