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    Pain after colonoscopy
    WRigor01 posted:
    I have had 2 previous colonoscopys and have never had any post-procedure problems. This time I am experiencing pain (a dull ache rather than sharp pain) in the lower left side of my abdomen. I didn't have any problems having a bowel movement and it is pretty normal at the present time (other than some pain associated with bowel movements (more pressure pain than direct pain). This feels more like a hernia might feel. This doesn't seem to be related to the colonoscopy because I am having no problem with digestion and have no fever and no blood in my stools.
    I haven't a clue as to what this might be unless it is a hernia, but how did that happen?
    Carols2wow responded:
    I also had a previous colonoscopy with no problems, but I had one in January that caused extreme pain and constipation. I went back to the gastroenterologist and he told me to keep my bowels moving (take laxatives) and find a surgeon. I ended up going to the ER because of the pain and they discovered my colon had been puncured and there was a fistula with bacteria going to my pancreas. I spent 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital on intravenous antibiotics, but luckily didn't end up with surgery. My bowels are back to normal now, but you should go back to the doctor immediately or go to the ER. You should not have pain, and shouldn't have to not eat either. Seriously, do not delay. You also could have sustained a punctured colon and it won't heal by itself.

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