The GI Doc didn't even acknowledge that the adhesions were a possible source of the pain. GI docs are good for problems actually within the small intestine/colon but not on anything on the outside - like adhesions. I was sent home with no real answers for these episodes of suicidal levels of pain, fever, elevated WBC, vomiting and explosive diarrhea. Being in the medical profession - I did a little research on my own and decided that I was having some partial, intermittant bowel obstruction that they just didn't pick up on with the x-rays. About 6 months later I ended up having an open lap with lysis of adhesions and removal of my rt tube and ovary. This gave me about 9 months of being pain free. Then the pain returned and gradually got worse again. It's just a viscious cycle - pain - major surgery - pain - more surgery - . I've decided to not have any more surgery unless I have no choice such as a complete bowel obstruction.
I have worked with GI docs and most put the patient under heavy sedation to perform sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. If I were you - esp if the next test they want to do is a colonoscopy - refuse to have it done without sedation. You can call other GIs in your area and ask if they use sedation for their colon tests. I feel confident you will find one who does. It is cruel and inhumane to put someone through a test like that wide awake - esp if you are already dealing with a great deal of pain.