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post #16 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-15-2016, 08:47 PM
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I get at least one every day at work.

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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

OP, just do it! You are alread 5 years overdue. I recently drove a friend who is a Dr. to theirs, they said the drugs they give you are great. Even the prep that everyone complains about is easier than it used to be. I lost two friends to cancer this year already, get the screening.
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I get at least one every day at work.
Who performs it on ya?

Good things come to those who wait...greater things come to those who get off their a$$ and do anything to make it happen.
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

It is not a big deal, I'm not sure why everyone gets so stressed about it. Look at it this way, there's a chance it can save your life, just like a seat belt or a bicycle helmet. Why wouldn't you do it? Seems like a silly thing to die over.
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Yes you do. Bowel cancer is curable if caught early. My dad would not be with us now if he hadn't had it. He didn't want it either. I made my husband who is in your age group have it too. I know it's awful as I have had it done several times being in a high risk group.

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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

Stop looking for excuses. It is common knowledge that at age 50 this should be done.

So you drink some lousy tasting stuff and you are stuck in the bathroom for a few hours.

Sure beats chemo.

So stop playing Russan Roulette with your health. Call the Gastroentologist ( yup that's who does it)
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I had one at 50, yea, the prep sucks but not worse than bad ethnic food resulting in heavy duty Montezuma's Revenge...

I'll have another in the next 12 months. My brother was not told to have them despite very high-risk due to Crohns disease. He passed on due to colon cancer in his 50's, a tribute to non US style medicine...
The OP might lose a few lbs during the process, as I know a friend that did. He described it as feeling totally cleaned out and kept to clean eating after.

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better safe than sorry.

People survived concentration camps, earthquakes,tornados,war, etc,etc. Now no matter whar your going through its survivable!
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just had one not too long ago. easy peasy.

get some reading material because you do spend some time in the bathroom.

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Get it done.
Early detection is key with this type of cancer and everyone should have it done at 50.
You mentioned enlarged prostate...there are medications you can take to help the constant trips to the bathroom to help the voiding problem.



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post #26 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-17-2016, 02:32 PM
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

I need to get one done too. A friend of mine had one recently. Before her appointment she googled "how to prepare for a colonoscopy" and said she found really helpful suggestions on how to prepare for a colonoscopy - such as she mixed a clear drink mix like crystal light in the cleanser drink and she said it made it much easier to drink. She said that overall, it wasn't a bad experience.
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

I'm very close to your age and I'm on thyroid medication. Every so ofter the doctor makes me come in for an office visit just so I can continue to get refills. These visits seem to be fishing expeditions for the doctor to get me to do blood tests, physicals, colonoscopies and other unnecessary things so he can charge the insurance company more money. He did let me have an option of either doing a stool test or a colonoscopy. I definitely opted for the stool test. I don't have all day to mess around with a colonoscopy if I don't need one. I would ask your doctor if you can do the stool test instead. It's worth a try.

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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

The colonoscopy has nothing to do with your prostate. The purpose is to screen for colon cancer, or polyps that form and eventually turn into cancer.

As others have said, the prep is the uncomfortable part. The procedure itself is easy.

The incidence of colon cancer is high enough that getting a colonoscopy to screen for it is considered safer than the chance you'll get an undiagnosed cancer. Colon cancer is one of those that you don't know you have until it's progressed to a stage that is very difficult to treat.
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Colorectal cancer is very treatable if caught early. Get the colonscopy. It will cost you half a day and several hours on the toilet for prep. It is worth it.
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

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I'm very close to your age and I'm on thyroid medication. Every so ofter the doctor makes me come in for an office visit just so I can continue to get refills. These visits seem to be fishing expeditions for the doctor to get me to do blood tests, physicals, colonoscopies and other unnecessary things so he can charge the insurance company more money.
This is ridiculous.

Speaking as a physician, I am not going to keep refilling your thyroid medication years on end without getting bloodwork at least once a year to make sure nothing has changed. Because those things change frequently!

As for the colonoscopy, it is a guideline recommendation for all physicians to recommend this test at age 50 years. That is because endless studies have been done to validate that this is the point in time that makes the most sense (clinically, economically, etc) for the patient to have that test. Colon cancer is largely asymptomatic until it is at late stages of disease. The test is worth the risk.

It has nothing to do with "billing insurance". Even if I had a private practice, I would not get additional insurance money for referring patients to get a colonoscopy when they turn 50.
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