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Re: colonoscopy/ Angie

Re: colonoscopy/ Angie

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Posted by Janet on September 29, 2000 at 22:08:38:

In Reply to: Re: colonoscopy/ Angie posted by Sheri on September 27, 2000 at 01:14:15:

: : : : : : : : : : I'm a 14 year old female. Lately I've been having problems with constipation. My dr says I need a colonscopy so I have one scheduled this week. I am SO nervous I don't even know anybody that has had this test I can talk to but I have read horror stories about it. Can some experienced person please tell me?

: : : : : : : : : I just had my colonoscopy last week and it was a piece of cake. They will knock you out before they even touch you and you'll wake up and will feel fine! I don't remember a thing about it. They'll put an IV in your arm (just a little stick, nothing major) It will be over in about 15 minutes. As soon as you wake up, you go home and sleep for the rest of the day.

: : : : : : : : : The day before when you drink the laxative, you might want to put a little vaseline on your anus. The most uncomfortable part of the whole thing is diarrhea. There wasn't any cramping at all. Your hiney will sting. Be sure and drink lots of water. If I had to do one again, I would do it in a heartbeat! Good luck and let us know how it goes!
: : : : : : : : : Angie E

: : : : : : : : Angie,i have had ALL other tests but the colon,my dr. says with my workup i don't need it,so did a 2nd opinion,i did have the sig.did you have a need to have it? symptoms? thanks,Krissy

: : : : : : : I refused the sig for a whole colonoscopy. Had to change dr.'s to do it too. My dr. was none to nice about me refusing the sig. I decided that if I was going to have to go through that, I wanted to whole thing looked at. And with a sig, you arn't sedated. I had a lower Gi and I would much rather give birth without pain relief again than go through something like that without being knocked out. A sig only sees the first 10 inches of the colon, not the whole thing. I was glad that I did it, because now I know they there is nothing that they missed. I had hell with the dr when I refused the treatment they recommended. They even refused to refer me to the dr I wanted in the first place. My primary care physician held my referrals hostage, so, I changed my primary care physican, and was able to go to the dr. I wanted and have the colonosocopy I wanted in the first place. Unless you are having major troubles that are unexplainable, I would think a sig would be enough. It just provides peace of mind to have the whole thing done (and sleep through it in the process!).
: : : : : : : Angie E

: : : : : : Hello Krissy and Angie! I too have to get a colonoscopy.....on Halloween, if you can believe it! I just wanted to thank Angie for writing her response, and to Krissy for making me see that I am not the only one who has the tendency to freak out a little (; Try not to worry Krissy, and thanks to Angie for the taking the time to make us feel a little easier about the whole procedure!

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: : : : : Hi! thanks for writing.Angie,so you did it for piece of mind? age? if you don't mind me asking? i am 35.My problems are C type,slow,and alot of trapped gas(they say) which causes my lower right and sometimes left to hurt.But nothing else(no alarm signals they call it)
: : : : : Sheri? why the colon?? thanks :o) Krissy

: : : : For several reasons: (1) I've had chronic diarrhea for 20 years and never knew why (I'm 35 now) It started getting worse (2) my mother had Crohn's disease and almost died from it (3) my brother in law died last year of colon cancer at the age of 53. My husband's whole family had colonoscopies. My husband's turned up 3 polyps, 2 which would have turned to cancer in about 5 - 10 years. My husband is 48. So, with all those factors, I decided it was time to do it. Come to find out, I have Celiac Disease which is a wheat, barley, rye intolerance. Wheat is in everything, including soy sauce, worcestershire sauce. Can't have anything with white vinegars (distilled grain). That includes picante sauce and pickles. Anyway, I started the gluten free diet about 8 weeks ago and it's changed my life. I rarely have diarrhea now. When I do, its ususally the ole' IBS (stress, emotions, etc) or wheat has somehow snuck into my diet.

: : : : If there is no blood, and you don't have a family history of something going wrong, a flexible sig may be all you need. Sounds like Harry needs to talk to you about fiber. Strangly enough, it helps both constipation and diarrhea! Good luck!
: : : : Angie E

: : : Hello again!

: : : I must say, that I have really enjoyed this site. For the past eight years, I have been told that this "problem" isn't really a problem, that it is all in my head, or that "simply doesn't happen to someone of your age". I am almost thirty now (yikes!), and for the past eight/nine years, I have had chronic diarhea, and a chronic gut ache that will not go away. My brother, sister, mother, and grandmother have the same symptoms, but not as severe (no one has been diagnosed with anything). Finally, a few months ago, a great doctor believed me that something was not right. (This problem is now affecting my work and social a lot of you, hard to go out and not be close to a bathroom, always feeling tired, sick, no energy, anemic, etc.). Anyways, the family doctor sent me to an allergist (surprise, surprise, I am not allergic to anything!!!!...may have an "intolerance" to food though), and she also sent me to a gastrenterologist. The gastro guy I think wants to rule out Crohn's and colon cancer, my family doctor thinks it might be celiac disease, whereas he thinks it might be Crohn's. I have to to do the colonoscopy to rule out the cancer and Crohn's. Can't really do the Celiac test because I have been on a gluten free diet for a month now (villi in small intestine would have had a chance to heal). Anyway, I just hope that I get some answers because I am so sick of feeling like crap (literally!!).

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: : When I went on the gluten free diet, my diarrhea stopped immediately and I had more energy than I knew what to do with. The colonoscopy will rule out Crohn's if you don't have it. I did a gluten test on myself, meaning this...I would go for several days without eating wheat anything...bread, breakfast cereal (the worst!). My diarrhea stopped and I wasn't constipated. I would wait a couple of days and eat a piece of bread and I instantly had a headache and sick feeling in my stomach. I'd never noticed the headache before. It would usually go away after 20 minutes. Then I noticed I would sneeze more, which my husbands says I do frequently, but I never noticed. When you are a certain way for so long, you don't notice things others do. Hope this helps! Good Luck!
: : Angie E

: Being on this gluten free diet, I have noticed that I have hardly had much diarhea, but I still have stomach pain. So, it is hard to know what really is the culprit. Gluten free is rather difficult....hard to find things without gluten. However, there is a store near my house that makes the best gluten free brownies, so I am happy about that!!!!!! Perhaps I will see what happens when I eat something non-gluten free (not tomorrow, I have to work!!) Thanks Angie!
: Sheri

I just want to add that I had my first colonoscopy
today and it really isn't that bad. I too, had a lot of fear about it after listening to other people's tales of their experiences. I can say that my experience was similar to Angie's, that once the IV was put in my hand and the drugs took effect, I don't remember a thing. I was out like a baby. I woke up in the recovery room and left after about 20 minutes after the procedure with very little discomfort or pain... And I now know with a great deal of relief that the small amount of blood I found in my stool last week was due to hemorhoids and not polyps or cancer. I feel reborn. Trust me when I say , it is better to go thru with this procedure and KNOW what is inside
you, then not. And to be honest, I was actually a little disappointed that I missed seeing the inside of my colon on that monitor that the Dr sees... Good luck to anyone that needs to have it done... Don't worry ! It's not so bad :)

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