Hello. Hoping an endoscopy professional is around or others with similar experiences.
I have a two week rule colonoscopy in a few days after they found distal uptake on a PET CT when they were trying to diagnose something else. I have typical symptoms, bleeding etc.
Anyway, I'm not anxious about possible outcome/results - pragmatic person - but I do feel anxious about the colonoscopy. Firstly I was sexually abused/exploited in my teens and have PTSD, so intimate procedures and exams are tough for me. I've requested that a woman is in the room; I can't get a female endoscopist quickly enough so I'll have to accept a man. I'm also autistic and struggle with being touched and sensory things. Plus I have long term IBS and can get extremely painful colic, and in a previous barium enema years ago I was in agony afterwards from all the air they pumped in, which I know they do for this, too. They say I'll be sedated to an extent, but I'd ideally like to be so stoned and have enough pain relief that I don't even know it's happening.
I hate feeling like I'm being difficult or making a fuss when I'm in hospital because I know people are stressed and busy, but I'm dreading it and want to advocate for myself without feeling like I'm being annoying or difficult.
Anyone else have similar issues who had a colonoscopy, or a professional who can advise? Thanks so much.