Don’t worry. If I call you a wuss then I have to call myself one. Ask anyone who’s had one if it hurts though, it doesn’t. You are either awake or asleep and well sedated. The only pain I felt was when Dr. S tried to get past the tumor. It was pretty big at that point, so the camera kept bumping it as it tried to go around, ouch.
If you’re a wuss like me when it comes to pain just tell them that during the consult and ask to be knocked out. That’s what Dr. S suggested on the 2nd go “just in case” and it was brilliant. I fell asleep, I woke up and the poor guy who had to say “Bad news I’m afraid” the first time around got to smile and say (quite proudly like those hyper intelligent kidz do) how he was able to detect a flat surfaced polyp (those are apparently really hard to see) in the upper area that he couldn’t reach before, and remove it.
Should you be afraid a colonoscopy will hurt?
No, but I can tell you that if you do have colon cancer and it spreads you will be biopsied with a needle like this one, and it will hurt like a mu*^rF%$#r. They had to go through my back with one of these to get to the spot on my left lung.
What are the warning signs of colorectal cancer?
- Blood in or on your stool (bowel movement).
- Persistent stomach pain, aches, cramps, or bloating that won’t seem go away.
- Losing weight and you don’t know why.
- Extreme fatigue
By the time you notice these, you’ll be needing a biopsy done with one of these (the one on the right dear).
The best way to detect colorectal cancer in it’s early stages (before you notice it) is with a colonoscopy.