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Thread: colonoscopies - agree or disagree and opinions on the prep

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    I hope this is okay to post here.

    After all I have read I'm still not convinced this is beneficial. The procedure can cause complications and the prep can be harmful to kidneys and cause major dehydration. Since they recommend every 10 years what happens in between?

    I'm interested in your opinions, comments, and factual info you may have. I do have one scheduled but am debating on keeping the appt.

    Also, am I the only one that disagrees with this? Do we need to have every test they recommend?

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    I disagree with having colonoscopies--unless there is a reason, and Doc is trying to find the problem. I don't believe in random tests.

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    The only way any of us are going to make it out of this world alive is to be ready when the Lord comes again. If He doesn't come in our lifetime then we ARE going to die. Why worry about it? No, I don't do the random, "just because" testing.

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    I had one two years ago. I had no complications with the prep or with the test.
    The prep taste etc is worse then the actual test.
    Whether to have one or not is up to you, but I think it is a good idea for if they do find anything they can catch it early.
    If there is any family history of colon issues I would definitely have it done.

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    My doctor recommended one. I told him not happening. There is no history of colon problems in my family and I have no pain or issues that would indicate a problem. He said at my age (60), I should have one. I still said no. My sil has one regularly, as she does have issues that need monitoring.

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    My doc is trying to send me for one of these!! :shock: My neighbor is a GI so I called him. Read Dave Barry's colonscopy blog and LMAO!! Still haven't set-up an appt though.

    Just not a good thought!! :lol: :lol:

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    I had one when I was havingsome issues. My galbladder was bad, but they sent me through all these tests....the TEST itself wasnt bad, the prep was horrid! NEVER AGAIN, lol!

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    I don't believe a colonoscopy is a random test. Many people could have problems without being aware of it and only been discovered when the test is done. Do you have a mammogram every year? A pap smear? I know these test are a lot less invasive, but only when someone is diagnosed with colon cancer do they wish they had the test done before it was too late. Is done every 5 or 10 years because many colon cancers grow slowly. If you search around the internet you will find tons of information and opinions on why not to do it, but even much more on why is it beneficial to you. It could save your life.

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    I have to disagree and very strongly. My husband has just died from Colon Cancer. This is an extremely slow growing type of cancer. It can be picked up before its too late. The symptoms come very near the end when time is of the essence and sometimes it is just not picked up as its very like IBS. Let me just say many people die from this cancer because they donīt get tested. I know the test ts not pleasant but believe me the alternative is horrendous, take the test please. Colon cancer can take 15 years to develop and starts of with polyps which my or may not become cancerous. Now I will let you all think on that one.

    Elle

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    I had one at so the doctor could get a baseline. I think it's a good idea. My little trick for avoiding that huge bottle of prep was to eat very little the day before the prep.
    I cleaned out much faster :D I wouldn't worry about dehydration. As for what to do in 10 years?? I tend to think I won't worry about it unless I have any weird symptoms.If something runs in your family I think tests are the prudent way to go. I also think that we can over-test but it's not always the doc's fault. Malpractice suits have changed everything. Bottom line- it's up to you. Having said this I believe we must be responsible for our bodies and not rely on fate.
    Glad you brought up this topic. Good luck!
    Hugs, Sue RN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    I have to disagree and very strongly. My husband has just died from Colon Cancer. This is an extremely slow growing type of cancer. It can be picked up before its too late. The symptoms come very near the end when time is of the essence and sometimes it is just not picked up as its very like IBS. Let me just say many people die from this cancer because they donīt get tested. I know the test ts not pleasant but believe me the alternative is horrendous, take the test please. Colon cancer can take 15 years to develop and starts of with polyps which my or may not become cancerous. Now I will let you all think on that one.

    Elle
    Sorry to hear about your husband.

    I agree! I've had 2 and they found polyps both times. I wouldn't be here if I had not done it and as far as I know there is not a family history of colon problems. Its your life. :wink:

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    Cancer can be genetic, not always, but in my my husbands case he had 5 brothers and three sisters. Mum breast cancer & Dad lung cancer, 2 sisters, 1 ovarian 1 breast cancer, one brother throat cancer still alive, 1 brother has just been given the all clear for the time being from pancreatic cancer. Try tellimg me its not genetic.
    I canīt say this strongly enough but colon cancer is one of the biggest killers there is, there are no signs till its too late and if I can save just one person by saying go for your test then I feel Colin wonīt have died in vain

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    ELLE - sorry to hear about your husband's cancer. You're doing right in telling people about it.

    MARIDE - I agree with you on the tests you mentioned and wondered ...
    Do people Go To The Dentist? or do they just let a cavity grow and grow until the tooth falls out.
    Do they go to the doctor and have their blood pressure checked and Take medicine for it...or do they wait for a heart attack to happen before taking action.

    Guess decisions will have to be made and the individual will have to live with it (or not). Good luck - But I went for the test once and will go every 3 years based on the findings.

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    A colonoscopy saved me from having full blown colon cancer. Some polyps were removed that tested positive.....I am so thankful I had mine done!! I have had skin cancer removed and live with an incurable form of leukemia (8 years now); so always willing to have any test done that need be. This week, I just had my 3rd. ultrasound to watch a spot they found last year in my gall bladder. So far it isn't growing....Amen!!! They do know it is not a stone.

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    I had one a few years ago and the prep was horrible. I was so dehydrated that I got a bad Migraine and dry heaves, had to call Dr. if I could take my meds for Migraine because their was no way I was doing this again anytime soon. I didn't care if they had to roll me in on a stretcher it was getting done. First thing I said was when I got there was knock me out I can't stand the migraine anymore. I could have cared less what else they were going to do to me. Every thing was fine. But I would do it again, they are necessary, everyone should get one. Its a slow growing cancer, but the time you notice problems it is usually to late. Everyone get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Cancer can be genetic, not always, but in my my husbands case he had 5 brothers and three sisters. Mum breast cancer & Dad lung cancer, 2 sisters, 1 ovarian 1 breast cancer, one brother throat cancer still alive, 1 brother has just been given the all clear for the time being from pancreatic cancer. Try tellimg me its not genetic.
    I canīt say this strongly enough but colon cancer is one of the biggest killers there is, there are no signs till its too late and if I can save just one person by saying go for your test then I feel Colin wonīt have died in vain
    Elle, I am so sorry you lost your dear husband :( In the states Katie Couric has become very active with awareness d/t losing her husband so young.

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    Thanks all of your you have agreed with my very strong comments, I thought I might have been too strong.

    Keep going for the tests all those who still do, I wholehearted agree they are not nice, but very necessary.

    Good luck everyone, donīt contemplate just do it

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    Haven't done, know I need too, can't stand the thought of drinking the prep! Last time I had to drinkl stuff for an ultrasound, I puked all over the waiting room floor. First half went down fine, ( this was the chalky stuff) next 1/4 I started gagging, last 1/4 oooopps! But, back to prep for colon., our pharmicist told my hubby, put it in the freezer, get it to the point of having ice crystals, and drink it as fast and steady as you can. He said the colder it is, the easier it is to get down.

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    I had my first one. As a diabetic I was scared of the liquit diet before the test. But it was not as bad as I thought, I did not have a problem with low sugar. The test was absolutely painless, I was out of it an don't remember any of it. There is cancer colon on one side of my family, so instead of every 10 years, I have to go every 5. And I will go. I do not want colon cancer to gain a foothold in my body. I think you should do it, just for peace of mind. It's really not that bad.

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    Colonoscopies are good and can save lives. It's really no big deal, just gotta plan a bit.

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    Elle - I am sorry to hear about your husband.

    Thanks to all for posting. I do have a yearly mamo, sometimes more, and have also had more than annual paps. I go to the dr annually and am (knock wood) rarely ill and am trying to eat healthier.

    I think I'm just scared. In my weird way I feel prolonging it will somehow keep me young; this is the 50's test! If I don't have it and something is wrong I will regret it.

    Some days I just don't understand how 52 got here so quickly.

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    It's a lot easier now. My last one I had to take Miralax, which is essentially tasteless, in a fluid. If you have problems with the taste, mix it in low-sugar white grape juice. Afterwards, eat sugar-free jello (as long as it's the right color). If you drink all the fluid you are prescribed, you shouldn't have a problem with dehydration. If your doctor prescribes it, don't put it off. I read the report about dropping mammograms to every two years if there's no history in your family. That's what I decided to do then in the came the yearly reminder about a mammogram. So I went, and discovered that I had Stage 1 breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and radiation in Sept 2008. So far, so good but I wonder where I would be if I had put the mammogram off for another year.

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    I think there must be different diets and fluids given in the states. Colin had to have a diet of really bland stuff like broth and grilled chicken, rice, I did it with him and it wasnīt that bad. The drink he had to take consisted of two bottles of fluid both tasteless, but just donīt go out as you need to be near the toilet.

    Go for it Butterfli, we will all be holding your hand, you will be so glad to know you are healthy and better for it.

    Elle

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    I avoided a colonoscopy for a number of years. It just scared me. My doctor really pushed for it this year. I have IBS and was having symptoms that could have been either IBS or colon cancer. I had to test. The prep wasn't fun, but the test was nothing. And thank goodness they found nothing. It set my mind at rest. The funny side of this is the DR that did my test sees me quite often at the hospital (I work there delivering food to patients) and almost never speaks to me. (DD who works with him says he is very shy ) After doing my test he talks to me every time he sees me. Gee....get naked and let this guy see your butt and he is your best friend. Tee hee. Just joking. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I avoided a colonoscopy for a number of years. It just scared me. My doctor really pushed for it this year. I have IBS and was having symptoms that could have been either IBS or colon cancer. I had to test. The prep wasn't fun, but the test was nothing. And thank goodness they found nothing. It set my mind at rest. The funny side of this is the DR that did my test sees me quite often at the hospital (I work there delivering food to patients) and almost never speaks to me. (DD who works with him says he is very shy ) After doing my test he talks to me every time he sees me. Gee....get naked and let this guy see your butt and he is your best friend. Tee hee. Just joking. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    So cute!!! The test really isn't bad at all though and I'm a big baby! You know- nurses make the worst patients?That's ME :D:D

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