"Pain during colonoscopy"

About: Western Infirmary/Gartnavel General / General Surgery

(as the patient),

I had this procedure done about 4 years ago. Never have I ever felt pain like it. Not childbirth, not fracturing my ankle. The sedation was a joke.

Yesterday at the hospital I was told I need another possibly within 3 weeks, but after spending a sleepless night thinking about it, I think I am going to cancel it.

I cannot use Entonox (not even during childbirth), and would prefer a general anaesthetic, but have heard reports that you cannot have one on the NHS.

I thought I was the only person who could not tolerate the colonoscopy, but after looking on-line, it seems that there are many others who seem to have had the same ghastly experience.

It is 2013 for goodness sake, not the dark ages, let's have a bit of thought from the hierarchy in the medical world about what they could do to ease patients pain.

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Response from Paul Cannon, Head of Administration, Acute Services Division, Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to provide your feedback.

I am sorry that this posting was not acknowledged at the time, we had a break in our use of Patient Opinion, but we have now resumed doing so, and I thought it was still important to acknowledge your posting.

I hope that you did go ahead with your investigation or at the very least had an opportunity to discuss your concerns with your GP or a member of the Hospital clinical team.


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