• Chemo flashback from colonoscopy.

    Asked by nancyjac on Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Chemo flashback from colonoscopy.

    Ok, it wasn't literally a flashback, but the colonoscopy prep sure reminded me of chemo side effects. Couldn't eat, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, couldn't sleep cause I had to to go the bathroom every 20 minutes.....any of this sounding familiar as chemo side effects?

    The procedure itself was a piece of cake, but not being able to eat yesterday and then the "colon cleanse" last night was just like my side effects from chemo last year. Anybody else find this comparison to be true?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • Peroll's Avatar

      nancyjac, from my perspective you have the cart before the horse. Since I have colon cancer that was found during a colonoscopy the side effects of chemo were similar to the colonoscopy effects not the other way around. There was one big difference though and that is that the effects of the colonoscopy prep wore off fairly quickly after the prep was done. It also sounds like you did your prep the evening before. If you do it in the afternoon you can sleep because there is nothing left to cause you to go to the bathroom so often. Next time you have to do this (hopefully it will be 10 years for you) look me up I have become a pro at this as I have done it at least 5 times now.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I will let you know after March 18...when I experience my first colonoscopy :-)

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I've never had a colonoscopy, but dad has had one. He had no side effects from it except gas afterward.

      I hope you ordered the deluxe photo package, with the 8x10 glossies, 5x7, and wallet size.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Nancjac, since I had all my colonoscopies before I started chemo I didn't put it together, but you're right the prep is a lot like all a bunch of really bad side effects rolled into one.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Peroll, my instruction sheet had specific times when I was suppose to take the stuff and I didn't get it all finished until about 8 in the evening, but you are right about it not lasting as long. Once I got back home and had something to eat and a nap, I was fine.

      Nancebeth, good luck with yours, the procedure itself is a snap (because you won't remember it).

      LOL Freebird....they were running a special on photoengraved tee shirts.

      SueRae1, this was my first one. He removed most of one polyp that he thinks is benign (won't have path report for 5-7 days) but because of his size and location, he couldn't get it all, so I will likely have to do this again in 6 months so he can get the rest of it.

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      So glad you are done (at least for 6 months). It sounds like you handled the anesthesia well? I remember that being a big concern for you.

      I never even thought about the similarities between the two. I was eager to have my colonoscopy (ok, that sounds weird) because it was going to determine whether I was cancer-free and I wanted it to be a better outcome than the first one I had which is how I discovered I had cancer. After having done the prep so many times, my family jokes about it...hey, when you have colon cancer, you have to approach it with a sense of humor!

      I guess we all have things that trigger unpleasant memories.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Ikickedit.....yes, this was the first time I had anesthesia that didn't make me extremely nauseous. I forget what it is called, but it is the same drug that Micheal Jackson ODed on.

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Absolutely!! The day before a colonoscopy was like the third day after chemo for me. At least it wasn't every three weeks! LOL

      over 3 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      I had many colonoscopies before and after colon surgeries in 1998.I've been a mess since with colon ,small intestines problems.And now with bc ,surgeries of breast and lymp nodes,radiation treatments and chemo pills for 5 years I don't know what's causing what on /or side affects.I have many symtoms all the way around day and night.
      But it's like SueRae1 answered

      since I had all my colonoscopies before I started chemo I didn't put it together, but you're right the prep is a lot like all a bunch of really bad side effects rolled into one.

      over 3 years ago
    • MillieS's Avatar

      Just a little hint that I got from a nurse.....go on a soft food diet 2 days before cleansing and it lessens those side effects. I did it and it worked for me.

      over 3 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar

      Hi nancyjac, it has been awhile since any of us have heard from you. You have been a major
      source of inspiration, caring and information. We are all missing your wise input here. Hope
      you'll return soon. Yes, I agree with you, the colon cleanse for a colonoscopy does create a similar feeling to chemo. Could you let us know how you are doing? We're here worrying about you..

      about 3 years ago

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