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« on: July 24, 2012, 02:15:32 PM »
OK, that is a bad word and makes you think of bad things.  The prep is often joked about, I guess because it is better to laugh than to cry.  It certainly is better to laugh at someone else's misery.

I am talking about it because avoiding this misery and failure to have this procedure can have grave consequences.  Polyps can and do develop into colon cancer, which when not detected soon enough can often be fatal.

I have had polyps removed in the past but since no polyps were detected during my last procedure, I had been excused for 5 years.  Well, last week I had several and one was quite large.  They were removed and sent off for testing.  I was uneasy all week waiting for the test results.  Finally, yesterday I got the "all clear" call from the Doctor.  I can only skip one year before my next "misery".

Folks, follow your Doctor's orders and do not avoid having this lifesaving procedure.
 

 
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 02:51:47 PM »
Had my first and only one about 5 years ago;  in the doctor's words, "You're clean as a whistle."  Ain't gotta go back for 5 more years.  Prep consisted of a LARGE handful of pills and a much-smaller-than-a gallon amount of liquid;  swmbo'd had to do the gallon thing and I think the pills are easier to handle. 
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Re: Colonscopy
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 02:52:59 PM »
After my dr noticed in my records about 5 yrs ago, I had never had one, she said: YOU ARE GOING NEXT WEEK!!! Glad I did, had cancerous polyps. After 6" incision and 60% (13', I think) of colon removed, cancer gone. Further tests indicated no need for chemo or radiation. No bag required. I had colonscopy at 6 month intervals for 2 years, then 1 yr interval for 2 yrs, now I am on 2 year interval. Frequent procedures does not make the prep any easier. If your dr says you need one, GIT-ER-DONE, it might save your life.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 03:08:13 PM »
At what age should you have your first one?

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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 03:26:00 PM »
I've promised my wife at 40, not looking forward to it but in the last year and a half I watched to close friends die of colon cancer, one hadn't been to the Dr. since he was in service in Vietnam.  We spent a quite a few evenings with him up to his death, not the way I want to go.  Both guys were mid 60's.

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Re: Colonscopy
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 03:55:53 PM »
After my dr noticed in my records about 5 yrs ago, I had never had one, she said: YOU ARE GOING NEXT WEEK!!! Glad I did, had cancerous polyps. After 6" incision and 60% (13', I think) of colon removed, cancer gone. Further tests indicated no need for chemo or radiation. No bag required. I had colonscopy at 6 month intervals for 2 years, then 1 yr interval for 2 yrs, now I am on 2 year interval. Frequent procedures does not make the prep any easier. If your dr says you need one, GIT-ER-DONE, it might save your life.

This was me except I had a 14" incision and had to get the bag, treatments  and went through everything related to all that. Not good not good at all. Never gave any of this colonscopy crap a thought until in 98 my Doc said let's do a scope.  I remember waking up from the scope and everyone looking at me weird. Doc said Bill you need a operation PDQ as you have a grapefruit sized mass on one of the major blood supply's to your colon and it doesn't look good. 2 weeks later I woke up from a 5 hour procedure [the first of 2 operations]  half my colon gone and tubes running into or out of every port on my body, cut from groin to rib cage. Trust me Guys it was a ugly year you do not want to go down that road!
They say get scoped at 50 but if your family has a history like mine does get it done younger.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012, 04:44:13 PM »
No history in my family like Bill. I think lots of my friends go for first at 50-55. Some I have talked to are on 5 year interval, with good reports. I had no symptoms, no pain, no problems that indicated that the cancer was there. I get a VA checkup with blood work every 6 months. No indication from these tests. The prep is a pain, but the other possibilites are much worse. When I woke from the scope the doctor said, the surgeon is on the way to talk to you, I knew is was not good.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 04:48:15 PM »
Warbird. 40 is the start time around here. I have had 2 with the next coming up at 60.

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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 05:00:21 PM »
Remember there are NO symptoms or pain leading up to colon cancer until it's too late. It's a silent killer. Too many find out too late for help. I've watched a couple guys go through it and believe me it is a awful way to die.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012, 05:05:17 PM »
 Think on the bright side, a good hospital will send you home with cd or dvd that  you can play at house parties to run the guests off.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2012, 09:27:28 PM »
I am having one done......tomorrow :)
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2012, 09:35:12 PM »
Then your insides are squeaky clean tonight.   :D
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2012, 10:02:35 PM »
how long did it take you to type that message, Danny?  :-)
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2012, 10:08:49 PM »
Magicman,You had it rough with a gallon jug. Must be all the grits you eat. Us Yankees just get about 16 ozs to clean the ..... out of us. I guess we are not so full of it.  :D  The Dr went both ends with me and met in the middle.  :D
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2012, 10:47:14 PM »
Actually, I could only drink about 2/3 of that jug before I got nauseated and had to stop.  It did not matter because that is some powerful stuff for sure.   :o
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2012, 11:12:43 PM »
You should ask them why they are not prescribing the new stuff.  The last one I had, last year, it's only about 16 0unces you have to drink. About 10 years before I had to drink the gallon, and it was a horrible experience, so I was dreading this last time. Nothing to it. You get pills starting the evening before the day before, then the day before you dont eat other than clear liquids, then drink the 16 ounces. Minimal time in the bathroom as well.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2012, 11:18:30 PM »
The procedure is miserable to say the least but colon cancer is a whole lot worse. My brother in law had surgery and is now undergoing chemo, fortunately it was caught early and the doctor expects a full recovery.
He is a stubborn cuss, refused to go to a doctor until the mill forced him due to insurance coverage. He is 59, won`t be going back to work.
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« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2012, 11:59:29 PM »
I've had 7 of them so far and coming due for another one. One of my brother-in-laws died at age 40 from colon cancer.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2012, 06:31:49 AM »
Start at age 50, if there's no family history.  Every 8-10 years after that if clear from polyps, more often if not.  I agree with Jeff on the prep.  Drinking that gallon of stuff is old school, IMO.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2012, 06:40:35 AM »
There are the pills of course, but I had to mix 238 grams of a powdery stuff in 64 ounces of propel, so that was 1/2 gallon.  Not as bad as before, but still a challenge.

MM,

Yes, I have been in the throes of preparation :).  Scheduled in at 07:30 this morning.

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