Fentanyl for colonoscopy

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Hi, I am 16 days fentanyl free. I had been on it for 5 years due to 3 failed back surgeries....I was on the 100 mcg every 72 hr for 4 yrs then weaned down to 75 every 48 hrs. It is a good pain med, BUT it is 80 times stronger than morphine and once your body gets used to it, you will continually need increased.
No nights...You need to understand the difference between "using" and needed for a medical procedure, surgery, etc. I am not advocating using pain pills but there may come a time when you will need them for..whatever. The difference between using and losing your recovery is "taking it as prescribed" or going crazy with it and becoming dyslexic while reading the dosing instructions.
The prep is nasty enough, and the IV sedation causes no discomfort whatsoever. If you want to watch the colonoscopy take place for recall, then ask for less sedation. I was given .5 mg of ativan to relax me a little prior to the procedure.
When I was taken back to my room, the same thing kept happening for ~30-45 minutes. I think I would have died, had it not been for my wife waking me up and telling me to breathe. It was outpatient surgery and I wasn't being monitored. My question is should I cancel this procedure with this doctor and go back to the first doctor, where I had no problems with conscious sedation? He performed this procedure around 7 years ago, before my heart attack.
I did have one polyp so I may need a colonoscopy every five years. I'm already scared to even think about that. What can I ask for the future to make this procedure tolerable? Should I go with Propofol instead? Should I go without an amnesia drug and just use Fentanyl for pain instead? I have a pretty high pain tolerance so this experience was a surprise for me. I had an upper endoscopy a few years ago and was given 6 mg. of Versed and 200 mcg. of Fentanyl and don't remember a thing.
Does anyone know what bowel prep for colonoscopy is safe for use by a patient with liver disease? I was given prescriptions for miralax/ducolax and for Suprep. Thanks!
Hi, i had a colonoscopy yesturday, which was the most painful experince in my life. They tried to give me more seditive which made my blood pressure very low i think. (i was out of it but not enough to feel that pain) Is this normal to have so much pain? it still hurts now, but i don't know if it was the shock to my body or the air they inserted.
I personally think your first symptoms were big-time gas, which always happens after a colonoscopy. Takes a few days for the digestion to get back to normal. But in your case, something else was also going on that wasn't right. I have to assume you went right back to the doc who did the procedure and complained at his office, becuz he should have been the one who would have been the most interested in getting you straight, because mistakes do happen despite their best efforts.
I can tell you they usually use medications named Versed (which is an amnesic and makes you sleepy and not remember the procedure) and Fentanyl (an IV pain medication). These two drugs together produce the sedation for the procedure and you will be comfortable. Most people don't remember the procedure at all.
(I think it's because of my weight1?!) Can I avoid colonoscopy? no history of colorectal cancer in the family. How do I know the cause for this slight pinch/stretch like pain?
I had a colonoscopy/endoscopy yesterday morning to check for celiac and anything else they could find and was given fentanyl/versed. Afterwards I came home and slept for 8 hours, was awake for 3 and then slept for 8 more, during which I had nightmares and woke up with sleep paralysis once. This morning I woke up feeling fine physically but very wrong mentally.
What are at least ten reasons why sedation given for a colonoscopy? I would have one done without the sedation, but doctors (and outpatient) clinics insist that it must be done with sedation and that it is safer that way. Safer for who?
I informed him I built up a tolarence to (benzos) Klonopin as I have been taking it for many years for seixures. When he started the IV of FENTANYL nothing happened. He gave me as much as he could and still feel safe. Still nothing. The col. was VERY painfull. I told him I would rather die from cancer than go through that again. I passed out two times on the table from pain. He decided to investigate the FENTANYL to see why it didn't work.
Why did they use fentanyl for anesthesia instead of a more traditional method? And must they use this again? I would discuss your fears with your surgeon. If you are not comfortable with him all your PCP. When you are "under" anesthesia they monitor you VS continously. They are able to determine if you are not completely sedated and will provide additional anesthesia should this happen, which is rare contrary to the media. I wish you all the best.
I didn't have a colonoscopy, but I was put under for an endoscopy recently. I did not have ANY problem with the medication causing PVC's or any other noticeable reaction. I was tired and slept the rest of the day...that's it (probably one of the best things for the PVC's).
Sedated with Versed/Fentanyl. He found a polyp and removed it.Woke up feeling sleepy and nauseous.Took something for that.Air trapped inside was a killer.Passed gas a few times, didn't help. Couldn't find a comfortable postion..in lots of pain. Gave a dose of Bentyl. Didn't do jack. About 15 minutes, another dose. Nothing. I am in major pain..called Doc. Gave me Dilaudid, sent for x-rays. No perforation, just a lot of air that wasn't coming out. Told that it was not common..
Hi Crystalfresh, I went in yesterday for my first colonoscopy and advised my doctor that I did not want to be sedated due to heart problems and previous adverse reactions when attempting demerol/sedation drugs in the past. He told me I could try it unmedicated but to remember there were many drugs available that could be adjusted to find something that would work for me.
Another technique is to use a cortisone-based nasal spray on the area such as flonase or nasacort. It sounds like the fentanyl patch isn't going to be a good fit for you. I can't understand why your doctor is so vehement about not using a cover (like tegaderm or other medical tape). I also can't understand his objection to placing the patch on the ribcage - that's the one location that has worked for me. I'm glad you have an appointment with your doctor tomorrow.
The results were normal, no disease process found. The colonoscopy itself was pretty painful for me, and they had to give me the max of the medication for sedation. They said I had a "twisty" colon, and that was probably why it was painful. Well, ever since the colonoscopy, my constipation and feelings that I have not gone enough are gone. I go twice a day, normal amounts now. It's great! Has anyone every heard of this??? I am perplexed.
Thanks for the reply. I wanted to do the next exam without Versed (like my first one in a different state), but none of the doctors here will do the exam that way. The first gastro was super; she did the exam with just painkiller (fentanyl) on standby if I asked for it, but didn't need it. The endo centers here all want sedated and amnesic patients which I don't get at all. One of the nurses told me that they prefer sedation so that the doc can do the exam faster (schedule more patients).
My GI docotor wants to give me a combination of Versed, Fentanyl and Propofol, for and EGD and colonoscopy. Seems like a lot - and I worry about the combination.
The comments here and yours in particular prompted me to continue my search for sedationless colonoscopy. My insurance pays for anything, even the Michel Jackson drug propofol, but Iwould prefer nothing. I met with a gastro today who knocked my socks off. I went in planning to argue with her, but she read over my file, especially my terrible Versed experience and said "holy s**t, no wonder you don't want sedation.
6 years ago I had a routine colonoscopy and it was the most upsetting medical procedure of my life. Even though it was done in a hospital under Demerol and Versed, I had excruciating pain, was thrashing about, totally awake, and in such agony that I was begging and screaming at the doctor to stop. Instead, he had me restrained in a Tyvek restraint jacket on the surgical table and I was held down while he proceded with the colonoscopy. It was traumatic beyond belief.
which is my only vice. I have my colonoscopy scheduled for the 19th of December and doctor wants to run a tube down my esophagus to see what else is going on in there right after that; should I do that test before the colonoscopy? What else could it be and should I be doing anything else? I also had an abdominal ultrasound done last week and everything turned out normal. I carry arounf 40-50 pounds of stenographer equipment everyday, so just wondering if I could have ruptured something.
About a year ago I started researching colonoscopy for a patient experience standpoint because my new primary care doctor told me to get one (I'm high risk) and despite my best efforts, she would not let me get out of getting one. I read a lot about the procedure and talked to friends who had one; basically I was o.
thanks for the info; I'm finishing the prep for my repeat exam tomorrow. I just got off the phone with my gastro doc; she agreed to do the repeat exam unsedated (again) and even told me that most of the docs in her group get theirs without drugs (so that they can go right back to work).. but she asked me to "keep an open mind about drugs and to bring a driver".
I wouldnt worry about the fentanyl at all. For one thing this was for a medical procedure and that is what the meds were designed for. Just keep doing what you have been doing. Glad you are back!!
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