I had some pretty bad gas in the spring, so I had my 2nd colonoscopy in April (one almost 5 years ago). I had 2 the same day, due to bleeding and was admitted to the hospital. Polyps were removed, and I had my 3rd one 2 weeks ago. 3 more polyps were removed and one was precancerous. I have my 4th one on the books for October.
Doc says this is the right thing to do, keep doing these till none are there. Plan was if none was there, do one more in 6 months and if none there, once a year.
Dad had colon cancer in his 70's (this did not kill him).
Is this doctor doing the right thing? I guess this is not "normal" to do them every 3 months, but on the other hand seems it's being caught.
Going to regular doc for a physical in August and to get his feedback, although he only works 2 days a week and close to retirement.
Hmm, I'm under the impression that polyps take years to form and that's why you aren't due for a colonoscopy until you hit 50 or have problems that suggest a colonoscopy is needed. And if you don't have any polyps, then 10 years between screenings is the norm. I turned 50 late last year and just had my first colonscopy a month ago. They took out one polyp that was benign and so they told me I was good for another 10 years.
Your statement "keep doing these until none are there" seems like the doc is missing them? I'm no doctor, but 3 months appears out of the norm, when I went through mine I did a lot of searching on the internet and I do not believe I found anywhere that indicates they can grow this fast???
I think you need to make an appt for a consultation with a specialist. Although I have no medical background or training I am 99% sure that you need a well qualified MD now.
Contact the best hospital or clinic in your area and ask for recommendations. Sending supportive thoughts your way.
Hey....thanks for the reply! I am now losing weight (although i have gained a pound back). I had lost 14 lbs in about 2 weeks. I am drinking BOOST now to help for now. I saw my doctor last week, lots of blood taken, did a urine test for 24 hours and last Friday did a CT scan. So I hope its nothing bad wrong and I am sure I will know something by today or a few days.
I'm checking in to see what your Dr. had to say about the test results. I noted that you live in a City with excellend health care. Due to the unusual nature of your problems I'm sure that getting a consultation with a specialist would not cause problems with your current MD. Fingers crossed.
Sorry to hear you have to be going through this. I know just what you are feeling.
Anyway, I think your doctor is doing the right thing. I switched from a local doctor to Mayo Clinic because I did not feel right about the local doctor.
I live in Minnesota, so I went to the Mayo Clinic, and went to the specialists.
Anyway, they did the same thing with me, I had four colonoscopies in 9 months time. They removed polyps every time, 34 the first, 27 the second,10 on the third, and 7 on the fourth. I also had an endiscopy, some kind of x-ray with die, blood tests, ultrasound (tumors in kidneys)etc.---you get the picture. I don't remember the number for sure, but I had a fair amount of them that were precancerous, and a few that were rather large.
Mayo Clinic said they could not tell if they were missing them (as you probably know by now---because of the blood, folds, etc.) or if they are growing that fast. I have never had a clean one yet.
After four colonoscopies, they scheduled the next one a year out. The thinking is that they consider me clean after the last colonoscopy, and if they find more on the one coming up---they are growing that fast.
The next colonoscopy should tell the story. (I sure don't mind the break from having colonoscopies though---god I get hungry and crabby)
Normally, they do grow slowly, but that is not a true hard and fast rule.
Anyway, I have been diagnosed with HPPS (hyperplastic polyposis syndrome).
My next colonoscopy is next April along with more tests. I have a brother who probably has HPPS also, he is in the process of changing over to Mayo.
All I can say, is keep on top of it. Colonoscopies are pretty easy compared to the alternative.
Wish you the best of luck, if you learn anymore, I wouldn't mind comparing notes.
I had another one on 10/19. This one seemed good, some polyps removed (3) and cleaned out dyverticulous (spelling). He told my wife this one really looks good, sending off to get results but he said he is confident nothing will be abnormal. So he has said to her as long as results come back like he thinks....we can wait a year for my next one. Wooohooo! I hate the prep..ugh. This whole thing got me so up set in the summer that I lost about 15 lbs in about 2 weeks.....and yes already gained back . I hope that does not happen again.
Sorry to see you are having as many procedures also. That's great you are close to Mayo clinic. I have confidence in my doctor here in Charlotte. He has me taking a pill called VSL #3. Its behind the counter in the pharmacy cause you have to keep pills in refrige. That has really helped me better than other probiotics.
Hoping now that I can stay healthy for a long time. Seems since graduating high school in 86 it's been down hill with stuff...lol.