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Old 11-18-2007, 07:11 PM   #1
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Do I Really Need a Colonoscopy?

I'm 41, female, no family history of colon cancer.

No real tummy trouble to speak of either, I'd say.

6 months ago, due to a med I was taking, I was very constipated. Developed hemmorhoids, and a fissure as a result. The fissure healed, but I developed a fistula over that area.

CRS said I need a fistulotomy (I'm fine with that part; whatever it takes to try & help stuff down there).

He said I may as well have a colonoscopy since I'll be "out"... I asked why he'd recommend that at my age; he said because of my reported change in bowel habits - but I had told him it was due to the meds.... Guess that didn't seem to register in his mind.

I am just against doing whatever a doctor says, no matter what.. you know?

Thanks for your opinions!

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Old 11-18-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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Re: Do I Really Need a Colonoscopy?

If you don't mind some manner of discomfort, a colonoscopy is not a bad thing to go through. I've had 3 and none of them was bad at all. The worst is the bowel prep, which requires you to drink many glasses of stuff that tastes like ocean water and to have very forceful watery bowel movements. After, boy are you clean! Which is not a bad thing at all. The test itself is not painful at all and is good for detecting any potential problems. I have had digestive issues since I was in my late teens and eventually developed diverticulosis. I am currently recovering from a bowel resection. If I had the colonoscopy sooner I might have been able to take some steps to improve my diet to avoid going through this surgery. Also I have no family history of any digestive issues, this has just been some kind of fluke. I am all for aggressive medical care, and preventive care is always better than treating a disease. You will have no recovery time at all from the colonoscopy and there is no pain. Hope this helps!

Old 11-19-2007, 08:02 AM   #3
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Re: Do I Really Need a Colonoscopy?

having a fistula is a bowel problem.If you all ready going to be sedated get one to be sure everything is ok..

Old 11-20-2007, 08:05 PM   #4
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Re: Do I Really Need a Colonoscopy?

Please DO IT!!! Good Luck!! I was eating a grand slam at Denney's about 1 1/2 hrs. after. Also, let me say that the day of the cleansing out th ecolon..I didn't eat much.. so I had NO bad experience with the prep.

Old 11-21-2007, 11:55 AM   #5
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Re: Do I Really Need a Colonoscopy?

Hi everyone, thanks. Guess I will go ahead & have it done. They are having me do a liquid diet the day of the colon cleansing - so hopefully it won't be TOO bad. I think I'll be sure to eat lightly the days prior to the surgery anyway, maybe that will make things easier.

I know the fistulotomy is the item that I will have to recover from, not the scope. I just didn't want to have a scope "for the heck of it", you know how some doctors just prescribe tests!!

Thanks again, and happy thanksgiving everyone.

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