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How soon after a colonoscopy can I return to work?

How soon after a colonoscopy can I return to work?

Next day: You should feel fine after the sedation from medication is gone out of system which occurs in 8-12 hours. ...Read more

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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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Should you return to work after a colonoscopy?

Yes: If you feel fine and had no complication, there is no reason not to go back to work. If you don't want to go back the same day, ok to go back to work the next day. ...Read more

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Can anyone give some suggestions as to what i may have? Ok long story short im sick, I've had xrays done blood work urine test ultra sounds colonoscopy gastroscope exam, even had my gallbladder removed(how this all began) my symptoms are: sever abdominal

You : You need a thorough checkup, possibly with ct scan or mri, there is no way anyone could pinpoint the diagnosis from the plethora of symptoms you have. More than likely, it is not something you could shrug off; if this were me, i would be in my doctors waiting room or possibly even er today. Please do not take this lightly, you need medical attention now. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy prep is finished does diarrhea last?

Depends on the prep: Frequently, I use dulcolax to speed up GI transit and reduce the amount of time. Usually i tell patients to alot at least 3 hours after they finish the prep to have diarrhea. ...Read more

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