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Author Topic: That Procedure A Man Needs after the Age of 40  (Read 3110 times)

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Re: That Procedure A Man Needs after the Age of 40
« Reply #40 on: April 18, 2022, 02:07:29 PM »
 Well it's my turn for the great clean out ;D. Tue night and Wed off to the clinic to see what they can see, hope with now getting tumors they find nothing.
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Re: That Procedure A Man Needs after the Age of 40
« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2022, 09:03:15 AM »
I have to start the prep on Wednesday afternoon at 2.  Dulcolax, Miralax, and then magnesium citrate the next morning.  Its a fun time.  You know what I'm talking about if you're doing what you should at your age, assuming you've reached that age.  My wife is bringing home all those presents when she gets home from work today.  Plus she's bringing me my diet for Wednesday, jello, juice and broth.  I can't believe its been 5 years.  I remember the last time so vividly.
There are better prep procedures than that in my opinion.  Then also better after colposcopy meals.  See if you doc can get you
 https://www.clenpiq.com/hcp/#:~:text=Take%20the%20first%20dose%20(1,5%20hours%20and%20before%20bed
Its better than straight mag citrate.  
Drink lots, lots during the day, all the clear stuff you can get.  
I find that it helps to significantly reduce physical activity the day of the prep (I am very skinny).  Helps me recover faster as I lose less weight.  It also helps to rachet down the food consumption so that there are no fiberours foods the days before.  Go to junk food and avoid meats and fruits and veggies for a couple of days.
I find it best to have the procedure first thing in the morning, it just means the day before strategy is simple and you spend less overall time fasting and fits into the daily routine and sleep schedule.
After the procedure I like to do a lot of probiotics, Kiefer , active yogurts, things like that.  Your gut is all funny because during the procedure you've not only been flushed out but they inflate the colon with CO2 to enable the camera to look at everything.  So, that stretching and balloning of the colon takes a bit of time to get over and for the colon to function properly.  
IT WORKS.  If you get the colonoscopy you will almost have no chance of colon cancer, they will catch it.  Two days of discomfort every 5 years is not a big deal.   Sure fire way to keep that cancer at bay.  Much harder to keep the other cancers at bay (skin, etc).  Some of us need one more often.  
I have a genetic defect which requires I have an endoscopy and colonoscopy every year.  So I'm on my 12, soon to be 13th.  Without this I'd be dead.  As it is even I might live to be 80.  With my genetic defect colon cancers are so aggressive that waiting for 5 years would be too late.  For most people though they grow slowly and any problem areas are removed during the colonoscopy and biopsies are done.  if you have a history of colon cancer discuss getting tested for Lynch Syndrome with your gastroenterologist.  Painless swab that could save your life, not expensive either.  

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Re: That Procedure A Man Needs after the Age of 40
« Reply #42 on: April 20, 2022, 10:10:42 AM »
In 2019 I got a "bad result" from a home stool test for occult blood in my stool. I was 77 back then and well past the age for regular procedures. I had been previously diagnosed as having a acid reflux with a hiatal hernia so my gastro doc went in both directions.
What he found was zero wrong on either end! It was a clean bill of health on both ends! I'll never trust that home stool test again! Neither do i have the hernia thing, but I do have acid reflux still yet but controlled. 
Just sharing some thought that I was proactive but got no negative results in doing so.
 I ask the question if I took a risk that was worth if overall? Doc said yes.  
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« Reply #43 on: April 20, 2022, 05:06:49 PM »
I don't believe I ever reportied that my biopsy was negative, so yearly check up with gastro and another scope in 5 years.  I do have a minor hiatal hernia and something called an inlet patch in my esophagus.  The figure I've had that since birth.  It's essentially a little area in my esophagus that makes stomach acid.  I take protonix every morning, which is a proton pump inhibitor like nexium, prilosec and others.  This one is just prescription and I guess a little stronger.  They want me to take it every day forever I guess.  It's to hopefully keep me from getting Barrett's esophagus, which can lead to cancer.  Next month I get my physical which includes a cancer screening.  They will do the fecal occult test.  Fun.  Last year they found cancer in one of our guys and he had part of his liver removed.  It was the first year we added that screening.  Glad we did, or he may never have found it until it was too late.  
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« Reply #44 on: April 22, 2022, 05:34:08 PM »
My acid reflux "fix" is one 10mg omeprazole each a.m. which is 1/2 dose of the OTC version. Keeps me OK. The incorrect diagnosis of my hiatal hernia that was wrong-it was via an local x-ray, not a scope job or another throat look/see like endoscopic or CD scan. 
Not sure I'll ever have faith in those take home poop test again. 
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Re: That Procedure A Man Needs after the Age of 40
« Reply #45 on: April 24, 2022, 09:57:09 AM »
 I made it thru the awful drink they sent me and got real lucky that they didn't find any polups or bad things they did mention that there was some pockets but I'm going to have to ask my VA Doc what that means.

 I have been on the 10 mg omeprazole also been eating them for 15yrs or so.

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Re: That Procedure A Man Needs after the Age of 40
« Reply #46 on: May 24, 2022, 05:31:50 PM »
Pockets are diverticulosis, think of a moon crater in your intestine. Seeds, corn, nuts, stuff like that can get stuck in there, cause discomfort and possible infection. The discomfort... think holding the world and trying not to pass out from the rocking going on in your gut is called diverticulitis. I have severe pockets but they don't often cause problems. I've got fresh pics if you are curious. He cut out 8 polyps yesterday, and I think sucker punched me for good measure, it was a slow day today. Needless to say my first email was to my sisters, don't skip that appointment.
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Re: That Procedure A Man Needs after the Age of 40
« Reply #47 on: May 25, 2022, 08:41:26 AM »
 Thanks for the info Don. I'm glad you went and had the procedure, even if it was bad as mine for drinking that awful mixture. Sounds like they saved you from some problems down the road. Have a great day.
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