I am 35, and I have had diarrhea for a little over six years. It got to the point where I had to wear adult briefs when I slept because I could not control my bowels. I finally got into a GI doctor and he scheduled a colonoscopy/endoscopy and told me that in the mean time I should try giving up wheat gluten, to see how that changes things.
well he took biopsies of several areas of my stomach and intestines and while he was at it he removed a polyp from my colon. Good news is it isn't celiac disease, but an intolerance to gluten because things are normalizing, except for a bit of constipation.
The bad news is, the polyp was pre-cancerous. I had had a colonoscopy done two years ago and there was nothing there, and there is no history of colon cancer in my family, so if it grew in two years to the point that they could tell that it would have turned into cancer, how long before another polyp grows back that does turn into cancer?
Any insight? the doc scheduled my next colonoscopy for five years, but is there a chance that might be to late?
thanks for the help.
Hi! I'm also new here, but I found out yesterday that my doc found TEN pre-cancerous polyps, so he's recommending another colonoscopy next year. I'm 41. From what I've read, most docs recommend a screening a year after they find something like that, but I'm new to all this stuff.
Hi - I was disgnosed with colon cancer in July 2010 and was operated on in August 2010. I was told it would have taken about five years to get to the stage I was at - thankfully the cancer didn't go any further than the wall of the colon. Prior to the colonoscopy I had three bowel cancer tests, all showed up negative, so a colonoscopy is the way to go. I was unable to take chemo but have regular checkups, scans and blood tests and all is well.
I would have a colonoscopy before five years if I were you, as it would put your mind at rest. I am 74, female, and prior to my colonoscopy I had a bit of pain and diarrhea.
For about a year after the operation I had trouble with diarrhea (and now knowing when it would occur) however my GP told me about Metamucil and YOGHURT - a teaspoon Metamucil and yoghurt which gives me warning. NOT Metamucil and water as that operates the other way!!!!! Good luck, PC