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    What was the next 2-3 days like after having your colonoscopy?

    Asked by GGP on Friday, December 28, 2012

    What was the next 2-3 days like after having your colonoscopy?

    I need to have another one done, I am trying to remember what I went through after the last one, but really don't remember much about it. There was a lot going on at that time.

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I have not yet had a colonoscopy. Might be about time to scedule one. But now...I think I'm worried about what they "might" see. Not that I have any reasons to think they will find anything at all. What's a good age to get your first one? I',ll be 36 in March.

      over 7 years ago
    • cancervivor's Avatar

      I have been told over 50, unless you have a history of colorectal cancer in your family.

      over 7 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I've not yet had the pleasure. Cancervivor has it right. Working in the industry, most of our groups cover a screening colonoscopy beginning at age 50 unless there is a medical necessity to have one sooner (family history, etc). A lot of employers/plans cover at least the initial screening colonscopy at 100% as a preventative wellness screening. Greg, that info doesn't help you much, but maybe it helps TC?

      over 7 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      I'm pretty sure there were no lingering side effects the time I had one. That was a few years ago and I should probably get another.

      over 7 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      My recall is going to lunch straight out of the colonoscopy, and being required to lay low for 24 hours, to ensure all sedatives were out of my system. After lunch, I slept away the rest of the day. By the next day, I was fine and back to normal. (My next one is in April.)

      over 7 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Sure a lot better than the day of, or worse, the day before, LOL!

      over 7 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      No lingering after effects at all. I've had 3 of them. The worst part is the prep (ugh).

      over 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Greg, most of the colonoscipies I had the recovery afterwards was no problem. Just an afternoon of fog from the antithesia. I never had any side effects and was able to eat normally afterwards. I do seem to remember being hungry as I hadn't had anything real to eat from the preperation. The preperation is by far the hardest part but I have learned lots of tricks to get through it. I keep getting the 1 gallon stuff you mix in tha jug they give you at the pharmcy. It comes with "flavor packets" which are a wast of time. I just mix it 50-50 with clear juice (usually apple) which makes the juice taste really bad but at least I can choke it down that way.

      Now the recovery after my first colonoscopy was much different, not because I felt any different but because I was told that I had colon cancer. That was like a huge kick in the stomach and then some, but it had nothing to do from the physical effects ot the procedure. We are all hoping that no one, incouding you, has to have that experience ever!!! Good Luck.

      As to TC's question of when to get the first colonoscopy the general guidance is at 50 years of age if there is no family history of colon cancer or 10 years prior to the first diagnosis in a blood relative if there is a family history. So TC you get to look into your ancestors!!

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Glad you asked this because I will be getting my first one shortly. I am 65 and held off until it was covered in full by my medicare advantage plan. My co-payment under my previous plan would have been over $500. Both my primary care and my oncologist were ok with me holding off and my PET scan last year didn't show any hot spots in that area.

      My husband had one a couple of years back and he also said that the worst part was drinking the crap and the clean out the day before.

      over 7 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I've had several due to being diagnosed with colon cancer at 45. I listened to others who had already had the procedure tell me that the prep was the worst part of the process. I looked at them like they were nuts. I was more concerned with what was going on to me when I was asleep. I'm a control-freak and quite modest. Like the others have said, yes, as it turns out, the prep is the most unpleasant part of the procedure....unless you are diagnosed with colon cancer, which left me numb and broken in tears and despair. So, let's not talk about my first colonoscopy.

      I had another colonoscopy after I finished my chemo treatments and went out to lunch with my husband immediately after the procedure. He drove as I was not allowed to drive for the remainder of that day. I was in a bit of an anesthesia fog so I wouldn't attempt to drive or go to work, but other than that, I was fine and returned to work and my normal lifestyle the next day.

      Like Peroll writes, it is recommended that you have your first screening at age 50. I wouldn't have been alive at age 50 had I waited that long, but I was bleeding from my bottom which of course alarmed me and caused the doctor to order one. My children will have to be screened ten years prior to my diagnosis, so they will need to go at age 35. My husband received approval from our doctor and insurance company to have one at age 45 (which was several years prior to my diagnosis) because he had several family members who had history of polyps.

      According to my insurance company, what is covered depends on why the test is being done. Insurance companies have different policies so call. I believe ours covers preventative fully, but only 80% of diagnostic. So my husband is going for his next month. He is now 50. I am hoping that they will code it as preventative (he is having the test at the recommended age) vs. diagnostic (he has a family history).

      over 7 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      The colonoscopy was not as dreadful as the stories I had heard. I think the prep needed the day before is
      more miserable. I was a little drowsy after the colonoscopy but not uncomfortable at all.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I had no problems after any of my colonscopies - including the three in which they removed polyps. The worst part was the prep the night before, the mixture I had to drink made me nauseous , and lets just say the cleansing process was painful and seemed to go on forever and just when I thought it was done, I had to run to bathroom as fast as I could.

      over 7 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      I had a colonoscopy before my endometriosis surgery. The preparation was the awful part. After it, no further problems. But I didn't need a biopsy or anything, just for checking if endometriosis had infiltrated inside, but it didn't.

      over 7 years ago

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