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    Old 08-12-2019, 12:47 PM   #1
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    I'm scheduled for colonoscopy this week because of constipation. What my doctor told me doesn't make much sense. He told me you can have constipation even if you go every day. I thought constipation wasn't able to go or 3 or less bowel movements in a week.

     
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    Old 08-12-2019, 12:54 PM   #2
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    Dear marip,

    Personally I would not consult a doctor or get a colonoscopy based on three or less bowel movements in a week's time. I would though change my diet, and eat more cooked dark colored vegetables and and drink more water to see if that helped my digestive process. Just eating cheese several times a week can slow down the digestive system.

    My digestive system still has not returned to normal over a year later after the 'cleansing' that is required to have a colonoscopy. I might not ever agree to a colonoscopy again.

    I would definitely get another opinion outside of that doctor's medical group.

    What else has been going on with your digestive system?
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    Old 08-12-2019, 04:49 PM   #3
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    Re: constipation

    Constipation can also mean not emptying your bowels all the way. You can still be "full" even after you go. A colonoscopy is the safest test to have done because it allows your doctor to make sure there is nothing blocking you and that you do not have any polyps growing which can cause the constipated feeling and/ or lead to colon cancer.

    Ive had 11 colonoscopies in my life. Several people in my immediate family have died of colon cancer; I started getting them at age 25 because I was constantly feeling constipated and like you, I was going at least once a day if not - every other day. They found something in me which was taken care of immediately and changed my life for the better.

    Its an easy test and over in 20 minutes. Get the test...you'll feel better knowing there is nothing else wrong with you.

    Doctors do not perform colonoscopies for no reason; if your doctor suggests it, you should do it.
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    Old 08-13-2019, 03:29 AM   #4
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    Re: constipation

    Hi marip1,

    If there is no history of cancer in your family I definitely would not jump to a conclusion that you have cancer.

    I would change my diet and exercise and see if that changes my bowel habits. Don't allow doctors to scare you. Unless you have a family history of cancer, they should always prescribe benign solutions first. Colonoscopies are very important in the right context, but they are not a benign procedure.

    Let us know what you decide.

     
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    Old 08-13-2019, 05:11 AM   #5
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    Dear marip1,

    Have you tried using a stool softener as directed and drinking more water?
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    Old 08-13-2019, 01:15 PM   #6
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    I've only been constipated for 5 days. Most likely it's caused by the antacids I've been taking. He probably means you can be constipated everyday if your stools are hard and dry which mine are not. My stomach issues seem to have started after taking Doxcycline antibiotic for my bronchitis. I'll never take that antibiotic again. That's when my stomach issues started and that medicine caused my feet to swell. Feet swelling though went away. Now I'm scheduled for an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. I was due for a colonoscopy anyways.

     
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    Old 08-14-2019, 07:19 AM   #7
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    Re: constipation

    Hi marip,

    Antibiotics are great when needed, but yes they do also kill off the healthy and necessary good flora needed for proper digestion. That can be restored by taking probiotics and eating raw fruit and vegetables. It does take awhile to rebalance.

    Specialists do whatever their specialty is, as that is their business. A surgeon does surgeries. Is there a reason for you to believe you have colon cancer?

    I would definitely not have a colonoscopy just because I had a few days of constipation. Does constipation always that mean we need a colonoscopy or surgeon? Not at all. A good doctor always leans toward the benign solutions first. Like a change in diet, changing your eating habits, etc.

    Wiping out all of your normal digestive organisms just out of curiosity doesn't make sense. Why not first try taking probiotics to increase the healthy digestive organisms?

    Does your primary care doctor have a real reason to believe you actually are in danger of cancer? Is there a family history of it?

     
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    Old 08-16-2019, 09:06 AM   #8
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    Re: constipation

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    I've only been constipated for 5 days. Most likely it's caused by the antacids I've been taking.
    If you happen to have acid reflux (GERD), antacids are not the solution. Stomach acid is supposed to be strong in order to effectively break down the foods you eat, like meat etc.. Also, strong stomach acid is good at destroying any harmful bacteria that may inadvertently be consumed.

    If harmful bacteria makes it past your stomach and into your small intestine, that can cause trouble. Especially after taking antibiotics or getting a colonoscopy.

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    Old 08-16-2019, 08:14 PM   #9
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    Re: constipation

    He wanted me to have the colonoscopy because I was due to have one and I have a family history and he thought I was constipated. I had the colonoscopy done and endoscopy I have one polyp and he said I should take Miralax every day and eat a lot of fiber. Before I had the colonoscopy I was concerned I wasn't clear enough from the prep but evidently I was o.k. otherwise I think he would tell me to come back again. If a patient isn't clear enough and too much debris would he have stopped the procedure? The endoscopy showed inflammation in the stomach.

     
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    Old 08-17-2019, 12:12 PM   #10
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    Re: constipation

    Miralax has a number of possible side effects and doesn't do anything to get to the root cause of the problem. But that's what medical doctors do, they practice medicine. Most are not dieticians or nutritionists. So, generally they try to fix what's wrong by prescribing a drug.

    If their patient doesn't take the time to find out how to eat a healthy diet, the problem will persist and eventually there will likely be multiple problems being treated by multiple drugs, not to mention occasional invasive procedures.

    Here's the way it usually ends up: The average retired person (60 to 65) takes at least 1 or more drugs. By age 75 it increases to 3 or more drugs, and 5 or more is not uncommon.

     
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