My first colonoscopy was both ends, too. And I did it without sedation. It’s fine. The endoscopy is actually a lot harder than the colonoscopy, at least for me, because it made me wretch. The colonoscopy was a little crampy, but that’s it. I had no pain at all frmo the colonoscopy, and a sore throat for a day from the endoscopy.
I had GoLytely, and I HIGHLY recommend the straw method. Shove the straw WAAAY back in your mouth, past most of the tongue. Use a big straw, and drink it quickly, but don’t taste it more than you have to. I also used some gingerale in the mix. I was going to use all gingerale, which the doc okayed, but then I realized that if I drank a gallon of gingerale I would feel sick just from that. So I used about a quart of gingerale and the rest water.
I started drinking it at 7:30 in the evening, and I was done with needing the toilet by midnight, probably by 11PM, I don’t remember exactly. But my husband went out for the evening, and I started after he left and finished before he came home. I just holed up in the bathroom with my laptop and a novel.
Don’t wipe more than you have to – your bum will get raw. You can use some desitin or petroleum jelly, but “wipe less, just stay on the toilet where a wet bum is okay” is the best advice I can give you.
I did not have trouble with my bottom going there or returning. (And since I was awake, I drove myself home.) Although you will be gassy – they pump your intestines up with air so they can see, and it can take a while for it to all work its way out again. I tend not to get pain from gas, but if you are prone to that, be forewarned.
I was really good about following all the rules about what I couldn’t eat for the week before, and that may have helped. I was certainly very clean by the time they shoved the scope up me.