I’ve only ever had two examinations (being polite to ease you into it) so far, however I’m due my next scope very soon as I’ve just got over a bad flare and I’m due one anyway. The first one that was done to diagnose me is called a Sigmoidoscopy, where a camera on the end of a flexible tube … roughly about the size of the average little finger is shoved up your arse. OK, shoved maybe the wrong word, but you get my drift (this procedure only looks at the lower part of the bowel). But that wasn’t the worst part. The prep for this was on a whole new level. Not painful, well no more than the pain I was already in, just very uncomfortable and very, very weird.
My lovely nurse Amy had the task of giving me an enema to clear me out. Nice. She told me “Right, this is going to be quite uncomfortable, but it has to be done. It will feel like a burning sensation, but you need to keep the liquid in there (meaning in my arse) for as long as you can so your results are accurate.” It actually felt like she had stuck a stick of dynamite up there, lit it and legged it! THE weirdest thing I have ever experienced.
The procedure itself was nothing to worry about, It was so quick. In fact, I remember wanting to keep looking at the camera feed of my bowel, it was so fascinating! It lasted about 2 minutes, max. The consultant confirmed I had UC straight away and took some biopsies for addition tests. It’s different for everyone, but for me the scope didn’t hurt, it was just uncomfortable. And I had quite a bit of soreness due to the biopsies, so a walk in the park compared to the pain of UC.

The image on the right is pretty much what my bowel looked like with a lot more bumpy ulcers. That’s the best way I can describe them.

So honestly, this was a walk in the park compared to the pain of UC.

Published by Elle Quinn