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Several alternatives to colonoscopy for patient wanting to avoid pain medication

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I just turned 50, and my health care provider recommends that I get a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. I want to have the test done, but as a recovering addict, I don't want pain medication. Is this possible, or would the pain be too much? What are my other options?

ANSWER: For people in your situation, there are several alternatives to choose from when considering a colonoscopy. In addition to the option of forgoing pain medication completely, you could have the procedure with nonnarcotic medication, or you may be able to opt for a noninvasive colorectal cancer screening test instead of a colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes...

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