Colonoscopy Humour

Ever had a colonoscopy? This is a test where the inner lining of your intestine is examined by a doctor using a small flexible scope with a camera attached. It’s a highly effective way to screen for abnormalities in the bowel.  It’s also a test that many people dread due to a misplaced sense of modesty.

If your answer to the above question is Yes, then you’re best placed to appreciate the sense of humour in the following journal. If your answer is No, read on anyhow but please don’t be put-off having what could turn out to be a life-saving test.

As regards having a colonoscopy, I’ve ‘been there, done that‘ many times and I can assure you that the feeling of exhilaration when it’s over, and especially when you get the all-clear, is second to none!

This journal was written by Dave Barry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning humour columnist for the Miami Herald. With thanks to Cathy at Cathy’s Place for bringing it to my attention…prepare for a belly laugh!


“I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an
appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy
showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis. Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn’t really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, quote,


I left Andy’s office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called ‘MoviPrep,’ which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America’s enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn’t eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor. Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.) Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes – and here I am being kind – like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon. The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, ‘a loose, watery bowel movement may result.’

This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may
experience contact with the ground.

sitting-on-toilet2MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don’t want to be too graphic, here, but: Have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, ‘What if I spurt on Andy?’ How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.


Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep. At first I was annoyed that I hadn’t thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

Clipart Illustration Image of a Nervous Male Patient Lying On His Stomach With His Butt Up In The Air, Clutching The Side Of A Matress Of A Hospital Bed While A Proctologist Doctor Prepares To Insert A Machine Into The Anus For A Colonoscopy And A Nurse Hangs An IV BagWhen everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point. Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand. There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, ‘Dancing Queen’ had to be the least appropriate.

‘You want me to turn it up?’ said Andy, from somewhere behind me. ‘Ha ha,’ I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade.. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like…

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,’ and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.”

37 Responses to Colonoscopy Humour

  1. anneelicious says:

    I’ve never had a colonoscopy and the thought of one scares the bejeebus out of me but that piece definitely gave me a laugh or ten. Nice one.

  2. Steph says:

    Hello Annie and welcome!

    There’s really nothing to be scared about when having a colonoscopy. The worst part is definitely the bowel prep which at least you can do in the privacy of your own home. Once you get into the actual endoscopy unit, they knock you out with a sedative before they stick the scope up your bum and when you come to again, it’s all over! Each time I’ve had a colonoscopy, the experience has varied but I can honestly say that I’ve never suffered embarrassment at any stage. I can assure you that getting properly checked out and especially when you do have a bowel problem, is hugely reassuring.

  3. Geri says:

    Yes I have had one…shudder…(and luckily everything turned out fine) but for me the two days of pre-colonoscopy laxitive were more.. er.. ‘unpleasant’ than the procedure itself….. ooooh the horror! But don’t let that put anyone off having one. I’m glad I did – and what are two days of ‘the trots’ followed by a nice little oblibvious nap, compared to catching any problem you may have – and having it thoroughly dealt with?!

  4. Steph says:

    Well done! Geri

    I agree totally. And the feeling of exhilaration when it’s over, makes the whole procedure feel very worthwhile.

    Most people shudder at the thought of having to discuss bowel problems but you have to remind yourself that to the doc, it’s just another medical problem that needs sorting. Once you overcome your own reluctance, there’s really no embarrassment involved.

    Great to hear from you, Geri!

  5. Grannymar says:

    I didn’t know they put you asleep! I was certainly wide awake when I had it done and allowed to drive home afterwards.

    PS IF you ever need to have this procedure done GO STRAIGHT HOME and not to the shopping mall as a friend of mine did….
    Let me just say she has never gone back there since.

    GO STRAIGHT HOME the loo will still be your bestest friend for a couple of hours more!

  6. annie says:

    Thanks Steph 🙂

    My mum had one done last year but wasn’t knocked. She didn’t talk much about her experience either!

    I’d never let ‘the fear’ put me off getting it done though if I had to, you’re health is obviously far more important!

    Grannymar – that’s mortifying; the poor woman! Good advice so!

  7. Steph says:

    Grannymar – poor you! I don’t think I like the idea of having the procedure done without sedation. Is this a cost saving measure with the NHS I wonder?

    I know that sedation is usually optional when having a gastroscopy (scope down throat)and many opt to do without but I’ve never heard of a colonoscopy being performed without sedation. Well, at least you know now that if you ever need to have another one, you can always request to be knocked out.

    Annie – as you say, your health is the most important thing. The people who let fear come between themselves and their health, often end up regretting it! 😦

  8. knipex says:

    I had one about 6 years ago. Fortunately it was clear but they didn’t knock me out either. They say they gave me a sedative if they did it didn’t work on me.

    I remember coming out to the recovery room to see all these people gently waking up after their procedure and thinking what the hell did I do wrong….

  9. Steph says:

    Knipex – rather you than me! 😀

    I’m really surprised to hear of the number of people who’ve had this procedure without effective sedation. That certainly has not been my experience and I’ve had colonoscopies in three different hospitals. Each time, I’ve been knocked out with an injection of sedative into the back of my hand and it’s been topped up as required to keep me quiet!. The other joy of sedation is that it induces memory loss so that you remember very little of the goings-on and you ‘come to’ feeling very relaxed.

    Some people require more sedation than others and it may be the case that some day units restrict the amount of sedation used in order to process people through the system faster. When having a gastroscopy performed many years ago, I required a second shot of sedation to knock me out properly for the procedure with the result that I couldn’t be woken up for several hours afterwards. Everyone in the day unit, bar one nurse, had gone home by the time I came to again! 😀

  10. LANNA says:

    i had a colonoscopy yesterday. the most horrendous day of my life. i was told i would be asleep. i was told not to worry that i won’t feel a thing. the day before ‘prep’ was a nightmare, yes, but not like the test. i was on my side, waiting to go to sleep. then i felt the ‘goo’ on my bum and whammy…here we go. i was uncomfortable so didn’t say much at first, then the PAIN hit. i was screaming for them to STOP. i was holding onto the bed rails so hard i thought i would bend them. i have had 4 kids, NO epideral, and it was nothing like this. when ‘it’ wouldn’t go through the colon smoothly, he would back up and try again, only harder this time. this went on, in one spot in particular, for 6 long, hard RAMS till he got through to the next part. and i do mean back and forth back and forth over and over. i begged and plead for them to stop, at least give me a breather…a break. all i heard was give her more versed. that stuff DOES NOT WORK! Not on me. I understand there is discomfort in most every test they do. my daughter had one and was completely asleep. at one point, one nurse was holding my head ( i was thrashing back and forth) the other holding my hands down to the rail so i wouldnt hit one of them,i am guessing, and another was pulling my stomach back towards the rails where the doctor was so i didnt mess up the test i guess. my questions are: why, when they saw i was in so much pain, didn’t they give me something else? why when i begged them to stop and let me catch my breath, didn’t they? it is my body, and if i am awake, i should have a say as to whether i want to continue with torture or not. i am sorry this is not a humorous story, but i just had to tell someone. i feel violated. so very violated. i intend to seek psychiatric counseling, and going to my regular dr today to make sure everything is okay. all i have to say now, is IF it is ever mentioned to have another, i will flatly refuse. i know they say it saves lived, but i will NOT recommend it to anyone, ever. Enter colonoscopy at your own risk i guess. i am very sorry i did it. i had no problems, this was just a routine part of my physical. never again. I BEGGED them to STOP and they didn’t and i, in a way feel raped.

    • Heidi says:

      Dear Lanna,
      I was sorry to hear about your experience, but also glad you shared it because so many people said the procedure was painless because you’re drugged. One woman told me she even joked with the doctor during the procedure.
      I had a colonoscopy today and when it became painful the doctor changed to a tube used for children, changed my position, and gave me more drugs. When that became too painful, I told him to stop. He did and so only had half a colonoscopy. After reading about your experience I’ve very grateful that I didn’t try to brave it out and that he listened to me.

  11. Steph says:

    LANNA – I’m so sorry to hear of your experience. It truly sounds awful and must have been very scary for you. I’m not in the least surprised to hear that you feel violated. I’m glad you made use of this forum to vent your rage. I hope it helped.

    I also hope your trip to your doctor today will have gone some way to help you come to terms with what happened. I would suggest that you outline your experience in writing to the hospital/clinic where you had the colonoscopy and request a response. Pointing out the errors of their ways should help bring about change for the better.

    I’m a little concerned that your experience may deter others from having this important check-up. I’d like to assure readers of this blog that the benefits of having a colonoscopy, definitely outweigh the risks especially when a bowel abnormality is suspected. Discuss any concerns you may have about the procedure with the referring doctor and again if necessary, with the colonoscopy doctor just before the procedure commences. Be informed!

  12. LANNA says:

    I agree Steph. I do hope i didn’t scare others away. IF i HAD to i WOULD do it again to save my life. I was just so furious. I did talk to the dr that did the procedure, he apologized, but said he had to make a ‘judgement call’ as to whether to finish or not. I told him, since i was awake I HAD MADE THE CALL, and he should have stopped at my insistance. He made record that if and when i ever get it done again i am to be put completely to sleep by an anestiaologist. They did NOT have one available for my procedure yesterday… i was surprised at that. for any of you waiting for this to be done, do it, for it may save your life. but just ask more questions than i did. i am as much to blame for this. good luck to all. lkaneiss

  13. Steph says:

    Cheers! LANNA and thanks for your response. Well-said!

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  15. Brigitte says:

    I had a colonoscopy yesterday. I was given 2mg of Versed and 25mg of pethidine and then another 25 mg of pethidine. I was totally awake and in excrutiating pain – sobbing and screaming. They eventually stopped after getting about a quarter of the way around because I kept screaming at them to! The doctor made me feel like I’d wasted his time!

    I had one about 10 years ago and, although I have dream like memories of the pain, it is like a bad dream. Apparently, they managed to get 90% of the way around the bowel before they stopped that time.

    When I asked the nurse why I hadn’t been “knocked” out by the Versed like I had been 10 years ago, she said “we used to give enough to practically make you unconcious but we don’t like to do that anymore and only give enough to sedate you slightly” If I’d known this beforehand I would never have agreed to have it done. It was like someone ripping my bowels out with a hook. I’ve had 2 children and the pain of that was less than this.

    I’m so upset by this. Not only because of the pain I endured, but because I was obviously in pain and they did not offer to increase the dosage of the medication. Also, the doctor was so unsympathetic and made me feel completely useless and a time waster. I have extremely painful bowels anyway, that’s one of the reasons they wanted me to have the colonoscopy, so surely they should’ve realised that I would react in this way?

  16. Steph says:

    Brigitte – Ouch! That was a lot to go through both in terms of the bowel prep and the pain/distress, for zero outcome.

    Perhaps, next time (if there ever is a next time), you could negotiate beforehand that you would be completely knocked out for the procedure. If you need investigation, you shouldn’t do without just because of a bad experience.

    Best of luck, anyhow.

  17. valanonymous says:

    Reading all of your experiences somehow makes me feel a little less embarrased about my colonoscopy a few months back. It was my second, and I went into it very relaxed knowing that I had felt nothing the first time.
    Afterwards I had cramps for about a week. Went to the specialist’s office 2 weeks later for the results and he told me they didn’t complete it because I fought them off “like a banshee”, even when they tried to give me more sedative. Said he still had the bruises. I’ve never been more embarrased, aplogized profusely and asked how that could have happened. Something to do with a bad reaction to the sedative, seems it happens to 1 in 100. No more colonoscopies for me thank you – I still blush at the thought of it. Hope they come up with another type of test SOON.

  18. Steph says:

    valanonymous – Hello and welcome.

    Don’t be embarrassed. It’s funny! 😀

    I did exactly the same (apparently) years ago when having a gastroscopy (scope into stomach) performed. The doc said afterwards that I’d screamed the place down despite a double dose of sedative. He didn’t seem too pleased so I always wondered if perhaps I’d been very rude to him personally.

    I know all about the cramps after a colonoscopy. They are caused by the gas used to inflate the bowel wall which if already tender, can hurt like hell afterwards.

    There is hope for us in the future, in the form of a magic pill (containing a micro camera) which you swallow and which then photographs your insides as it passes through.

    Thanks a million for sharing your story.

  19. Brighid says:

    Thanks for posting this and “all” the responses. It has been very informative.

  20. Steph says:

    Brighid – You’ve very welcome and I’m delighted to hear that you found the post and it’s comments, informative. Thanks for visiting!

  21. V says:

    I just got back home after my Colonoscopy and I’ve been searching for some info regarding Colonoscopy Biopsy when I come across this post. I wish I found this before I went throgh the procedure. What a great post filled with lot of humour! Prep work is almost same for me but the procedure went pretty much smooth and painless. I am home fine now.

  22. Steph says:

    V – Well done for getting through your colonoscopy with such a positive attitude! I hope you get a good result now.

    I’ve had another colonoscopy since writing this post and the biopsies confirmed a condition called ‘microscopic (collagenous) colitis’ which has responded very well to treatment with steroids and anti-inflammatory medication.

    Here’s a link to another blog which offers a lot of useful information on the different types of colitis…

  23. Jerry says:

    Colonoscopy would be a practically painless test if the docs took their time doing them. Most of the world has these tests unsedated; only in the USA do the docs zombify their patients (temporarily) them do the exam quickly and roughly. Sedation and especially the amnesia drug Cersed forces you to lie there imobile, awake, sort of amnesic (until later)….I just had a colonoscopy, no drugs and the doc was a wonderful woman who took her time and explained everything as she went….no IV no oxygen no EKG no pulse-ox, just a caring doc and it was easy……Only slob-gastros force sedation on their patients////

  24. Steph says:

    Jerry – Good to hear of your experience and I agree that the doctor can make all the difference to the procedure.

    I have always been sedated when having a colonoscopy (in Ireland) and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’ve never been ‘forced’ to have sedation, it’s always been optional. I only ever once ‘came to’ during a procedure, due to pain and the sedation was topped up instantly so that I became unaware.

    I suspect that ‘conveyor belt’ medicine is the reason why colonoscopies are commonly performed using sedation, with time being of the essence.

  25. transportpilot says:

    I avoid docs like the plague; not sure why, but I’m a pilot and don’t want to lose my job due to medica issues….I was ferrying Short Brother’s Skyvans from the Emerald Isle across the pond to the US, when I developed some annoying, uh, GI bleeding (my arse was bleeding badly). I avoided colonoscopy in the US because I won’t do the sedation (it’s actually a memory wipe with Versed; amnesia not sedation and the memory loss can be permanant. No US doc would do an unsedated colonoscopy. But, while I was in Ireland, the doc that I saw at hospital told me: “you need a colonoscopy, ie: you are getting a colonoscopy, so how can I make it easy for you???” I understand that you don’t want sedation and that’s fine, but can I have a nurse standing by with narcotics if it gets too painful? I almost fainted; she was treating me like a human being! She admitted me because my HCT dropped and the nurses did the prep for me….totally kind…..The colonoscopy without drugs was easy; she found suspicious lesions and removed them…she took her time and it really wasn’t bad……after 20 minutes or so, I had back pain and the GI doc said that she wasn’ done, but wanted to make me comfortable..when I declined, the nurse rubbed my shoulders and told me that a little fentanyl would help; again asked my permission and as soon as I consented she eliminated the pain………nothing like the US..the treated me like a king………

    • Steph says:

      Hi! there

      Great to hear of your positive medical experience in Ireland. Thanks for sharing it!

      I can’t say I find ‘memory wipe’ any problem. In fact, it fascinates me the way it works. I’ve often tried to piece together the sequence of events in the operating theatre but the ‘milk of amnesia’ defeats me every time.

      I’m not aware of any specific studies linking long term memory loss to sedation? I think that memory loss following anaesthesia is more likely to be ascribed to other causes such as the severity of illness, age etc.

      Regards, Steph

  26. andy says:

    i had a colonoscopy in the southampton general hospital,i was a bit nervous,but beleive nothing to worry about.all the staff helpful and very kind and caring.the proceedure just a little bit uncomfortable but fine,you may fill a bit bloated afterwards,(just fart afew times)and you will be fine.the prep is easy if you eat minimal light things about 3 days before like scrambled eggs and soup,makes it alot easier to pass during the prep,plenty of soft tissue,babby wipes,and air freshner NOTHING TO WORRY now just waiting for biopsy results,they said colon looks 2 nurses did compliment saying thats a big one, vein to insert the needle thing.

  27. Dawn Cox says:

    i am neaarly finishing my first litre of moviprep , another litre to take tomorrow morning and test in the afternoon, feeling really rather rotton and extremely anxious but the above gave me my first laugh in a few days ..

    • Dawn Cox says:

      ok, so i have now read the other comments that came afterwards and am even more worried 😦

      • steph says:

        Hi! Dawn

        No need to be worried about having a colonoscopy. And, don’t be embarrassed either as the staff in the scoping unit have seen it all before!

        The preparation (at home) for a colonoscopy is by far the worst bit so I hope by now that the scoping went well and that you’re able to eat and drink whatever you like again.

        Feel free to come back and let me know how you got on.

  28. Lily says:

    Hi all, I’m a newcomer to colonoscopy world, having had only one, but husband and grown-up children have all had a number- and we’ve all had different experiences. Think we’re all agreed that the prep tastes vile, and that none of the “useful tips” prevalent on the message boards really help – (mixing it with gin ?!?!)But the most recent was far worse than the previous type- can’t remember what it was called, but it came in the form of a sachet which was mixed with a glass of water, to be taken every three hours or so for 4 doses. Not exactly pleasant, but you could down each dose quite fast,then take a swig of strong black coffee, Bovril, apple juice or the like, and you then had a few hours before the next dose- of course, you also had to drink a lot of water, but that wasn’t too bad. However, the prep is
    now 4 sachets of Klean Prep, which is made up into 4 litres , and you need to drink a litre an hour- in other words, you’re pretty much drinking it continuously, and you’re so bloated that you don’t have room for any more pleasant tasting drinks in between. Why has there been this change ? Surely if
    it ain’t broke, why would you need to fix it ?
    Haven’t heard anyone suggest Kleen Prep is either
    more effective or more pleasant to take ; maybe
    it’s cheaper ? As for the procedure itself, one
    member of the family has had no problems over several colonoscopies, another has had one very straightforward one under normal sedation; one in which the sedation was totally ineffective,and as a result it was painful; and a third very easy one under very light sedation. My first (and possibly last) procedure had to be stopped about a third of the way in , as , although I was pretty much out, I woke up in a lot of pain and asked them to stop, which they did, immediately.
    Turns out I have something called a tortuous colon, which sounds a lot more serious than it actually is,
    but means that I won’t be able to have a colonoscopy
    in the future, and will have to rely on barium enemas for diagnostic purposes. And if anyone thinks a colonoscopy is rather undignified, you really don’t want a barium enema !
    So the moral of the story is : ask lots of questions
    beforehand, particularly what the surgeon’s policy is
    regarding stopping if the discomfort is too great, because if you know they will do as you ask, you’ll be more relaxed to begin with, and less likely to experience severe pain. Colonoscopy isn’t the most enjoyable thing in the world; I can think of many ways I’d rather spend a few days !- HOWEVER – it really is a potential lifesaver as it has proved in my own family.
    And if anyone has any suggestions as to why the prep. has changed, I’d really like to hear them, and to make a plea for a return to the previous method (maybe it’s only an issue in the hospital I attend?)

    • Lily says:

      Oh, and as a PS – although holding a full
      medical card, I had to pay about €16 to get the prescription filled at the chemist this time
      out – fortunately I was able (just) to cover
      this, but there must be many who are simply
      unable to pay this unadvertised and unwarranted expense. I can imagine a situation where someone unable unable to afford the prep might simply miss the
      appointment, both putting their health at risk,
      and costing the HSE a great deal more money
      than providing the prep without charge.
      Whatever next ? “We’ll operate on your cancer
      free, but the anaesthetic is an optional extra
      if you can pay for it !”
      Sorry for the rant, I still think the hospital
      staff do a great job under difficult conditions
      but feel that the above example is a case of
      “Penny wise, pound foolish”

      • Steph says:

        Hi Lily

        Apologies for taking so long to respond. Thank you for visiting btw and leaving your comment.

        I agree wholeheartedly with you about the awfulness of the prep for a colonoscopy. You’d think in this day and age that they could produce an ‘easier to tolerate’ preparation. I don’t mind the endless ‘sitting on the loo’ bit but I find it very hard to drink the huge amount of nausea-inducing fluid prep. And, it’s a further insult when you’ve to pay a hefty price for the stuff too!

        I’ve often wondered how frail, elderly people cope with drinking the prep? It’s one thing doing it when you’re otherwise fit and well but as I know from personal experience, it’s like torture when you’re already ill/have acute colitis.

        However, as you so rightly mention, having a colonoscopy can be a potential life-saver and especially so if there’s a history of bowel disease in the family.

        For those lucky enough to get the ‘all-clear’ following a colonoscopy, memory of the prep soon pales into insignificance when compared with the elation experienced!

        Best wishes to you and your family.


  29. says:

    Hi everyone,

    Had a Colonoscopy yesterday and they had to stop half way round as it was very painful, the nurse stopped the Dr. as I had nearly bitten through the gas & air mouthpiece.
    The sedation was totally useless and the ‘amnesia’ inducing medication DIDN’T induce amnesia!
    The problem wasn’t the scope it was when they injected the air to inflate the bowel it was like a knife being twisted in my stomach.

    The nurses were brilliant and lovely, the Dr. performing the procedure has no personality, no people skills and I got the distinct impression she wasn’t having a very good day!

    Sorry to report in the negative but i really think it is so dependant on what Dr. you have, if I have another one I shall ask to be ‘put under’ as it is a waste of time going through all the build-up only to have half of the test completed.

    Hope this helps a little,


    • steph says:

      Apologies, John

      I only just spotted your comment today.

      Sorry to hear of your experience. Having a colonoscopy is plain sailing for some but not for everyone (as many of the comments above elicit). I’m glad you at least had sympathetic nurses looking after you.

      Having personally had many colonoscopies, I’m a big believer in talking with the doc before the procedure is carried out. Trust needs to be established between the doctor and patient before proceeding. I once had a colonoscopy where the doctor didn’t even bother to turn around to greet me as I was wheeled into the procedure room. As a result, I felt vulnerable instead of reassured as I was being sedated and not surprisingly, it turned out to be the only painful colonoscopy I’ve ever had. Like you, I got the distinct impression that the doctor performing the procedure wasn’t having a good day and I felt aggrieved to have suffered at his hands. However, the ‘all-clear’ result afterwards helped focus my priorities!

      If you do have another colonoscopy, I recommend that you discuss your previous experience with the doctor who will be performing the procedure so that you build up a rapport (and understanding) before undergoing the sedation/anaesthetic.

      I wish you the best of luck!


  30. emma says:

    This was a fantastic help for others having the procedure and so funny – u made me giggle alot! 😀

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