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Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by mary [516.580] on January 28, 2004 at 16:05:19:

I had a routine physical exam yesterday as part of a change in health
plan & doctors. The new guy strongly urged me to get a colonoscopy,
based solely on my age (51). I know the guidelines are to start at age 50
& repeat periodically. I've been having the fecal occult blood test
annually for the past few years, which has always been normal. I have
normal, healthy bowel function, as far as I'm able to tell. I'm afraid of the
colonoscopy procedure & wonder if there's any other means to determine
polyps besides this invasive test. I'd consider the virtual CT colonography
instead, but it's extremely expensive & insurance won't cover it. Plus, you
still have to go through the prep, and if they find anything, you still have
to have a regular colonoscopy to remove what's been found. And, it
involves exposure to radiation, as it's an xray procedure. I'm between a
rock & a hard place here, and would really like to hear from others in the
same situation.

thanks,
mary



Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by Trace [196.10] on January 28, 2004 at 17:06:51:

In Reply to: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by mary [516.580] on January 28, 2004 at 16:05:19:

Sigmoidoscopy can be conducted in docter's office without need for sedation. Doesn't have coverage of a colonoscopy, however. BTW, FOBT isn't a highly accurate indicator of condition of colon.



Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by Connie [410.44] on January 28, 2004 at 17:10:37:

In Reply to: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by mary [516.580] on January 28, 2004 at 16:05:19:

Mary, I am in the same situation only my new doctor wanted me to have a endometrial biposy and I am suppose to have a mammogram for breast as a breast exam will anyway it is a big new place and very nice and expensive to keep up. I am sure they are wanting money to keep it going. The test she wants me to have I looked up in the internet and found out what it was, and it looked like it would be painful to me. I know what a colonsocopy is, I have had more than one, and it was painful for me and in fact I have had so many test and they all came back normal. Maybe I needed one of them but I believe because i had insurance they just told to have them. I didn't like this doctor I went to she gave me a GNY Transvaginal sno and she had told me it came back normal.But she wants me to have the endometrial I told her I would have to think about it. I know some on this board believes she should always listen to the Doctor but I think this should be up to us to decide that. Although there are those who don't feel the same way as others. If you haven't ever had any problems with your colon then I would not have one don't believe it is worth all the problems with the radiation and all and it took so long. With your health as you pointed out unles I had a lot of problems I would not have one. Just tell him that you don't want to have that is all I would say. I want be able to go back to this doctor if I don't do what she says but I have to just commit this to the Lord.



Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by mary [516.580] on January 28, 2004 at 17:30:27:

In Reply to: Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by Trace [196.10] on January 28, 2004 at 17:06:51:

But the sigmoidoscopy only does the lower portion of the colon, not the
upper.

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Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by Debbie [20.847] on January 28, 2004 at 17:37:11:

In Reply to: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by mary [516.580] on January 28, 2004 at 16:05:19:

A few years ago my mom had an energency colostomy. She had diverticulosis and didn't even know. She was helping my Dad after he had fallen from a ladder and I guess the strain caused her pain to start. I don't know how long she had this problem, unaware, but by the time of her pain she was so infected surgery was necessary. I and my 4 sisters took care of her and dad for 12 weeks.The first 6 weeks mom wore a bag.If anyone has queations about getting a colonostopy they should wittness someone who has lost the use of their colon. She later had it reversed and is fine now. This scared me because I had been having bleeding problems and was putting off going to the doctor.I went after my mother was better and they found 3 polyps in my colon,not many but more than I wanted. The doctor removed them during the procedure and I'm fine now. I try to do whatever I can to prevent the same problem Mom had because her surgery left a great impact on me. Oh my sister had no symptoms and she had even more polyps than I.



Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by Marion [1238.376] on January 28, 2004 at 18:24:41:

In Reply to: Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by Debbie [20.847] on January 28, 2004 at 17:37:11:

Hi, Debbie - I also have diverticulosis, as do many people who do not even ever know they have it. Polyps are not the same as diverticuli (pouches in the colon). Your mom probably got diverticulitis - an inflammation and/or infection in one or more of her diverticula. This can be genetic as can polyps, but diverticula do not become cancerous, even though they can rupture if infected and cause a person to need a temporary colostomy if the infection can't be controlled otherwise. I believe that doctors now do not recommend operating when diverticulitis is present unless it cannot be avoided. The diverticulitis can usually be controlled by diet and/or antibiotics.
therefore, you do not need to worry that because you might have polyps from time to time, which can easily be removed as yours were - that you will have to undergo an operation and colostomy like your mother did. I am not a professional and am speaking only from experience. I'm sure you will have others posting. Best wishes.



Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by JM [826.457] on January 28, 2004 at 19:17:25:

In Reply to: Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by Debbie [20.847] on January 28, 2004 at 17:37:11:

Hi Debbie, I had colonoscopy 2 years ago and it was no big deal. I had to get enema the night before and the following morning using a purchased kit and the colonoscopy itself was painless and quick, I was totally relaxed, needed no drugs of any kind and I am glad I had it as they discovered a polip which they removed in a few minutes. I didn't feel any discomfort during or after the procedure.
Good luck.

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Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by Miszhka [1381.219] on January 28, 2004 at 21:57:31:

In Reply to: Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by Connie [410.44] on January 28, 2004 at 17:10:37:

In the past 6 months I have had 2 colonscopies and an endeoscope (and I'm only 27!)

I have to admit I was so nervous and scared. I thought I would never wake up. I'd never been sedated before and was very nervous by it.

I can not stress enough that there is no need to worry. When I was laying on the table my heart was going through the roof and they told me they and never had a patient with such a rapid heart beat!

It really isn't worth putting your body through the stress of worrying. Once they put the needle in you will be so relaxed...the next thing I remember was being helped off the table! You won't remember anything from the procedure and before you know it you are waking up!

I would suggest eating a light diet 2-3 days leading up to the procedure and no red meat.

The only after effects I had was tiredness (just go home and sleep it off) and some stomach cramps from the air they inflate your stomach with.

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Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by Debbie [6.847] on January 29, 2004 at 03:54:17:

In Reply to: Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by Marion [1238.376] on January 28, 2004 at 18:24:41:

I know polyps are different My point was I try to take care of my colon now because polyps can be present without symptoms and can become cancerous leading to surgery My Mom's condition was throughly explained to us and since she had a high tolerence for pain didn't know she had it so she couldn't treat it with diet or medicine She also had a growth on the part of her colon they took out



Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by Marion [1238.376] on January 29, 2004 at 08:20:43:

In Reply to: Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by Debbie [6.847] on January 29, 2004 at 03:54:17:

Hi Debbie - Sorry - I misunderstood your post. Of course, you are wise to continue to have your colon checked for polyps. Years ago my husband had a few polyps removed from his colon but has never had a recurrence. I had diverticulitis once, and like your mom, I had no idea what was causing the pain. I guess I have a high tolerance for pain also. I was in the hospital for almost a week on IV antibiotics. Fortunately, I did not have to have an operation. I do think stress has something to do with causing the inflammation of the diverticulum. And, a healthy diet with lots of fiber can keep them from forming, I'm sure. Best wishes.



Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by ANN [1003.516] on January 29, 2004 at 09:38:52:

In Reply to: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by mary [516.580] on January 28, 2004 at 16:05:19:

one question you might want to ask yourself is what you would DO about the results if they were bad. If you'd opt for conventional treatment, you should have the test. If there's no way you'd go the conventional route, then just make sure you're eating like someone who's researched the causes and alt. treatments and live in the way that least leads to colon cancer.

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Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy (Archive in cancer.)

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on January 29, 2004 at 11:22:20:

In Reply to: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by mary [516.580] on January 28, 2004 at 16:05:19:

Hi, Mary.

If you have been following the recommended lifestyle for prevention of colon cancer (pretty well established by now) for at least 10 years, personally I would not do it.

However, conventionally speaking, your doc is telling you like it is and I would proceed.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by Debbie [6.847] on January 29, 2004 at 17:23:47:

In Reply to: Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by Marion [1238.376] on January 29, 2004 at 08:20:43:

You could be right Mom was under stress at that time The biggest reason I think was Mom didn't get enough fiber although she has always tried to eat healthy I also take calcium along with making sure I have fiber in my diet every day but in my opinion getting tested,if someone has never been tested before,can only be a positive even if you've researched all your life.Im glad you found out you had it before it was acute.

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Re: Dr recommended colonoscopy

Posted by P [6.15] on January 29, 2004 at 17:58:01:

In Reply to: Dr recommended colonoscopy posted by mary [516.580] on January 28, 2004 at 16:05:19:

I know that the prospects of a colonoscopy are not that exciting. However, the procedure has been very helpful in finding and clipping polyps in many people that I know. If you have had no previous intestinal surgeries, the procedure should not be medically problematic.

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