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Re: Daughter is scheduled for colonocscopy; I need information

Re: Daughter is scheduled for colonocscopy; I need information

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Posted by twa on September 14, 2000 at 14:07:32:

In Reply to: Daughter is scheduled for colonocscopy; I need information posted by Lesley on September 14, 2000 at 12:15:44:

: My 26-year-old daughter, for the past six months, has had constipation in the morning and diarrhea in the evening, also with bleeding. She says she constantly feels like she has to go to the bathroom all of the time (lower abdominal pain). She is scheduled for a colonocscopy this Tuesday, and the doctor told her that it would be very improbable that it turned up anything due to her age, plus both my husband and I have had many of her symptoms. Does this sound like IBS and does anyone have any information to reassure a worried mother? Thanks for your help.

Hi Leslie. The problem with IBS and diagnosis is that there really isn't a good way to diagnose it. It's called a diagnosis of exclusion. In other words, they have to rule out all of the other stuff first. When it doesn't fit anything else...it's IBS. Which also means that there are many different symptoms and it seems that no two people have exactly the same ones. We're all sitll basically in the same boat.

My experience with a colonoscopy was very good. I was stressed because of what I was afraid they would find. The physical aspects, however, are not a real problem. The worst part of it is the prep. the night before. They tell you that it's best if the drink is cold. I found that if I start it cold then leave it at room temp it's not so bad. I was freezing with a big blanket around me and big thick socks and a sweatshirt. Then I left the stuff at room temp and felt better. I did spend most of the evening in the bathroom, but that's nothing new and it did not have the abdominal pain to go with it like I usually have.

I also made the mistake of drinking my normal diet pop the day before. I had a few low glucose times. The regular sugared drink would probably be better.

The test itself...I was given a drug to cause "twilight sleep". You basically are awake and responsive. You just don't know it. I remember nothing between the drug in my IV and waking up in recovery.

It can take a while to get some of the results back, but they can usually tell if something major is going on right then before you even leave.

All in all, I was very pleased to know that 1)it was over and I didn't have to do it again for a while, and 2)I knew that I didn't have cancer or anything else that would really rain on my parade.

I hope this helps to lower your stress and hers too. Good luck and Good health.......twa


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