>gradually got worse again. It's just a viscious cycle - pain - major surgery
>- pain - more surgery - . I've decided to not have any more surgery unless I
>have no choice such as a complete bowel obstruction.
>I have worked with GI docs and most put the patient under heavy sedation to
>perform sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. If I were you - esp if the next test
>they want to do is a colonoscopy - refuse to have it done without sedation.
>You can call other GIs in your area and ask if they use sedation for their
>colon tests. I feel confident you will find one who does. It is cruel and
>inhumane to put someone through a test like that wide awake - esp if you are
>already dealing with a great deal of pain.
In this area sigmoidoscopies are an office procedure and are generally done without sedation and colonoscopies are done under what is called "conscious sedation". Around here that is demerol (pain killer) and versed (amnesiac) I don't think you could do a colonoscopy on a person with out this.