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Excessive gagging due to empty stomach, feeling of damage to cartilage rib after undergoing colonoscopy. What treatment should be taken?

thanks i woke up with an empty stomach after having a colonoscopy the day before. i have an ongoing problem of producing a large amount of mucus that creates gagging. i gagged and gagged bringing up copius amounts of bile (yellow) and in doing so i have appeared to have damaged my rib cartlidge on my right side.if this is so what treatment and what time frame thank you doug smith
Asked On : Fri, 27 Jul 2012
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colonoscopy should not cause gagging. An upper endoscopy may cause gagging during the procedure, but after it is finished you shouldn't feel anything. During a colonoscopy there is air insufflation inside your colon, and the camera is pushed inside of you, and inevitably some organs might be pushed and somehow traumatized during the procedure, and that's why you might feel your ribs were injured, however it is very rare to have major trauma during a routine colonoscopy. Pain should go away on its own and no treatment should be taken. If you are planning to take pain meds, avoid NSAIDs if you have a colon polyp removed, since otherwise you can develop rectal bleeding. Take acetaminophen instead.
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