Sudo--Hi, A few months ago i had my first colonoscopy and i was real nervous also..I had to drink the golytely stuff, which really wasn't too bad..Was completely cleaned out by early evening and was able to sleep all night and had the procedure in the morning...You can have polyps without being cancerous...i'm not sure if they can tell if you have cancer right then and there or if they have to send the tissue away...I am wishing the best for you...and it will soon be over...let us know how it turned out...
Honestly, the worst part is the anticipation. The procedure itself is quick and you wont remember a thing. Routine screening is the best thing you can do to protect yourself from any serious problems. When you are done, you will get a great peace of mind, knowing you are all clear.
If they should remove any polyps, it is good, because you will never let one get large enough to be a problem. I had mine, and they found 6 polyps, which they removed without a hitch. The other thing I liked about the whole process is how clean I felt after wards. I didn't want to put anything unhealthy in my system for awhile. It felt good to be that clean.
Thanks all, you were all right, the fear was a heck of alot worse than the procedure.
I have to admit, I didn't even think the prep was all that bad, I would do this test yearly if it meant not getting colon cancer! I had two very small benign polyps removed, at lease my Dr. told my husband they were benign, I don't quite know how they know that without a biopsy but that is what the Dr. said.
I'm clear for the next 7 years, although I will probably go back in 5 just to play it safe.
Thanks again for all your responses. I am so relieved all is well.
Fantastic! The colonoscopy is one of those things that everybody dreads, but turns out to be not so bad. I try to remember this every time I have a new procedure coming up...It's like going to the dentist, or the DMV...