Re: Barium enema VS colonoscopy
The barium enema is a WASTE OF TIME!! It didn't show the 15 inches of severely inflamed colon of Ulcerative colitis, and my stupid doctor said..oh it's probably just hemorrhoids..sigh.
Go for the c-scope.
For me, the best prep is the gallon....without any flavouring added. You don't have to starve or do liquid diet for 3 days prior. You can have a light brunch and start the prep at 4 - 5 pm the night before the scope. I have a few tricks to drink the stuff.
As well, I ask for light sedation and watch the monitor....worth the clean-out and no commercials..lol. Then my husband and I go for a nice breakfast afterward.
It's great you have someone to drive you....do the scope, and I do hope the doc does lots of biopsies...seems worth the time once he's in there, plus that will give a good baseline regarding any precancer cells, etc. You may not need another one for 10 years if all is clear.
It's all a matter of perspective!
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Last edited by quincy; 07-25-2010 at 08:58 PM.