Boys and Girls. Over 50? Time to get a Colonoscopy.

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  1. dhammer53
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    My doctor has been after me to get a colonoscopy. It's been 8 years since I had my last one. Earlier today was the day. The good news is that my colon is clean (in more ways than one). ;)

    In the interest of keeping Milepointers in good health, please call your doctor and set up an appointment. FYI, if you've already had one of these in the past, the 'drink' doesn't taste as bad as it did 8 years ago.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonoscopy
     
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    And as member of the "done & clean" club ;), I couldn't agree more with my wise and esteemed colleague. Follow his advice, folks. :)
     
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    The day before, I could only drink liquids. ie Coffee, Slushies, Ice Cream sodas. What's so bad. :D
    Ended up dropping 2 pounds. If this is a diet, I'm all for it.

    I was allowed to eat hard candies, any kind. Did you know that if you don't eat the inside, a tootsie pop qualifies as a hard candy.
     
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    This thread is useless without photos. :eek:
     
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    Funny you should mention this, I just had a doctor's appointment this week to discuss my first colonoscopy. I have to say, that prep business sounds nasty... it's about a month away and I'm dreading it already.
     
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    You need to change your attitude, look forward to it as a thrilling adventure.

    Or at least, recognize that it is less intrusive than the TSA, and the people conducting the search are better educated (in the Italian sense of the term "maleducato") and more professional & respectful than are the TSO's.
     
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    Do like dhammer says. There are things that are much worse than a colonoscopy.
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    My dear ShopAround, back in the day, the drink was just awful. These days, it's somewhat sweet (may be a problem if your drink diet soda), and minty (may be a problem if you don't like mojitos). The last instruction on the information sheet was to drink this after you refrigerate the mixture. It tastes better cold.

    Of course I didn't read the last line. :rolleyes: I drank the first glass warm. :rolleyes:

    Not to worry.
     
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    And it will all work out in the end ;) http://instantrimshot.com/
     
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    Ok, let's try this again. I had my first one done at age 53. Perhaps if I had gone a couple of years earlier, I would now still have my entire colon. As it was, there were two polyps and one was too big to just remove during the procedure. They opted to remove half the colon in between the two polyps. Turned out the larger one did have some CA in it. But none of the lymph nodes were involved, so didn't need chemo or any of that. Just follow up colonoscopies now and then. Still function normally even without half the colon.
    As for the drink, I just plug my nose and chug and barely notice any taste. :p And well, if I hadn't had the thing done at all, I could very well be dead by now. Soooo, I guess I'm lucky I did go in.
     
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    Leaving you with a semi-colon.
     
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    I get to join the 5-0 club next year so will be putting my hand up to have one. One of my cousins died a couple of years ago at 49 of colon cancer, and knowing what she went through makes me realise I would rather suffer the indignity of the colonoscopy than die because of a fear of having the test.
     
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    Perzactly:D
     
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    My wife gave me a hard time for posting this thread . She says it's no ones business. I say that by posting, I'm doing a public service. If just one person decides to go for the test, and if that person finds a cancer in its early stages, I've saved a life.
     
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    She just doesn't want anyone to know that you're not 29 anymore!
     
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    As important as it is to do the colonoscopy thing (I started at age 38 because of general family cancer history and because they found polyps in my older brother), it's just as important to understand the anesthesia procedure used by your doctor. My last trip through they used propofol (MJ juice!) and it's extremely effective, but you definitely want to ensure that a separate anesthesiologist is on hand for the entire procedure. The anesthesia is likely the most risky part of the entire procedure.
     
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    Yes, if you have colorectal cancer in your family history, one should be getting their first exam by age 40.. having said this, I'm way overdue myself .. and frankly, it's far more 'fun' IMHO, than a simple rectal exam!
     
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    Anything short of a sharp stick in the eye is better than a "simple" rectal exam :eek:
     
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    Can't say i've ever had one but it sure is fun doing them!

    Jeff
     
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    Jeff,

    When I told a doctor friend of mine that I was having trouble drinking the mixture, he told me to Drink it. :D
     
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    Had a heart scan this morning- the new open machine*, took five minutes, didn't even have to remove shoes or glasses. less intrusive than the TSA, and more relaxing.

    Our hospital is running a nice deal on it, $85.00.

    *the old type machines were more like a tight tunnel, this is an open ring.
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    Ahhhh, the good old donut-I had the pleasure about 5 years ago when I had a kidney stone
     
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    It could have been worse. He could have told you where to stick it.
     
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    I'm having my first colonoscopy (and also all the fun exam from the other end) in a couple of weeks... Blech.
     
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    TG, the best part is that I lost a couple of pounds. :)
     
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