Colonoscopy side effects
There have been cases of lower-extremity nerve palsy in patients after a colonoscopy in elderly patients that were not positioned with proper padding to support their bodies. It can take months to resolve this kind of paralysis. The position called "lateral decubitus" prevents this side effect of Colonoscopy. The nerve damage occurs when the patient moves during the examination.
There was a case in the Netherlands where nearly a thousand patients developed infections as a result of badly sterilized colonoscopy equipment.
Serious complications of Colonoscopy occur in half a percent of cases.
Sometimes a Colonoscopy has serious side effects. One patient reported hours of intense spasmotic pain, months of discomfort and years of irregularity.
It is possible that a Colonoscopy causes injury to the colon, causing permanent pain, soreness and bloating. Some people report severe pain during and after the Colonoscopy and even pain swallowing. These symptoms can last for weeks. Pain defecating has been reported as well. Worst-case, the dangers of Colonoscopy include severe dehydration, intoxication and food poisoning, chronic infectious disorders of the GI tract and esophageal, duodenal, gastric and intestinal obstructions.
A risk of Colonoscopy is excessive bleeding, especially when a large polyp is removed. In rare cases a tear in the lining of the colon can occur. These complications may require hospitalization or even surgery. The days following colonoscopy, side effects are commonly worsened by the advice to increase fiber intake. People on Aspirin have a risk of Colorectal bleeding.
According to The Annals Of Internal Medicine, the rate of serious complications from colonoscopy screening is 10 times higher than for any other commonly used cancer-screening test. This statistic does not include deferred complications such as heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, internal bleeding, severe anemia, pneumonia, kidney failure and intestinal obstruction.
Sceptics of Colonoscopy argue that Colonoscopy can cause the disruption of intestinal flora due to the requirement of a thorough lavage caused by laxatives that kill the bacterial gut flora. Disrupting the regular defecation pattern can have serious consequences for people suffering from Crohns' disease, irritable bowel syndrome, hemmoroids or chronic constipation.
Serious complications of Colonoscopy such as colon perforation occur in 0.5% of colonoscopies. The risks of infection, delayed bleeding and ulceration are even higher but rarely get reported in connection to colonoscopy.
Adverse side effects of Colonoscopy start with the preparatory procedure of emptying the bowel. Osmotic lavages and laxatives dehydrate the body and cause an imbalance of electrolytes, a serious issue for people with heart and kidney disease. During the Colonoscopy, mechanical impact of intubation on the rectum, anus and mucous membrane, possible abrasions by the endoscope, tissue injury caused by polyp removal and biopsies. Elderly people can even suffer hypothermia during the half-hour procedure.
After the procedure a shutdown or slowing of gastric and intestinal peristalsis from anesthesia may cause food poisoning, severe dyspepsia, intoxication from undigested rotting protein, gastritis, duodenitis, enteritis, pancreatitis, cholecystitis and obstruction anywhere along the entire digestive tract.
Further common side effects and dangers of Colonoscopy include flatulence, bloating, abdominal cramps, anal fissures, hemmoroids, chronic constipation, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and colon obstruction.
This is our research on the alleged dangers of Colonoscopy / adverse effects of Colonoscopy and not medical advice!
1.  Sweeteee53 Saturday, November 12, 2011
After 3 months I am still severely bloated and my stomach is rock hard. I also have intense ringing in my ears after the colonoscopy. (sometimes the combo of litocaine and profanol does that.) or so i hear. HOW DO I GET BACK TO A NORMAL SIZE STOMACH? Apparantly i am constipated according to the x rays. I have taken 3 colon cleanses, had hydrotherapy and I am still huge. Please give me a suggestion. I am living on laxative...thanks
2.  American 1st Monday, January 16, 2012
i had a colonoscopy in June 2011 and now in January 2012 i am still struggling with pain, constipation and generally feeling bad including naseau. i've seen several doctors and they have me on various medications. They now say my intestine was stressed because of the coloscopy. i was writhing in pain when the doctor put the air in. I was not fully unconscience and remember the incredible pain. She put too much air in too fast. This caused my intestines to stretch and become stressed. any suggestion about how i can help my intestines heal would be appreciated. Its been so long that i'm beginning to think these symptoms won't go away. Any help or advice is appreciated. Thank you.
3.  Maryalicecarter4444 Saturday, February 4, 2012
I had a colonoscopy last Monday, January 30, 2012, and have been sick all week. Having severe case of unbelievable weakness, pain, gas, diarrhea, etc. What could have happened to make me feel so awful. I also have diverticulitis. Please help.
4.  Helpme Sunday, February 12, 2012
wow where did you have this surgery cleveland clinic?
this looks like i wrote it same thing happen to me...drs dont care !! i am sick about this...cant eat a thing cant go anywhere always sick and bloated with toxic gas!!
help Drs. whats going on??
5.  Alice Monday, March 5, 2012
I had colonoscopy 10 months ago. Since then I can not control gas, and bowel (specially when it is watery) . I think my anal muscles and nerves damaged during colonoscopy. Anyone have the same problem? Please help.
6.  Dsb4law Thursday, March 15, 2012
My symptoms began the DAY of the colonoscopy and continue 10 months later. Lack of bowel control, immediate need for the bathroom as many as 20 times a day, none of whivh was EVER DISCUSSED with me prior to the procedure.
7.  Dsb4law Thursday, March 15, 2012
I have many of the same problems 10 months later...and more. I am now scheduling other doctors to reevaluate. My entire life has been severely changed.
8.  Wolverine Monday, April 9, 2012
I had a colonoscopy performed in September of 2009. Even before the procedure, I began complaining of an intense abdominal pain from the mechanical bowel prep enema. Doctors ignored my plea and went on with the procedure. Afterwards the pain was intensified, yet doctors continued to ignore my complaint and just give me pain-killers for the next three days - even in spite of a heart rate in excess of 150 bpm and elevated white blood cells beyond 66,000.
I was eventually moved to ICU and then rushed in for emergency surgery, where all of my bowels (small and large) were found ischemic and had to be removed. Besides being perforated by the colonoscopy, the bowel prep had also caused a partial occlusion in the mesenteric artery, reducing the blood flow to the bowels. I lived for six month on life support with no intestines.
I received a very rare full intestinal transplant on March 23, 2010 and spent seven months more in the hospital recovering. This is the magnitude of damage that can result from this procedure. If you would like to read more about my story and the dangers of colonoscopies, it is available at http://roarofwolverine.com.
It would seem that in our technological society we could invent a better procedure than this barbaric medieval torture device. Stay healthy.
9.  Wolverine Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Do you eat a lot of insoluble fiber such as bran? If so, then stop. It is a myth that fiber is a good laxative. The most recent research shows that insoluble fiber is the worse thing for constipation. Insoluble fiber absorbs water and swells up, causing a lot of gas and bloating and can even lead to diverticulitis. Eat foods higher in soluble fiber, such as fruits (bananas have inulin - a good soluble fiber). Doctors used to recommend bran fiber for IBD patients (UC & Crohn's), but found it worsened the problem. Doctors now recommend less fiber for IBD patients.
All the hydrotherapy has probably destroyed your microflora. Try finding some good probiotics. You may have a candida overgrowth (candida can flourish when healthy bacteria is destroyed & hydrotherapy can wash away good flora). Coconut oil will help kill candida (about 3 tablespoons a day). Reduce your sugar intake. Candida thrives on sugar.
Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or yogurt can help also. Most store bought brands of sauerkraut do not have living cultures (I ferment my own), but there is a good brand called "Bubbies" that you can find in the refrigerated sections of some supermarkets (Whole Foods carries it).
I hope some of this helps.
10.  Alice Wednesday, May 9, 2012
To Dsb4law : Now it is over a year that I have problems. Did you see a Surgeon? Did he check your sphincter muscles? Doctors told me that it is damaged. I am waiting for Ultrasound and Manometry. I am getting depressed. I am only 35. Before the prosedure I did not have any problem.
11.  Sherry Henley Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I have the same problem, my doctor just tells me to get more fiber. I am sick of this what can a person do? Was not informed of this as a possible side affect.
12.  ken Saturday, June 2, 2012
I have had a similar horrible experience with colonoscopy like yours and I think that the doctor put too much air toos fast. As such after over 4 months I still have occasional soreness. I wanted to ask you if you feel better at this time or if your symptoms are hopefully gone for good. I greatly appreciate if you let me know.
13.  M Dicerni Thursday, June 28, 2012
After my colonoscopy, at age 75, I was left with an umbilical hernia and displaced bladder. Has anyone else had this experience ? I heard you should NOT have the colonoscopy after age 70. Our tissues are thinner. I did scream throughout the procedure. It felt like knives cutting. I also had a fissure and a lot of bleeding for a year after it. Doctors ignore all of this.
14.  rfbelp Saturday, June 30, 2012
I had a firiend aged 65 that died after he had a colonoscopyl, How could this happen to a healhy man with no medical problems how can i get the autopsy report of this man The case has been pretty well hushede up. I am concerned on when the statute of malpractive injury causing death expires
15.  ct Thursday, July 5, 2012
I had an interstinal blockage after the routine procedure at age 54. The nurse called me and said this had never happened to anyone before. I said "yes, please tell the doctor and your entire staff that I am the only one this has ever happened to and the last that it will ever happen to again"
16.  Leehearie1 Friday, July 6, 2012
my stomach,heart, breathing are all irregular since my colonoscope. iusing the bathroom 4 to 5 times a day. and my hemorrhoids has gottenmuch worst. never again.
17.  Karen Sunday, July 15, 2012
My mother had a colonoscopy at the age of 86 or 87. She felt sharp pain during the procedure and again the same evening at home. She has had ongoing lower body pain ever since. She said she feels as though she has been poisoned inside but her doctor dismisses her complaint. She already has chronic pain as an after effect of shingles and her life is miserable.
18.  Nat Slater Wednesday, January 16, 2013
malpractice statutes vary from state to state. In Wa. it's 3 years, in Or. it's 2 years.
19.  Carol Lashley Monday, February 4, 2013
I am 71, it has been 3 days since my colonoscopy, I couldnot sit up after and had a sharp pain in the middle of my chest that went to my left sholder. that is the side I was positioned on. They gave me a shot to calm the pain and I went home. My gut is bloted and I am very uncomfortable .I will call my Dr. Monday, This is my last one for sure.
20.  jojo gunn Tuesday, December 3, 2013
hi you guys I went to get one and they told me I had lucrative colitis and what sucks is trying to prove they were the ones to cause it, got a letter in the mail 4days after the doctor was moving to new jersey. I have found what helps me tons was drinking lily of the desert whole leaf aloe vera juice a cup every morning on empty stomach...
21.  Sarah Vaughter Tuesday, December 3, 2013
You mean ulcerative :-)
22.  lilruth Sunday, December 15, 2013
what is really bad about the doctors they don't discuss the side effects when they are telling you to get the procedure done. they are all about making that almighty dollar. what ever happened to the doctors that actually cared about the patients? and how can doctors do a procedure and leave. what are they hiding.
23.  Caryl Thursday, December 26, 2013
Has anyone heard of having nerve damage in a leg after their colonoscopy? It's been three weeks since my colonoscopy. The first night I woke up in excruciating burning pain down one leg. The only way I can sleep through the night is in a chair rather than bed. I called the doctors office the next day but was told it was unlikely it was caused by the colonoscopy.
24.  karen Monday, April 21, 2014
Can I ask how your doing as I am going through the same thing.
25.  Caryl Monday, April 21, 2014
It's been over 4 months since I had my colonoscopy and I am still experiencing the pain I believe is nerve damage. To this day, no one in the medical field will acknowledge it happened as a result of the procedure. Two different massage therapists and my chiropractor have said they have heard of the anesthetic causing this. I have scoured the internet and have found articles verifying this. Generally they say it happens in obese patients who are put in a position during surgery for an extended period of time. I am overweight but the colonoscopy was a short period of time, so I just don't know. I finally talked to a new doctor about this who did again suggest I lose weight (UGH!) but did give me a Rx which seems to be starting to help. It is Gabapentin 100mg. I just joined my local Y and am starting an exercise program so I hope I will get relief. I hope you get help with your situation. Let me know how you do.
26.  Kevin Sunday, June 22, 2014
I have had the same thing, feels like shape pain in my side and pain shooting down to my Knee.
27.  Caryl Monday, June 23, 2014
It took a full 6 months for my pain to stop. I believe it was nerve damage due to a reaction from the anesthetic and time is the only thing that heals it. There were times I thought I was going crazy but it's ok now. Good luck to you!
28.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 23, 2014
I found out the pain down my leg for 6 months, must have been the I.T. BAND. It has recently, after 8 months gone away. I could not put any weight on that leg.. pain from hip to ankle. Massage and soft rolling of a sponge on it, or roll the body over the sponge, on your side that hurts.. Saw it on The Doctorstv show.., but not sure I could do it. After colonoscopy, doctors ignore everything you say, and best to go to a lawyer immediately, but it is so difficult to get any diagnosis in time... and the doctors know this.. They play a game of making the dollars for the procedure, and care little about the patient's needs at all... Whatever you say you have,, since the colonoscopy, they all say it could not have been due to the procedure... they have never heard of this happening. I had a bladder lift destroyed, and the urologist said he never heard of this before. so it is pointless. to argue, and they do not try to repair it at all. Make you feel like an OLD idiot, for even asking. There are few real doctors left, and we need to start again from square one with the rules. .. The =(age related rules of rationing medical services to seniors..) should be changed to NO COLONOSCOPIES until tests show definite problems... I had none... now i wish to go to heaven. Too much from these doctors now.. I cannot trust any. They lie a lot more than ever, and cover for their dumb brothers, and then each other. None of them knew what the leg pain was... so acute .. and long lasting...(heat, massage, and rest it). So many of female problems begin after birthing a baby. Have the diastasis recti measured, and ask how wide it is. the abdominals separate, and often never go back, and show up when 50, and uterus starts to be pushed out. Investigate this as well. They call it tummy tuck, but a man who has a baby is repaired for free on the doctor's show, but females are told it is cosmetic. None of tHe doctors seem to be allowed to say these words. DIASTASIS RECTI. WE SHOULD ALL ASK ABOUT IT.
29.  KATHY Sunday, July 20, 2014
I take Gabapentin 300mg for neuropathy for diabetes kind of helps, as for colonoscopy had one few days ago since then cant have b.m. and pass a lot of gas and blood that is dark wonder what is going on seems there was a problem getting into the colon because of a hernia wonder if damage was done going around it.
30.  Mary Dicerni Sunday, July 20, 2014
Karen Her bowel may now be infected with C.difficile , a Clostridium bacteria that may remain in the scope if not cleaned well, or soaked long enough. It is a bacteria that lives with a spore, and can hide until situations are good for it.. then will create a lot of bowel problems, and needs to be treated, but you should also have a great diet while treating it. The antibiotic Clindamycin can also create bowel problems if over used. Medicine is always tricky. Hope she gets better. Please see that she is checked for C.Difficile.
31.  J King Monday, December 15, 2014
I went in to get a liver enzymes test and the doctor noticed I was 50 and immediately scheduled me for colonoscopy and I do not have a history of colon cancer in my family. I did some research and decided to cancel the appointment. The side effect are horrible and it is a procedure that I feel personally is not needed, nor does it really help as a preventive measure to detect or prevent colon cancer. It's just another very expensive procedure that can billed to your medical provider. I will never have this done. I will just stick to natural herbs and other holistic solutions.
32.  Mary. Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I had colonoscopy done 4 weeks ago. Am still in pain and all Dr's do is give me more pain killers.
33.  Just Wondering Monday, January 5, 2015
Has anyone ever heard of a colonoscopy causing an abdominal tear? After my colonoscopy a couple of months ago, I could feel a bulge/lump in my lower right abdomen which I thought at first may have been gas. I just had an ultrasound and my doctor said I had a tear in my abdominal wall and asked how I did it. I don't recall doing anything that could have torn it.
34.  lisa Friday, January 23, 2015
J King- i had abdominal pain and went to ER a month ago. They did cat scan and blood work and all was normal. Told me to follow up with GI doctor. I had to go back to ER for pain control right before my appointment. Had the colonoscopy and he found one small and one large poylp - the larger was pre-cancerous. I have history of colorectal cancer in my family. The doctor told me that in less than a year the polyp would have been cancer. I just turned 49.
35.  J King Friday, January 23, 2015
They told you it was pre-cancerous but how do you really, really know that for sure. You don't. You just know what they told you. If it was me I would get 3rd and 4th opinion and I would also seek advise outside of western medicine. Cancer is a billion dollar industry and I personally do not take any doctors diagnosis as 'hard core fact' right out the gate. I seen and hear way too many fishy things for me to put my trust in any one doctor 100% and I still have no intentions on getting a colonoscopy.
36.  J King Friday, January 23, 2015
Carol, there is now information circulating that individuals past the age of 65 should stop having this procedure done.
37.  advancepractnurse Tuesday, February 24, 2015
most patients who consent to "conscious sedation" with drugs such as midazolam/versed lose some memory and cognitive function with every procedure. any sedation needs to be administered by an anesthesiologist (not a nurse typically a crna).......write on your consent: "not consenting to midazolam"
38.  pinay Thursday, February 26, 2015
After my colonoscopy..and had my food after a long hours of having nothing on my tummy i always felt nauseated And i have stomach cramps
39.  Cara James Tuesday, June 2, 2015
yes my husband had this done, they found a small polyp,removed it, then has been home for a week now swollen up like a balloon, cant feel his legs, , i will have to take him to a hospital, ,if there is no change, he looks terrible, legs swollen, belly is protruding out like he will explode any minute, pain, but he refusing, because he doesnt want to be tortured again by idiot doctors,they messed up, i know, i am in medical, field, but i know he needs help, so , if nothing gets better ,today, i take,him tonight, or call 911/enough with hack doctors / he will go to a good doctor this time
40.  1411 Wayne Saturday, July 11, 2015
Money rules these doctors who live like kings off doing colonoscopies. When there is a bad result, they make you the stupid person who just doesn't get it. After all, they are the doctors. Report a bad intestinal problem after this and they will gang up together to say you just have 'man up' and deal with it. Word has to be gotten out that no one over age 60 should have this procedure. I got conned into it by having a physical and a fecal blood test which was positive. Never should have agreed to it. Now I am nauseous, have diarrhea, and losing weight due to no appetite (knowing the diarrhea will be coming). There has to be a way to get these charlatans. The only thing that scares them is the possibility of having some of their precious ill gotten money taken away from them. Interesting that they all stick together and will not even consider that a problem resulted from this procedure. The gravy spills over so they all can grab their share. God help us all. More and more we are the prey and the medicos are the predators, taking us for everything they can get.
41.  Sharon Sunday, July 12, 2015
Is there some scholarship to this effect? I had a colonoscopy a day and a half ago and I still feel woosy and sluggish.
42.  Mary Dicerni Sunday, July 12, 2015
Most of us have ruptures they do not tell us about. It is time for women to stand up and complain, and demand repairs. It can begin after the first or second baby birth. Men can also get these by heavy lifting. The colonoscopy may have made it worse, and my abdominal wall started to climb up after the colonoscopy at age 75. They are not supposed to do them after age 70, but they still want the money paid them, so they do it. Usually a gastroenterologist should do it. Safer. After the abdominal wall climbs up high it becomes harder to get enough oxygen to sleep, and it is very tight around the chest bra line.. gets harder and harder to breathe. They re supposed to repair these, but do not even diagnose anything. You need several hernias repaired probably. When the core is destroyed, the "Old Age"" symptoms begin. Get a second opinion from a great surgeon.
43.  Katherine Baker Monday, August 17, 2015
are you still having pain?
44.  teri Tuesday, September 1, 2015
My 76 year Old mother had a colonoscopy about 4 weeks ago. Now her stomach keeps getting bigger and is in pain . Do anyone have any problems likes this ? Worryed daughter
45.  Mary Dicerni Friday, September 18, 2015
I did post this before but in case there are others with the very sore pain down one leg, I was told it is the IT band.. like a tendon down the leg and it hits the hip, thigh knee and to ankle.. It seems relentless, and may improve faster if we massage it on a foam roller. It does eventually gets better, but a year is a long time with no sleep... The foam looks about 4 to 5 inches thick, and the constant rolling does help it relax and stop hurting. If you can place the leg weight on it, and move the body to create a massage, it does improve faster. Hoping this helps all those in pain. I am not sure whether a massage therapist would know about it, but I expect so. I did not know what it ws when I was suffering. It took a year, just massaged it myself with oil, to create some heat circulation, and then a hot electric pad to help sleep..
46.  Mary Dicerni Friday, September 18, 2015
teri, Your mother needs to be exmined by a good surgeon to check for hernias or ruptures all over the abdomen, and for a torn abdominal wall. This would give her a tightness across the bra line, and make it difficult to eat or breathe after eating. .. and no taking a walk when feeling this full. It seems to give the heart a bad time, and some have had a heart attack if they are ruptured and walk after a meal. Shortness of breath will come first, because the lungs have no room to expand to get air. It is a weird combo of symptoms, but I believe they are all started with the ruptures. They really should be repairing them again, like they used to when they were smarter. Now they think they are saving money, but it now costs more as a senior, because we fell apart without the maintenance they usually give their cars.
47.  L Maosn Friday, October 30, 2015
Has anyone had paid in their mouth afterwards. I know...cue the jokes , but seriously, ever since the procedure on Monday, I've had intermittent pain above the top left side of my mouth. The pain starts in my teeth and moves up to behind my nose. Anyone???
48.  IdoDeclare Thursday, November 26, 2015
Of course her doctor(s) don't want to give her any support as they want to discredit her symptoms to avoid being implicated. It's a terrible world when we have to worry about the doctors we go to for safe healing. To this day, I have had more problems after procedures, be it the doctor or dentist, than help and relief. My mother has had chronic diarrhea after her colonoscopy. I just had my first colonoscopy and endoscopy, and I haven't had a boowel movement for 6 days. The office is dismissive and says it takes a while for the intestine to fill up and work properly again. Sad as it is, I prefer waiting out problems than getting invasive tests that can cause life-altering problems. I hope your mother improves quickly. We need patient advocates to stop doctors from playing God, and thinking they can get away with anything.
49.  Val Ellner Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Same experience. Major problems as a result of a screening that was supposed to identify problems, not cause them.
50.  Sheryl Wallace Monday, December 28, 2015
I had a CT colonoscopy because a regular colonoscopy could not go as far without me being in severe pain. this was close to a month ago. I have some bloating still and cramping, also some close calls-glad I made it to the bathroom in time! I am also very tired. I was not told that any of this was expected to happen.
51.  Dee Gonzalez Friday, January 8, 2016
Dee: I had a colonoscopy done at a prestigious hospital and a "highly recommended" physician specializing in this field. Had this in early December 2015. Was released by 12/11 and since then have had acute pain in my left groin area. I am able to get about most of the day, but by afternoon I feel this deep pain starting to get unbearable. I thought that perhaps my underwear was to tight around the groin but it also seemed to cause great pain on the private area adjacent to it. I have not taken and pain medication but did use a heat pad to soothe the pain. I have not discussed this with my doctor. She is the one who brought the specialist into the picture. He allegedly came out beaming and said to my husband "she has a very healthy, young- looking intestine!" I am closer to age 78 than not! No one has ever mentioned it being ill-advised procedure for our age group. Do I have any recourse in my case? Or, is it a "just grin and bear it" situation for me?!
52.  Debbie Stein Savino Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Anybody have vaginal irritation and urethral issues after a colonoscopy? My doctor said the pain may be from dislodging scar tissue, but that does not seem to make sense to me.
53.  JoeInMidwest Friday, January 22, 2016
Having family history can REALLY increase the risk of having cancer. But, again, only 5% of polyps actually develop into cancer according to credible internet sites I have researched (like NIH). Unfortunately, even colonoscopies are not really the "gold standard" that is touted as reliable research indicates that some 12-17% of polyps are missed in colonoscopies, related to the skill of the doctor involved, and the time of day (doctors DO get tired at the end of their day doing colonoscopies), and other factors. Scheduling a colonoscopy for the early morning would probably be better!!
54.  Joanne Suda Monday, February 8, 2016
My husband just had his done and now has severe hemorrhoids and pain &numbness down both his legs. Zero problems with this before procedure. Drs are passing the baton between each other. Anyone else ever have post effects this bad?
55.  Lori Pietrandrea Thursday, February 25, 2016
I had my first Colonoscopy screening last month, January 28th, 2016. They found one very small 3mm benign Polyp which they removed. My Colonoscopy was on a Thursday morning and on Sunday night (early Monday morning) after the Colonoscopy while I was sleeping, I was awaken by deep and sharp pains in my chest that rubbing it would not help. I got up and took a Bayer Aspirin right away and after about an hour it went away. I called my PCP the next day and he wanted me to come it to see him that day. I went to see him and he ordered a slew of heart tests and blood work which all came out OK. I am 54 years old and since this was my first Colonoscopy, I didn't know what to watch for. Upon calling the Gastroenology Center where my Colonoscopy was performed they told me that it was unlikely due to the Anethesia after I questioned them about it. The Triage nurse told me it could have been an air pocket from the surgery.
Fast forward to today, My husband had his first Colonoscopy screening yesterday, February 24th, 2016, (also age 54). He seemed fine after the Colonoscopy but was tired and came home and took a nap. He woke up feeling ok today and went to work. While at work he threw up 3 times and had chills and a slight fever of 100. He came home and I wanted to take him to the ER but he wanted to rest and sleep. I told him if anything got worse today (fever or chills or any more throwing up) then we would go to the ER. So far so good. Nothing has worsened and his chills are gone and fever is down too. Once again, I called the Gastroenology center where he had it done which is the same place I had mine done last month and they said that since they didn't find any polyps in him that there was no bioposy done and almost no risk of perforation of the colon, which I was worried about. I am thinking once again that it was the anesthesia that is causing the after affects. After reading about the affects of being put into a deep sleep during the Colonoscopy, I will definitely talk to my doctor if and when I ever get another Colonoscopy done about my choices for Anethesia. It seems that a lighter twilight Anethesia is much better for you than a deep sleep one. The reasons that the doctors put you into a deep sleep is because they don't want any chance of movement during the procedure for fear that they will knick in the colon lining which I completely understand. That in itself is very dangerous too, but understanding the side effects of Anethesia is key to having less side effects after your Colonoscopy. These are just my experiences and opinions only and I am not a medical professional but I will weigh my options more the next time for sure.
56.  Mary Dicerni Tuesday, March 1, 2016
I had the colonoscopy in 2007 and have been suffering since, but the docs all lie to cover for each other, and if you do not get the specialist, a gastroenterologist to do it.. it can get messy. The gastroenterologist would not have done it, because i did not need it. I went in for a small chest hernia. My old bladder surgery was pulled down and bent the urethra. so it is getting infected often, and the new hernias are umbilical and abdominal wall, which none of them will touch or refer me to an abdominal reconstructive surgeon, and none of our surgeons in Comox Valley Bc Canada, will let me see any other surgeon. They have all the control and cover for each other. I would suggest no one has it done unless it is by the specialist.and we need a second opinion if we have no blood or other symptoms in the bowel. Get the second opinion.They do them for the money they get.
57.  randallred Tuesday, March 29, 2016
it's better not to have general anesthesia. My colonoscopy nearly killed me because the doctor kept pounding despite my screams. Finally he had no choice because my blood pressure plunged and I was about to go into shock. Had I been asleep, he would have punctured my colon.
58.  JoeInMidwest Monday, April 4, 2016
With twilight sleep, they often use versed, which is an EVIL drug. Just google versed, and you will find that about 10% of those who receive it have adverse effects. Paradoxical reaction: meaning that instead of being compliant, that the "victim" will be agitate, and maybe physically abusive. Temporary to occasional memory issues, which seems to occur more often as people age. And sometimes, since versed provides a temporary "amnesia" if it works as intended, sometimes patients will have that memory restored somehow, and possible result that is equivalent to PTSD.
I am not making this up to just scare people, because these experiences are noted time and time again on these internet sites. Doctors don't really seem to care because all the resultant issues that occur happen after the procedure (except the paradoxical reaction) and the doctors just want to do the procedures as quickly as possible to get as many cases done during the day. It is called "fee for service" by which the more cases done, the more money is made.
59.  JoeInMidwest Monday, April 4, 2016
That sounds like it could have been the result of a punctured colon.
Hope it turned out ok.
60.  klynn Sunday, June 5, 2016
I had a colonoscopy a few months back and was told do to my scar tissue they could not do it. Now My stomach is distended and hurts all the time..Any I deas what my next move should be?
61.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
I am amazed at how physicians are allowed to damage people, usually women who have had babies, because they have a diastasic recti.. which is separated abdominal muscles , in their 40's but are never told. We may all need a tummy tuck even when it is not yet showing. It may show up after 60 and after doing some heavy gardening or lifting a child.. No one is talking about ruptures any more. Women wore girdles and corsets before that. Why? Why did they stop making corsets for every woman who had a few babies? To stop the lower back pain, they said to wear a corset. They did do bladder and belly repairs in the 70's but then stopped in order to save money. See "Age related rationing of medical service". Now we see the results as a senior. They now blame the seniors who were never repaired, for all the costly testing we now do to ensure seniors they have nothing wrong.. All lies?? Follow the money.. millions of useless visits? Now the physicians who damage their patients never repair their errors. They are covered by lawyers we pay for. Deny until you die? It is the only BUSINESS that does not repair their errors.. If you have a table repaired and they break it.. do they just send it to you broken? Why are we taking this from the medical profession? Men and women need to speak up. I believe Beer belly is likely ruptures. Who will admit this to us? Any honest Physicians out there? I hemorrhaged for a year after a colonoscopy, and am still disabled after 9 years with more ruptures than I had before. A previous surgery was also pulled apart. The locum surgeon is still working and the College of Physicians said the physician did the right thing. lol How funny can it get? We pay for their lawyers. Victims of surgeons do not win. Make sure you have a proper gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy, but now we need not get invaded.. and destroyed .. there is a new scan they can use instead. God Bless.
62.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
Some heart pills may cause that feeling, but you may want to check on the bowel infections one can get after a colonoscopy. Check stool for all.. virus, parasites, and Clostridium and other pathogenic bacteria. The scopes are not always cleaned well enough or not soaked long enough. The cleanest are said to be the first patient in the morning. Cleaning is almost more important than the soaking. That cleaning lady is very important.
63.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
Sounds good to me. I would also like the physician doing the work, to sign a paper stating they will do their best, in case of any damages, to have you properly repaired, by the very best surgeons. No one in
Canada gets repaired after damaged by a physician. We need new rules. Was told I had to move away to get repaired.???
64.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
Hi.. I was also in the medical field and wonder where you will find that good doctor today. The old ones seemed to know what they were doing. Today they cannot answer simple questions... and many lie as well. Why? Is it all about money? It would cost so much less if they maintained our bodies as they do their car. How simple life would be. Maintenance and prevention, rather than destruction and nursing homes.???
65.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
Please have your stool checked for pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites. Many different problems after colonoscopies. The newer way is some type of scan. .. not invasive. you may also take the crystal type probiotics. they seem to work faster. We are so abused... and no one cares.
66.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
I screamed a lot too and woke up. They simply put me under and continued to rip me apart. I have never felt so abused and destroyed. It is incredible how they take our pain and destruction so lightly. I was told that we need to move to another city to get physicians to help us, and one physician said not to mention the damages were done by a colonoscopy, and I may get better service. There should be a place to give us more exposure and see many more who have physician complaints..At least they should try to make it up to us by getting us repaired... and tested for some of the symptoms I see here. Where can we complain to, and get results?? Is there no boss who hires these surgeons? Do we really need more physicians? We need more competent ones.
67.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
This is also happening with the Gall Bladder. They are trying to take out every one in town. After the painful damaging destructive colonoscopy, one surgeon said I just need to remove my gall bladder. He has done them all over town.. and scares people by saying that now it has been diagnosed that I have multiple ( more than one) gall stones, I will not be covered by insurance if I leave the country.. that is how he gets them all in. I said I would try to dissolve them, and he said that the naturopaths' olive oil will not harm his 'BUSINESS'. I was speechless. Their attitudes are abominable. Scaring people?
68.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
There is a new method that is not invasive.. like a scan.. look for it just in case you need to.
69.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
Patient advocates know very little about surgery. They usually work for other reasons than surgical problems. They may also direct you to other associations, which also do very little. It is like pass the buck all over the medical field. I am with you on the whole idea. They have too much power for their abilities, and too much gall for doing anything they like. .. because they get away with it all... WHY? Who is in charge? No-one knows... but it seems they are not afraid. .. which makes them very dangerous.
70.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
Very good! they are hiding a lot. They also have no one to correct them. How can we trust what they say anymore? I feel we need a second opinion each time we are having any procedure. No one will give me a second opinion here in BC Canada. I need repairs but am offered 32 different pills to try. How can they walk around sounding so stupid?
71.  Mary Dicerni Monday, June 6, 2016
I think it is lucrative for some of us... if we are physicians.
72.  lijanel Monday, July 4, 2016
Hi, I hope your husband has since recovered?
I too had colonoscopy six days ago. I felt serious tinkling and
numbness in my right thigh the morning after the procedure. It's now a
daily occurrance so pronouced that it prompted me to google this. From
this string of posts it's sounding like it definitely has to do
with the colonoscopy. I hope it will eventually (soon) go away without
further side effect. Is this a realistic hope?
(I felt sharp pain only once - the 2nd day after the procedure - also in the right thigh; I don't have the other symptoms you husband had).
I am a 56-year old female.
73.  Joanne Suda Sunday, July 10, 2016
Awe thanks. Yeah he's better now. Apparently he was the rare case where he is allergic to the lavage they make you drink. It took about 3 weeks for the roids to recede. He was really miserable but will never get another unless it's absolutely medically necessary.
74.  John Smtih Friday, July 29, 2016
Has anyone experienced severe ankle swelling in both ankles after a colonoscopy? My husband had a colonoscopy over a month ago. Prior to his procedure he was told to double up on Miralax. He is a healthy 50 year old man. Now, he can barely walk and the doctors can not figure out what this is and feel it is highly unlikely due to the procedure. We are desperate to get better.
75.  Ciaran O'Connell Saturday, July 30, 2016
Had a Colonoscopy 2 days ago and that evening I started to noticed weakness and numbness all down both my legs. I can walk but I can't run for more than 20 seconds. I'm usually active and do a bit of jogging each day but I can't since the Colonoscopy. It's hard to describe. It's like minor pins and needles coupled with tingling and I have noticed that the muscles down the back of my thighs, hamstrings and legs seem to be flabby where the muscle has lost near total firmness and tightness. It's like all the way down from my bum is a flabby piece of skin with nothing else there to keep it firm. I'm a young man, 28, and even much older people who go through the natural process of losing muscle definition through ageing have much firmer legs than I have now.
Please if anyone is on here could reassure me that this will eventually go away. I'm petrified that this will be it for the rest of my life.
76.  Mary Dicerni Saturday, September 10, 2016
I now believe if we do not have a proper GASTROENTEROLOGIST do our colonoscopy, we are asking for trouble. Mine was a temp locum, for a general surgeon.and just wanted the extra money. I had a previous one done by a proper specialist, and no pain. This one just prodded and ripped, and had told me it was to straighten out the Twisted stomach hernia. It was a total lie. It is ONLY done for cancer polyps.. THERE IS Now A NEW METHOD BY SOME TYPE OF SCANNING. no need for invasive...ASK FOR IT..Surgeons can be quite crazy. Run away...if they insist on doing the invasive one.
77.  Mary Dicerni Saturday, September 10, 2016
They tell us we are very sensitive or allergic.. I do not believe them...and they ALL cover for each other. so use a specialist and only if you really have bowel problems... seriously!! most do not need it.The new scan is better.. and not invasive..
Ask for it,..
78.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
Hi, L Maosn, You might ssk how they put you to sleep, or what they used that was in your mouth.. possibly to help you breathe. We cannot see what happened when we were asleep.. .. under deep tranquilizers. The tubing they may have used you may have been biting on. Sounds like the sinus area. Keep rinsing with a salt solution, not too salty, but it keeps healing as we rinse with it. Hopefully it soon goes away, but I like to use the NETTY POT to rinse out the nose, and if I hold my nose while it is full from the netty pot solution, (or salt solution), I bend over and shake my head a bit.. . to allow the sinuses all to get rinsed out as well. Then I blow it all out (in the sink.) THIS IS A SIMPLE ROUTINE THAT SOLVES Many cold and sinus problems. Wash the sink as well as your face. It may also help what sounds like a sensitive nerve in the tooth. Rinse mouth out with salt as well. Push on the tooth to make sure it is not getting loose.. just keep pushing it in. So many things to think about, and i hope you feel better. mary
79.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
It sure could have been a puncture, or even a torn previous surgery, or a new hernia or ruptured in several places. The huge frontal, can be the abdominal wall hernia... it looks like 9 months pregnant, and tight around the chest.. If we were only having a colonoscopy by a specialist, a gastroenterologist, these may not be happening. A surgeon lied to me to make extra money. I was stupid enough to believe him. All I had was a hernia, and he made me believe he could fix it. We need a society or charity to get all those damaged by doctors, all repaired. The problem is, that the other surgeons will not admit these damages have been done, even if they pull down a previous surgery. Totally ABUSIVE TO SENIORS, and even those in their 40's. Many are now lying to all their patients, like whether a wet or dry macular degeneration can be treated. The wet can have therapy, not the dry. Hope this helped.
80.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
Debbie, Was it a gastroenterologist? Make sure you get a good and complete exam by a good gynecologist., and a gastroenterologist to see what they find. Scar tissue?? Dislodging? Why in the vaginal area? Have swabs taken for different infections, It could be organisms that may have been introduced close to the vagina, by the scope as it was moved about. Also check the urine for infection, and ask that they report all yeast that is found, and all organisms isolates. It can also be a virus, which we might not expect. Swabs for everything..(bacteria, fungus, virus and parasites.) Each one requires a different container for transport. The scopes used, are not always cleaned well enough, or soaked long enough to kill everything. C.difficile is one they need to check for as well... so they need to look for anaerobic bacteria as well. There are vaginal infections by several different organisms. If it is Candida albicans, you need to have the bowel treated as well. it is often the source. Good Luck, girl..
81.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
That vomiting can be several organisms.. even a Bacillus, or Salmonella, Shigella, Yersinia, or C.difficile. After the vomiting is stopped, it may still be around. I would request a stool culture, usually times 3... (3 days apart), to isolate those that are few on some days, and more on other days. This also applies to stool for parasites, which also could be the cause, after a colonoscopy. God Bless.
82.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
If he has some back problems, like a slipped sic, which is quite common, but not too much of a bother. If he was lying in a position to irritate it, it can affect a nerve from the spine to the legs, or simply an inflammation, which seems also to cause water retention. If taking a water pill for a week does not help.. (takes some potassium for the heart as well with these pills), or try to flush it out with a lot of water drinking, also walking exercise or a cycling action with legs in the air, for the water to leave, then put them up on pillows to drain more out. Somehow the walking or standing and moving the leg muscles as thought walking, can help. Do not eat too much salt these days, or alcohol as well. mary
83.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
Hi, I can only think of taking CREATINE for muscle loss. Being that the bowel is so full of nerves,,, we never can tell what happens in colonoscopy. Some have back surgery and lose the use of one or two legs,(nerve damage) and need metal supports to help walk. In this case, we hope it is simply an inflammation or irritation, causing the muscle to quit for a while? I will pray for you. Take more vitamin B complex for the nerve tissues.
84.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
We need to speed it up, because I feel the physicians are trying to delay any real second opinion, and proper diagnosis to make it too late for malpractice. They say in Canada, there is no more money left to cover these physicians, and no more malpractice.. we cannot afford it any more. ??? There are obviously many bad physicians, and they do not do the repairs required after they do any damages. The REAL world. Make sure that all colonoscopies are done by a SPECIALIST.. a gastroenterologist. Too many general surgeons are doing them for the extra money. They also say not to have it after age 60, unless there are bloody stools, and no ulcers to explain it. Better still, there is now a scan method..do not have the invasive one if possible.
85.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
They could not do it due to scar tissues? count yourself lucky they did not do it, or could go no further? Did they pump you up just the same to have a look? It sounds like they did go for a short distance. They may have stopped before they did any more damage. You need to see a gastro specialist.. a Gastroenterologist. Ask to see one for his opinion. maybe not to tell him right away you had a colonoscopy.Just forget about talking about it. I was told by a doctor to not say the damages were from a colonoscopy. See what they say first. They may want to do repairs if needed...If they know it is a malpractice thing.. they may not tell you what is wrong.. It may be a couple of hernias formed or rips to the scar tissues. It may be a simple repair, but they are usually afraid to even admit it.... You may actually have a very large abdominal wall now..... if it was torn at all... and it seems to move upwards and become very tight across the chest at BRA line. It may need repair. It does feel like pregnant. or the usual word..BLOATED..It may well be ruptured... (so they stopped). ... see the specialist. He may be more familiar with these rips. If he is a surgeon, he may do the repairs. Good Luck my dear.
86.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
Please do have tests on stool for bacteria, parasites, and virus studies. Are you having any soft or watery bowel movements? You should not have a large meal and try to take a walk. This can be serious on the heart. If the full bowel is passing in the same area.. at the stomach, which is also full, and the lungs and heart are not able to function,.. The heart requires oxygen.. or it can just stop. Difficulty breathing also may cause no sleep.. Insomnia may be the first hint that we are damaged or ruptured. If the heart flutters, it may be low on Oxygen, and trying hard... Low oxygen to the brain, will stop our sleeping... and may bring on cataracts.. or even dementia. It is ALL necessary.. Omegas and Oxygen and water ... yet they do not repair the ruptures that are usually causing these situations. Take it slow and try to get a surgeon to do it..It may be called a tummy tuck... and require a plastic surgeon. If you are a bit overweight, which we do get if they force those weight-gain anti depressants on us after the colonoscopy rips. It all works for them. Hide those ruptures... with FAT?? Check all the facts. Weight and breathing.. they may say it is COPD or SOB.. and do nothing for you. Ask a plastic surgeon if you can. They may charge $100. for the exam which goes towards the surgery. I BELIEVE IF THEY DID THESE REPAIRS EARLY ON BEFORE 50, IT COULD BE DONE IN DAY SURGERY AND LESS COSTLY.
87.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
SOME HAVE SAID THAT TOO MUCH BEEF OR BBQ CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS, SO EAT IN SMALLER PORTIONS. TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, and add green veggies. WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM THAT LED TO LIVER ENZYMES? LEMON JUICE IS GREAT TO CLEANSE THE LIVER.. IT LOVES lemon. IF WE HAVE ANY GALL STONES, WE MAY ALSO HAVE SOME SOFT STONES IN THE LIVER. I wonder if they still have those.. "Little liver pills"? That was years ago. They may work. I may also look for them. Some do make their salads with the fresh herbs.. about 20 of them.. I saw this in Quebec. Greens help to digest meat. Enjoy!.. add lemon.. mary
88.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
Can you believe how uncaring they have become? What I would like to know. HOW MUCH DO THEY GET FOR DOING THE COLONOSCOPY??? It must be a lot. if they are taking these CHANCES TO DAMAGE PEOPLE, AND NO CARING HOW BAD IT IS. HOW DO WE PROVE THAT IT WAS DONE THEN? WE KNOW IT, BUT THE JUDGE HAS TO BE A GASTRO SPECIALIST TO BELIEVE ANY OF IT. EVERY PHYSICIAN WILL SAY IT CANNOT HAPPEN THAT WAY.. OR THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS. WHY ARE THE DOCTORS LYING SO MUCH NOW? Do we have enough MDs, since there are so many cold hearted ones.. and I am wondering if they are the new "DO" doctor of osteopathy? No more certificates on the wall. Do we have any old fashioned docs left? I remember when they came to the house if you were real sick. More caring then. Current ones seem to know less about everything. What happened? Are we living too long?
89.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
I think it may be the .. IT BAND..inflammation? along the side of the leg.. it takes months to heal. Gentle massage along the leg does help. I also took pain pills, and rubbed with A535 and many other rubs. It took 6 months before it was gone. so just be patient. They talked about it on the DOCTORS TV SHOW.
90.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
Try seeing a plastic surgeon for their advice.. It may be a rupture, which they may need to do a tummy tuck. A proper exam would be satisfying.
91.  Mary Dicerni Monday, September 12, 2016
I am surprised to hear about the dentists, but I had been told by a dentist to always brush after having lemon juice or any acid foods. This of course is opposite to the truth. DO NOT BRUSH AFTER ANY ACID FOODS. My teeth all are broken within a couple of years. When the acid is there, the porcelain is soft. It gets brushed off, in layers each time. So after a short while, there is no porcelain, and they go blackish, and crack right off. They charge about $300. to remove each tooth. What kind of business is that? Medicine is all now a business. One doctor said so. He said the naturopaths are not damaging his business. He pulls out gall bladders, scaring people into having them... by saying their travel insurance will not covet them...because THEY ARE NOW DIAGNOSED.. How scary is that? Threats yet.
92.  Joanne Harper-Fancy Sunday, October 9, 2016
I had a colonoscopy 6 months ago because the cancer screening test showed blood in my stool. I had regular bowl movements my whole life (once a day). Since the colonoscopy, I have been constipated. I have not had a normal bowel movement. They are like marbles that comes out. I feel bloated all the time now. I haven't gone back to my doctor because I'm hoping the constipation will go away. Has anyone had constipation for months after the colonoscopy and it goes away? AND, how long does it normally take to have the procedure? The Dr was behind that day as the other Dr had to leave for an emergency. I got in over 2hrs late and was his last patient. It only took him a few minutes to do the procedure. He said everything was find except mild diverticulitis. I'm wondering if he rushed the procedure. I still have blood in my bowl movements so I will have to go back to my MD find out why. Could the blood be from further up the intestine track?
93.  Judy Wednesday, October 12, 2016
What can i do About the bloating it's painful
94.  Mary Dicerni Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Sometimes what feels like bloating is the reaction after eating, if we have ruptures. If it is high and very firm. you should ask for a proper rupture exam. Most physicians do not do it.They consider this a normal situation as we age. Why are they no longer repairing our ruptures is a mystery, because it causes many more problems. Is that what they intended? Who knows. i am not sure the physicians know, but we can still ask.
95.  Lyndsay Wednesday, November 16, 2016
I under went this procedure Saturday just gone, I have no idea where you people are to have anesthetic but in England you wont get that, you have the option of gas/ air or morphine based sedation. And let me tell you after having both nothing touched that severity of pain I experienced. all I can say is after screaming, nearly passing out, going in to shock, been sick, my heart rate dropping, BP going really high not to mention the shaking and sweating! thank god for the nurse telling the consultant to stop as I couldn't take any more pain. At which point the very impatient consultant whom had told me to stay still, pass wind, and move one to my back (Did I mention I went to shock from pain so the slightest movement was unbearable) finally got the message and stopped.
its now day 5 i have sever bruising to my groin/pelvis area I am unable to sit straight down, walk far. lift for long as I am in so much discomfort as well as my period is two weeks early and like a tap is on
I have never been treated with such lack of empathy in my life, I have a high pain tolerance but my body could not handle that amount of pain. I have the doctors friday as now need to be checked over.
96.  Tony Friday, January 20, 2017
of course it is covered up and that doctors will do everything they can to blame it on the patient...I got poked during a colonoscopy and have had something like this nerve palsy since then resulting in lfie threatening impactions..this was obviously written by doctors blaming it on the patient moving during procedure! LOL I might have amoved slightly after they poked me and the poking and not the reaction is what caused the damage..that or biopsies that were cut too deep...cologuard is a new screening test totally noninvasive and if you really are worried match it with a helical CT/barium enema...one doctor actually refused to see me unless I got the scope...time will tell if my motility problem is permanent
97.  Tony Friday, January 20, 2017
get the cologuard test it is the next best thing and noninvasive
98.  Tony Friday, January 20, 2017
did you have anymore problems after with blockage?
99.  Tony Friday, January 20, 2017
I get the same thing I had to come here to find out that getting poked and having the lingering recurring pain in the spot may be causing the lower bowel paralysis I get..its scary because I could go a week totally normally then all of a sudden it just isn't working
100.  Robyn Leigh Sunday, March 5, 2017
I typed in google search "have sciatica on both sides since my colonoscopy" and this site came up. The pain started the first night on my right side fro my hip to my ankle. It was so sorand throbbing I couldn't sleep. Imrubbed the right side with magnesium/lavender oil and took an asprin. Still sore and now the soreness is on both aides of my body again like a sciatica pain from hip to ankle.
Interesting reads and hope this pain goes away soon. Will let my doctor know so she can document it at least.
101.  Reynaldo Cabrera Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I had a colonoscopy five years ago and soon after I reported to the doctor that my anal was itching almost every day. After three doctors attributing it to a low fiber diet, hemorrhoids and then dermatology disorder, I had no relief for about 1,825 days.
1,825 days later it was time for a new colonoscopy. This time after my new doctor preformed the colonoscopy, my Anal Itching symptom disappeared completely.
I hope this information can help you.
102.  Scott Green Friday, May 5, 2017
Has anyone ever had 3 colonoscopy's in 1 month and had to drink the Prep. each time? I did and now 2 weeks later my left side hurts. Then I get the runs after Lomotil, Immodium A-D, Cholostyramine and VSL-3 Probiotic. Nothing stops it and now my Dr. is sending me to the Mayo Clinic in AZ. Help
103.  Scott Green Friday, May 5, 2017
If you have polyps you still need the colonoscopy.
104.  Scott Green Friday, May 5, 2017
The prep can do it. It has car coolant properties in it.
105.  Laila H. Thursday, June 22, 2017
Hello, today I had both an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. Other than feeling like I have been run over by a truck, no doubt my arthritis acting up in my neck, upper and lower back from being tense and stressed before the procedure and who knows in what positions during the procedure. After the sedative I don't know if it safe to take a pain pill. It has been 8 hours. My strangest symptom is that my head and eyes are feeling fuzzy, especially when I turn my head or move my eye balls from side to side. It actually started last night after the God awful prep. I have a funny sensation in my ears too. Does anyone know if the prep can cause this? I am 72 and had 3 polyps removed. Every 5 years when I have this procedure I have polyps. My Father died of Colon cancer. My Esophagus results is a whole other story. They took biopsies but what they took biopsies of I have never heard of. I have convinced myself I have cancer and feel scared to death! Three weeks it takes for biopsy results! :-( I noticed during this procedure at Cooper Digestive Health that the doctors and nurses and the whole center just seem to be more lax and unfriendly. My doctor I understand is busy but he takes a long time before and after the procedure to talk to you. This was clearly the worst procedure experience and I have had many at Cooper. I don't want to do it again but yet they tell me to come back in 3 years. Maybe the staff are all just burned out. It is tedious work but even more tedious for the patient. I wish everyone luck who ended up with serious problems. I guess I shouldn't complain but I feel terrible!
Scott, I wish you a lot of luck! I don't know how in the world you did 3 colonoscopies in a month! I believe I would have died! No wonder so many of us feel badly, Car coolant in the prep????? OMG!
106.  Margaret W. Friday, June 30, 2017
I had a procedure done on June 26, 2017. I felt nothing. The prep was horrible, but have been weak ever since and light-headed. I did have one polyp removed. I just feel like going to bed, and cannot regain my strength. The staff and the doctor were all nice enough, but I am not having another one. They want me to come back in two years. At 76, what difference does it make?
107.  peggy Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Had a colonoscopy in Jan 2017. I had just turned 59, and my Dr. shamed me into having it (first one). I have no risk factors for colon cancer, I am thin, and healthy with mild Hashimoto disease, but a healthy bowel with a life of daily large soft bowel movements, and have always been average healthy weight. I eat a natural diet with coconut and olive oils, plenty of veggies, whole grains, low sugar etc. I have been chronically constipated with narrow bowel movements every since the colonoscopy, and now I have gas and bloating and a mild painful lump in lower right site of stomach. My gastro tells me I will get better, but I might need to us a laxitive all my life. I finally broke down and started using a dose of Miralax everyday, and that has given little improvement. I do now go most days, but it is such a small narrow stool compared to my regular large soft stools I had almost every day of my life. I also was walking 4 miles every evening, so it was not caused by lack of exercise. (too hot to walk in the summer now)
108.  Elizabeth P Tuesday, July 18, 2017
I had a colonoscopy in June 2011 at the age of 57 due to strong family history of bowel cancer. A week later I had a small DVT which was diagnosed as superficial thrombophlebitis. Pain spread up to my thigh and 3 weeks later I woke up breathless with chest pain and pulomonary embolism was diagnosed. Recovery and full return to work took 6 months. I was never sure what caused the DVT and left it 6 years instead of 5 before having the next colonoscopy 3 weeks ago which was a virtual one so in theory less invasive and safer as no sedative was used. I woke up at 2 am 2 days after the procedure feeling breathless and was diagnosed with multipe pulmonary emboli, smaller than last time but more of them .My bmi is 23 and I am afairly active non smoker so not at risk of pe normally. The nurses are listening to me but the doctors seem to be ignoring this coincidence!
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