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    Old 10-23-2018, 09:24 PM   #1
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    I will try to keep this short and sweet: i developed rectal bleeding 3 years ago but due to fears of the colonoscopy I didn't have it done. i had a colonoscopy 10 years prior which was normal. Fast forward to today: within the past week i have developed low abdominal cramping and pain when i have a BM. I need a laxative to have a BM (magnesium) - cannot go at all without it. I have an appointment with a rectal colon surgeon tomorrow and have scheduled a colonoscopy for Nov 19. I am afraid that the lower abd pain with a BM could be an indication of a tumor or obstruction in the rectum/anus. Has anybody
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    Old 10-24-2018, 03:30 AM   #2
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    Hi there. I just want to tell you not to put off the colonoscopy. I have had 12 of them in my 50 years....too many people in my family have died from colon cancer- none of them have been scoped! I go every 3 years now and have since my twenties. It is such an easy test.

    On a positive note, colon cancer is totally curable! As long as you have this test and they remove anything that might be causing your bleed- polpys, blockages, etc, it is 100% that you will be cured! Its good that you have the test coming up.

    Try not to worry, the worst case scenario is they find things to remove....you are being proactive at this time. Colon cancer is also extremely slow growing- so the three years that you waited really wont make that much of a difference. You are going to be fine. Come back and tell us how you are doing after the test.
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    Old 10-24-2018, 11:23 AM   #3
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    There are different kinds of colon cancer and not all are totally curable. Early screening is important, and any digestive issues should be investigated regardless. That's something that is lost to many.....for various reasons. The c-scope is no big deal, but I have Ulcerative Colitis....I'm happy for the screening .

    Your symptoms could be inflammatory bowel disease.....
    Please let us know how the initial appt goes with the anorectal doc.

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    Old 10-25-2018, 09:03 PM   #4
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    Thank you both for your response: i will come back and let you know what the result of the test is. I know i have to go through with it because i have to know what is going on.

     
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    Old 10-26-2018, 11:09 AM   #5
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    I agree with having to know what's going on. The fear doesn't change the reality....at least that's how I see it.
    Looking forward to your update.

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    Old 10-27-2018, 03:12 AM   #6
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

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    I agree with having to know what's going on. The fear doesn't change the reality....at least that's how I see it.
    Looking forward to your update.

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    In the last few days i can barely poop with a ton of magnesium that i take for constipation. I am sure I have something awful ( tumor)- nothing else i can think of could cause that kind of obstruction. i am going to call today to try and get that colonoscopy ASAP. I am so scared.

     
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    Old 10-27-2018, 10:06 AM   #7
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    I suggest you ask to see the specialist asap and request that he take a look with a rectal scope in the office if you can't have the c-scope rescheduled.

    In my experience, ulcerative colitis limited in the rectum will cause the symptoms you're having. Inflammation there will cause messages to the rest of the colon to hold back.

    I hope you can get in soon to get an initial possibility before you have the c-scope.

    Hang tough.....let us know.
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    Old 10-27-2018, 12:47 PM   #8
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    Dear filly,

    It's good to get a colonoscopy.

    However, in my case after I did have one, magnesium stopped working for me at least for now, which caused me a lot of pain. I even went to the emergency room. It turned out that a scan revealed that I had fecal impaction, maybe because the flora in my gut was gone from the fluid I had to drink before the coloscopy.

    So, instead of taking magnesium, I now regularly take Phillips Stool softener and eat plain yogurt to restore the healthy flora, and the fecal impaction is going away.

    I suggest that you try those things, and avoid harsh laxatives which can exacerbate or hide the real problem. I would try this and avoiding constipating foods for awhile before worrying about possible cancer.

    Of course, also get the colonoscopy.
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    Old 12-04-2018, 05:52 AM   #9
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    just thought i would update those who so kindly replied to my initial post. I still have not had the colonoscopy for various reasons. it is scheduled for 12/17/18. My symptoms are getting worse. Despite taking a large amount of magnesium citrate which has always worked well, i find that now the poop gets stuck in my rectum and takes a long time to finally come out; it simply does not want to come out and it is scaring me. I have figured it is one of two things: a tumor or because i have taken magnesium for 25 years with watery diarrhea as a result, the muscles have become weak and aren't working very well. Anyway, i remain scared of the procedure but i know i have to have it. thanks for listening. I appreciate it.

     
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    Old 12-04-2018, 07:59 AM   #10
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    Dear filly,

    Hon, fear itself can cause or exacerbate constipation. I want to report that my constipation has slowly stopped. My body responded to changes in diet that I made.

    It is imperative for your mental and physical health that you stay in control of your thinking. The digestive issue really could be caused by a number of benign things, including what is on your mind (fear) and the type of foods that you eat. Of course you have concerns, but don't balloon them up into a death sentence. Constipation is one of the most common imbalances there are and can be caused by fear itself.

    The colonoscopy itself very well may exacerbate the symptoms because of the flora imbalance that gets created. So you really do need to be proactive and change your method of dealing with constipation and way of eating in order to help your digestive system. The sooner that you start the better.

    I suggest that you also make an exhaustive list of what you eat and when, a food diary, and an appt with a Naturopath for after the endoscopy, as Naturopaths have completed extensive studies about how to balance the gut and digestive system. Consult Yelp online and/or check with food supplement store personnel to see what people say about the local naturopath doctors to find a good one.

    The procedure itself is super easy.
    First get the colonoscopy over with. Then let us know what was found. You have a great support group here. You aren't alone.

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    Old 12-04-2018, 08:10 AM   #11
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

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    Dear filly,

    Hon, fear itself can cause or exacerbate constipation. I want to report that my constipation has slowly stopped. My body responded to changes in diet that I made.

    It is imperative for your mental and physical health that you stay in control of your thinking. The digestive issue really could be caused by a number of benign things, including what is on your mind (fear) and the type of foods that you eat. Of course you have concerns, but don't balloon them up into a death sentence. Constipation is one of the most common imbalances there are and can be caused by fear itself.

    The colonoscopy itself very well may exacerbate the symptoms because of the flora imbalance that gets created. So you really do need to be proactive and change your method of dealing with constipation and way of eating in order to help your digestive system. The sooner that you start the better.

    I suggest that you also make an exhaustive list of what you eat and when, a food diary, and an appt with a Naturopath for after the endoscopy, as Naturopaths have completed extensive studies about how to balance the gut and digestive system. Consult Yelp online and/or check with food supplement store personnel to see what people say about the local naturopath doctors to find a good one.

    The procedure itself is super easy.
    First get the colonoscopy over with. Then let us know what was found. You have a great support group here. You aren't alone.

    Hugs,
    you are very kind- thank you for your concern-- i tried to get the colonoscopy pushed up one week earlier but the doctor could not do it any sooner.

     
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    Old 12-04-2018, 08:49 AM   #12
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    NO worries about that, hon. You are OK, filly.
    The more uptight we are the harder it is for the body to process food. You must make yourself relax.

    While you wait, I suggest that you chew food very well, and that you avoid any raw fruit or vegetables for now, and only eat very well cooked, dark colored, high fibrous fruits and vegetables, and make sure drink plenty of water in between meals.

    Generally, the darker the food color, the higher the fiber content. Bran flakes can be added to just about any food or eaten as a cold cereal with milk and cut up prunes. Soak prunes overnight in a little water to soften them.

    Make sure to chew food VERY well to make it more digestible. Eat applesauce, mangoes, strawberries, raspberries, and all sorts of cooked vegetables, squash, carrots, celery, chard, yams, broccoli, etc are all high in fiber, and make sure the fruits and vegetables are cooked to soften the fiber. You will need to eat that way after the colonoscopy as well for awhile while the gut gets settled down and rebalanced. In fact we need to always make sure to include plenty of healthy fiber and plenty of water in our diet.

    Check with your doctor. You should be given a prescription for a cleansing drink that you have to take before the colonoscopy. Read the instructions so you can do exactly what it says, when it says.

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    Old 12-17-2018, 02:41 AM   #13
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    NO worries about that, hon. You are OK, filly.
    The more uptight we are the harder it is for the body to process food. You must make yourself relax.

    While you wait, I suggest that you chew food very well, and that you avoid any raw fruit or vegetables for now, and only eat very well cooked, dark colored, high fibrous fruits and vegetables, and make sure drink plenty of water in between meals.

    Generally, the darker the food color, the higher the fiber content. Bran flakes can be added to just about any food or eaten as a cold cereal with milk and cut up prunes. Soak prunes overnight in a little water to soften them.

    Make sure to chew food VERY well to make it more digestible. Eat applesauce, mangoes, strawberries, raspberries, and all sorts of cooked vegetables, squash, carrots, celery, chard, yams, broccoli, etc are all high in fiber, and make sure the fruits and vegetables are cooked to soften the fiber. You will need to eat that way after the colonoscopy as well for awhile while the gut gets settled down and rebalanced. In fact we need to always make sure to include plenty of healthy fiber and plenty of water in our diet.

    Check with your doctor. You should be given a prescription for a cleansing drink that you have to take before the colonoscopy. Read the instructions so you can do exactly what it says, when it says.

    Love,
    well it is 4:30 in the morning and i took my Golytely this morning- will have a colonoscopy today-- i couldn't drink the entire 16 cups of that awful stuff but i drank enough to get clear of poop----- 1/2 yesterday and the rest this morning. I admit to being terrified i could have cancer- i hate even writing the word. thank you for your encouragement. I will let you know the results.

     
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    Old 12-17-2018, 07:37 PM   #14
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    Re: Afraid i might have colon cancer

    I had my colonoscopy today-- the result was a 15mm. pedunculated polyp at the rectal sigmoid junction. I await the path report to see if is benign or malignant. Crossing fingers it is benign. I am so glad to finally get this over with. it has been 3 1/2 year since i first developed rectal bleeding. so foolish to wait so long to have th test.

     
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    Old 12-18-2018, 07:12 PM   #15
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    Hi there. the good news is that it was a pedunculated polyp. If it wasn't it could have been missed as the other types are flat...

    You should have answers very shortly as it usually only takes a day or two to get these biopsied. You will get a call as soon as they know I am sure.

    Please come back and let us know the results. In the meantime, now that you were able to get all of that out of you from the prep, do you feel better physically? I always do the day after my colonoscopy.
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