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post #61 of 73 (permalink) Old 08-27-2016, 06:33 AM
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

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For the purpose of being truthful, I had a colonoscopy in Feb 2016. They removed a 2cm polyp which turned out to be precancerous. The procedure was a cake walk. I was given the drugs and was out almost immediately. When I woke up there was no way for me to know that anything had happened. I felt great. Went home.

Then about midnight I woke in horrible pain. Went the emergency room where I waited 4 hours in crying in pain. They ended up hospitalizing me for the pain where I stayed for 7 days on morphine and Percocet while they argued over why I had so much pain. Well duh... they had cut out a big polyp and burned the incision area. After 7 days of being over medicated with morphine and Percocet they finally gave me an anti-inflammatory med and the pain was gone within an hour. But by then I could not go home because days of laying in bed on drugs that slow down my breathing and blood flow.. I had blood clots in my lungs. The story gets worse after that, but I won't bore you.. basically I spent a month in the hospital had all kinds of complications and am now on oxygen 24/7. They tell me I should be off it by the end of the year.. who knows.

I think that most of the problems I had AFTER going into the hospital were caused by the hospital. It's a big, brand new beautiful building being run like a 3rd world flop hospital.

My point... is not to scare anyone. It's to point out that while most colonoscopies are harmless and do a lot of good, they are to be taken seriously because they can cause complications. I am however glad that I had it done because the alternative was for me to end up with full blow colon cancer. As bad as what I've been through is, colon cancer is 1000 times worse.

I think that a lot of people, especially men, will not get them due to embarrassment. You are out cold so there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
That's awful Ele. Glad you're still here!

I avoided mine for a couple years due to denial. Logically, I knew it was the right and mature thing to do, but getting older and not having my body work as well as it used to and requiring medication for HBP is something I find depressing. I know, I know, it's normal, but I still don't like it.

So avoiding my colonoscopy was part of avoiding my feelings on aging in general.

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colonoscopy: do I really need it?

I hope OP does not mind me posting here.

I made the mistake of scheduling a 2:30 pm test It is tomorrow. So i cannot eat any solid food until then. It it 6 am the day before and i am already hungry. I am limited to broth, jello and clear drinks.

Tip: schedule your test for early morning, not in the afternoon.

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Just get it done and get it over with. You will feel much better when you do instead of putting it off till next year. Your 5 years late anyway. Stop making excuses and just do it.

Btw did he put you on BPH medication for your prostate?
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Just get it done and get it over with. You will feel much better when you do instead of putting it off till next year. Your 5 years late anyway. Stop making excuses and just do it.

Btw did he put you on BPH medication for your prostate?


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I hope OP does not mind me posting here.

I made the mistake of scheduling a 2:30 pm test It is tomorrow. So i cannot eat any solid food until then. It it 6 am the day before and i am already hungry. I am limited to broth, jello and clear drinks.

Tip: schedule your test for early morning, not in the afternoon.
Tip #2: when you get home plan on falling asleep wherever you sit down. I was home by 11 AM, sat on the couch, and then woke up stretched out on the couch at 4 PM. No doubt that was because of a combination of the sedatives in my system, the lack of food in me, and the loss of sleep the night before. It was a nice deep sleep!

If your house tends to be noisy or your kids bring their friends round after school, the bedroom might be a better place to set yourself when you get home.
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I remember you being gone for a while. Were you on anti-coagulants for the clotting?

My wife woke up during the time they were burning off a polyp. The worst pain she ever felt.
Oh, your poor wife. Thatís horrible. Hopefully they gave her a lot of feel good drugs quickly after that.

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I have to go on Tuesday. I know the doctor well since he has been treating my wife for 8 years, including for the liver disease. There is risk of perforated colon, but I would accept that.

I wish I had not read your thread until Wed, but thanks for sharing.
Hopefully it will go well for you.
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Well everyone said the prep is the worst part. My prep went a lot better than i was expecting. Maybe it is the newer meds they have us drink.

My fear now is learning if have cancer. We will find out in a few hours if that is a worry.
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Did they remove polyps? What makes them think you might have cancer?

I sure hope you don't.
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Why does he have two user names?


The password fiasco. He could not log in as Steve.

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Did they remove polyps? What makes them think you might have cancer?



I sure hope you don't.


One polyp. Will get results later. Just general worry about cancer. Early stage diverticulosis which i inherited from mother.

Tip to all: never schedule afternoon procedure. I had a 2 pm, did not go in until 5 pm.

400 milliliters of propofol makes it go fast
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

I had one several years ago and they found a couple of polyps. They didn't give me enough meds to keep me asleep and I remember waking up in pain because someone (the nurse) was pressing down on my stomach...I was pushing her arms away. Then I don't remember anything more.

Get the procedure. Dying of colon cancer is worse than the procedure.
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

You don't need one if you are already a perfect azzhole.......I couldn't resist.......
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