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Do colonoscopies hurt?

Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Do colonoscopies hurt if you wake up?

Do colonoscopies hurt if you wake up?

No: Just a slight gas cramp, but most feel nothing at all. ...Read more

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Can it hurt when you get a colonoscopy?

Can it hurt when you get a colonoscopy?

Not usually!: Most physicians/surgeons perform a colonoscopic exam under sedation, either with Propofol or versed/fentanyl, and you are sedated to the point of not feeling pain, or at least forgetting about it! get your scope done asap, it's really simple, and is the single best screening test for colon cancer... ...Read more

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Can upper endoscopys and colonoscopys hurt?

Can upper endoscopys and colonoscopys hurt?

Not really: These tests require you to be under sedation. The doctor will give you medication through an IV so that you won't feel pain or remember the procedure. Rarely you may experience brief moments of discomfort or pain that you remember later, but most people don't remember anything. ...Read more

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Why dose my middle of lower back hurt after a colonoscopy ?

Should go away: The pain should go away. If it persists or gets worse, see your doctor or go to the er. It could be gas, or the way you laid on the table. There is a small chance your colon was perforated. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had colonoscopy with anesthesia (passed out for the whole procedure) and today my lungs hurt. Why, what's the connection?

Yesterday I had colonoscopy with anesthesia  (passed out for the whole procedure) and today my lungs hurt. Why, what's the connection?

R/O COMPLICATION: Often times Propofol is used for anesthesia it is very potent. Rarely when you are recovery from anesthesia, fluid may get into the lungs. This is referred as aspiration. I recommend following up with your GI doctor. If symptoms worsen acutely or fever develops, get immediate evaluation and X-ray to rule out aspiration Pneumonia. ...Read more

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Its been 4 days since my colonoscopy why does my anus still hurts.I can't sit or walk its so painful, I am constantly on heating pad its only help ?

Rectal pain: There are a couple of possibilities. One could be irritation of your hemorrhoids and/or an anal fissure from the prep or scope itself. Warm tub soaks and over the counter anal cream with 1% Hydrocortisone up inside twice a day for 7 days should help. If that doesn't suffice or if it gets worse, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm scared of getting an colonoscopy to look for colonic polyps. Does it hurt?

I'm scared of getting an colonoscopy to look for colonic polyps.  Does it hurt?

No: In the hands of a well trained gastroenterologist using the right sedation, you should feel no pain during colonoscopy. The procedure should last around 20 to 30 minutes. You may feel some bloating after colonoscopy. You need to ask your gastroenterologist what type of sedation is used. Propofol is clearly superior to versed/valium. ...Read more

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Lost question.Groin pain after colonoscopy. 8 mons. No help, yet. Hurts badly.Which specialist to seek, please...?

Lost question.Groin pain after colonoscopy. 8 mons. No help, yet. Hurts badly.Which specialist to seek, please...?

First family doctor: See your doctor first, your pain-may not be related to your colonoscopy, you may have a hernia, or diverticulitis, or some thing else , after examination & tests will treat you or refer you to a specialist may be surgeon , depending on the findings. ...Read more

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Just had colonoscopy yesterday, nothing hurt except for my legs. They feel cramped up but the pain started when I got home.

Just had colonoscopy yesterday, nothing hurt except for my legs. They feel cramped up but the pain started when I got home.

Leg cramps: this is due to the preparation drinks. this could cause electrolyte imbalance. drink more juice to replace what ever mineral you lost during the preparation ...Read more

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It is 20 hours before my colonoscopy and I still have two rounds of laxative prep to do. Will it hurt me to have a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar?

Follow your MD's: instructions , may not hurt bit if bowel is not prepped well procedure will be cancelled and you have to repeat. Best thing speak to your doctor . ...Read more

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Why every time I eat no matter what my stomach gets inflated and hurts? Endoscopy, colonoscopy, liver etc... Is fine; what's wrong?

Why every time I eat no matter what my 
stomach gets inflated and hurts? Endoscopy, colonoscopy, liver etc... Is fine; what's wrong?

Bloating: I am glad you have had evaluation. Have you looked at the amount of wheat and dairy you consume? Sometimes eliminating these for a short period of time may give you relief. You also may struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. ...Read more

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Hemorrhoids on all sidesof my anus.Itch/dont hurt but when I have a bm they protrude and make for messy cleanup.Normal colonoscopy 1yr ago what to do?

Hemorrhoids on all sidesof my anus.Itch/dont hurt but when I have a bm they protrude and make for messy cleanup.Normal colonoscopy 1yr ago what to do?

Hemorrhoids: There are three steps to self treating hemorrhoids (blood clots in the rectal veins). 1. Soak: keep the area clean so that infection doesn't set in. 2. Soften your stool: keep from bearing down hard when having a bm so that the clot doesn't grow 3. And finally, steroids to shrink up the inflammation. Now the steroid that you need may be prescription strength. ...Read more

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Does a sigmoidoscopy hurt? My doctor told me i won’t get any sedation for my sigmoidoscopy, but my friend had sedation for his colonoscopy. Does that mean a sigmoidscopy hurts less?

Does a sigmoidoscopy hurt? My doctor told me i won’t get any sedation for my sigmoidoscopy, but my friend had sedation for his colonoscopy. Does that mean a sigmoidscopy hurts less?

Less uncomfortable: Different patients have different perceptions of pain. That being said, a sigmoidoscopy is generally less uncomfortable because they insert the instrument not nearly as far as with a colonoscopy. Consequently, they don't have to expand the inside of your colon with as much air during sigmoidoscopy which is generally the uncomfortable part. Sigmoidoscopy is commonly performed without sedation. ...Read more

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Sometimes after a normal BM I feel like my abdominal sides cramp and hurt. Colonoscopy normal. Been SIBO free for a year. Am wondering why?

Sometimes after a normal BM I feel like my abdominal sides cramp and hurt. Colonoscopy normal. Been SIBO free for a year. Am wondering why?

Alarm signs to check: Maybe IBS; maybe not GI. Recurrent abdominal discomfort is first addressed by accompanying signs/symptoms that may localize the organ involved: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniations? Risk factors? Other tests done? ...Read more

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If taking mobic (meloxicam) and am slowly losing blood internally but have normal colonoscopy what could be the problem? No hemorrhoids. Body hurts bad w/o mobic (meloxicam).

If taking mobic (meloxicam) and am slowly losing blood internally but have normal colonoscopy what could be the problem? No hemorrhoids. Body hurts bad w/o mobic (meloxicam).

Mobic (meloxicam) can cause: Bleeding in the upper gl tract like esophagus, stomach, duodenum, none of which are visualized with a colonoscopy...Which only visualizes the lower GI tract ( the colon ). ...Read more

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What could cause sudden onset sharp upper left quadrant abdominal pain that only hurts at maximum inhalation? Had recent colonoscopy that was clear.

What could cause sudden onset sharp upper left quadrant abdominal pain that only hurts at maximum inhalation? Had recent colonoscopy that was clear.

LUQ pain??: The thing that comes to mind is that your spleen is in the left upper quadrant of your abdomen. As you deeply inhale your diaphragm drops and pushed down on the spleen. Were you playing rough football or rugby and got pushed hard in the stomach or lower chest areas? ...Read more

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Stomach feel full all the time, barely eat, hurts, pain in back right side, pelvic area feels full n uncomfortable. Colonoscopy ok. 3cm ovrn cysts.?

Need more workup: With your additional medical problems, you need to have your doctor work this up completely. There are many possible reasons to have your symptoms, which will take probably many tests to evaluate. ...Read more