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Question: colonoscopy? I am having a colonoscopy this week .My dr. is doing one to find out what is causing my cramping and abdominal pain. I have never had one done before (I'm only 25), but am worried--Will I be fully asleep during this or just out of it? I have read that ask people to move positions during this procedure, and wondered how people could move if they're awake. Any advice or info is appreciated. Thanks!

Answer: you can request sedation, but from personal experience it's TOTALLY NOT NECESSARY. I had mine done with a very tiny amount of Demerol only (and I didn't want that, but the Dr insisted.) Except for about 2-3 seconds of very mild cramping when the Dr went around the transverse colon, the entire procedure was completely painless. I watched the entire thing on the monitor. It was very interesting believe it or not. I even watched the Dr remove and cauterize a polyp..also totally painless. Your colon has no nerve endings, so if you just relax you'll be fine. Should you choose sedation, please DO NOT GO WITH VERSED!!! Versed is an amnesiac that does nothing for pain, the only thing it's good for is to give you memory loss so you won't recall the procedure. This is a very bad drug and should be banned entirely from use on people. I had it once in 1991 for an endoscopy, and I've had anxiety and depression every since. you may want to check out, and about this god-awful drug. You'll be fine, don't worry. Once it's over you'll laugh about how scared you were to go through with it. Feel free to email me if you'd like, and let me know how it went. Best of luck, I'll keep you in my prayers.

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