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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

Well this thread reminded me that I am due for mine.

A little tidbit: one of the more common sedation drugs used is propofol, the same drug that killed Michael Jackson

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Well this thread reminded me that I am due for mine.

A little tidbit: one of the more common sedation drugs used is propofol, the same drug that killed Michael Jackson
I had mine 6 years ago. The above medicine was dreamyyyyyyyy. Also the Olympus endoscope, holy smokes that was high definition to end all high definitions...

Nothing found, proof that bourbon and vodka kill all polyps 😂😂
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I just had my 55 y/o checkup and besides a slightly enlarged prostate, I'm in good health. I could stand to loose 20 pounds and I'm getting up twice a night to p!ss but my doctor said I'm in good health.

Then he said I should get a colonoscopy. I've been googling around and I don't see what a colonoscopy has to with getting up twice a night to take a piss. It seems more related to prostate than anything else.

I don't want to get a colonoscopy. It seems invasive and there are possible complications.

Any thoughts on this?
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

OP needs to get snipped too . 55 is too old to have kids.
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Hell yes get the colonoscopy. You're over 50. If they go in an find a polyp they will zap it and put you on every 3-5 year monitor.

It sucks drinking the fluid (a gallon is more water than you think...) but the procedure is super simple and they use conscious sedation so you're not even aware during the procedure. I had a small amount of blood when I would wipe, they did test and found polyp. Very good way to prevent colon cancer....
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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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It helps that in the hospital your doctor was probably not outside taking texts and calls and that your constantly being sedated. Just sayin'

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If your over 50 you should have it done. It could really make a difference. I have Crohns Disease, so I have had colonoscopy's once a year since 1995. They have revealed polyps, active disease, and even a tumor, that thankfully was benign and removed. Don't take risks with your health. These tests are usually recommended for a reason.
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I had one at 46 due to a change in bowel habits. Three large pre-cancerous growths were removed. Doc said had I waited another 4 years, things could have gotten nasty.
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Make sure you do the all the prep, though! I took my mom to get one and apparently she hadn't 'cleansed' as much as she should have and they started to do it then had to stop and have her come back again. That must have been embarrassing.....

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It may have something to do with, ehem, colon shape. The above can happen with the "standard prep". There's also the "alternative prep" which involves slightly more, ehem, potent stuff.
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I just had my 55 y/o checkup and besides a slightly enlarged prostate, I'm in good health. I could stand to loose 20 pounds and I'm getting up twice a night to p!ss but my doctor said I'm in good health.

Then he said I should get a colonoscopy. I've been googling around and I don't see what a colonoscopy has to with getting up twice a night to take a piss. It seems more related to prostate than anything else.

I don't want to get a colonoscopy. It seems invasive and there are possible complications.

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I just had my 55 y/o checkup and besides a slightly enlarged prostate, I'm in good health. I could stand to loose 20 pounds and I'm getting up twice a night to p!ss but my doctor said I'm in good health.

Then he said I should get a colonoscopy. I've been googling around and I don't see what a colonoscopy has to with getting up twice a night to take a piss. It seems more related to prostate than anything else.

I don't want to get a colonoscopy. It seems invasive and there are possible complications.

Any thoughts on this?
Absolutely, you should get a colonoscopy. It has nothing to do with the prostate, it's not a "male" thing, women need them too.

Colon cancer gives no symptoms whatsoever until it's too far gone to treat it. It is 100% treatable if detected in time, and the colonoscopy is how it is detected. Colonoscopies done right are 100% effective - I always prefer using a clinic whose staff has been there a long time and are willing to answer the question "what do you do in order to increase the chances of catching early-stage cancer?" The correct answer is "we time our movements, making sure we are moving the colonoscope very slowly both going in and going out".

I was scared of the procedure because of the invasiveness, but it was over and done so fast....

Prep is messy - you take an overly strong laxative to perform a true colon cleanse (not like the new-agey stuff that doesn't actually do any cleansing), the goal being to be empty about a day ahead of time. You subsist on clear liquids, such as apple juice or white grape juice. If you have 20 extra pounds, this will get rid of 4-5 of them.

I went in, they had me dress in one of those backless gowns, then lay down sideways on a table. They sedate you - no anaesthesia if done right...sedation does not leave you drowsy. The doc said "how are you doing?" and I said "I'm doing...." gone. The next thing I was aware of, I was laying on my back on the same table in the same gown, the nurse said "he's awake". Doc said "we're done, everything looks fine, come back in ten years."

In my experience, this was far less of a nuisance than a typical dental cleaning, except for the day prior, when I didn't want to be more than ten feet from the bathroom.


FYI - a friend of mine, believing that she had the inside scoop on how to live forever based on an all-natural diet and lots of exercise, will not live to the end of this year. She is 58. Knowing that she had reduced her risks of cancer by her diet and exercise, she waved aside all such tests - no colonoscopy, no mammogram, etc. Her first sign of anything was a lump in a breast, so she got checked out...yes, you have breast cancer, but this one seems to have come from somewhere else, it's not an isolated tumor. An X-ray showed masses in her brain, her lungs...and her intestines were packed full of tumors. They estimate it started in the colon, over ten years earlier.

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Absolutely, you should get a colonoscopy. It has nothing to do with the prostate, it's not a "male" thing, women need them too.



Colon cancer gives no symptoms whatsoever until it's too far gone to treat it. It is 100% treatable if detected in time, and the colonoscopy is how it is detected. Colonoscopies done right are 100% effective - I always prefer using a clinic whose staff has been there a long time and are willing to answer the question "what do you do in order to increase the chances of catching early-stage cancer?" The correct answer is "we time our movements, making sure we are moving the colonoscope very slowly both going in and going out".



I was scared of the procedure because of the invasiveness, but it was over and done so fast....



Prep is messy - you take an overly strong laxative to perform a true colon cleanse (not like the new-agey stuff that doesn't actually do any cleansing), the goal being to be empty about a day ahead of time. You subsist on clear liquids, such as apple juice or white grape juice. If you have 20 extra pounds, this will get rid of 4-5 of them.



I went in, they had me dress in one of those backless gowns, then lay down sideways on a table. They sedate you - no anaesthesia if done right...sedation does not leave you drowsy. The doc said "how are you doing?" and I said "I'm doing...." gone. The next thing I was aware of, I was laying on my back on the same table in the same gown, the nurse said "he's awake". Doc said "we're done, everything looks fine, come back in ten years."



In my experience, this was far less of a nuisance than a typical dental cleaning, except for the day prior, when I didn't want to be more than ten feet from the bathroom.





FYI - a friend of mine, believing that she had the inside scoop on how to live forever based on an all-natural diet and lots of exercise, will not live to the end of this year. She is 58. Knowing that she had reduced her risks of cancer by her diet and exercise, she waved aside all such tests - no colonoscopy, no mammogram, etc. Her first sign of anything was a lump in a breast, so she got checked out...yes, you have breast cancer, but this one seems to have come from somewhere else, it's not an isolated tumor. An X-ray showed masses in her brain, her lungs...and her intestines were packed full of tumors. They estimate it started in the colon, over ten years earlier.


I have mine Tuesday. I don't mind the dental cleaning. The hygienists are always cute young girls. I don't expect this to be fun.

Btw, sorry to hear about your friend.

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I have mine Tuesday. I don't mind the dental cleaning. The hygienists are always cute young girls. I don't expect this to be fun.

Btw, sorry to here about your friend.
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