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Colonoscopy at 50

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Today, I got up at 4:40 a.m to get dressed for a 7:00 a.m. colonoscopy procedure.

The prep was uneventful. I drank two 32 oz. bottles of Gatorade and took 5 Ducolax laxatives with lots of water. I ate popsicles and jello all day. I was never hunger or uncomfortable, at all.

I am not a morning person. I walked out of the house into pouring rain. Got the facility and the nurse put needle in my arm to prep for the anesthesiologist and it started to bleed like a faucet. Blood was pouring down my arm, the covers, my gown, the floor. Whew! It a good thing that I'm not queezy. She felt really bad. I jokingly said to her, that's alright, I have blood to spare.

Colonoscopy results, I have diverticulosis (bulging of a section of bowels), found one very small pollup and hemmoroids. I'm feeling very old.

The fix is, I've been told to do Metamcil every day. Consider it done.

I'll call in a day or two for the biopsy results of the pollup. The doctor indicated he didn't think it was an issue.

Has anyone else had a colonscopy? What was your experience?

I was very gassy after the procedure.

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    Wow, thanks for your blog and all your posts! I'm 54 and a little overdue but know that I have to do this soon. Helpful to read all the posts!
    3042 days ago
    3047 days ago
    Hang in there darlin'. Sorry about the experience and sending best wishes or the results.
    3048 days ago
    It is great that you did it in a timely basis! I've had a sigmod and was very gassy, too. I don't like the prep for it, but it is necessary!

    3048 days ago
    Yuky but necessary.
    3048 days ago
    I'm 37 and had my first colonoscopy a few weeks back. My prep involved a lot more things to drink, but it wasn't too bad, as you said. I lucked out with the early testing (37 instead of 50) because of both grandmas having colon cancer.

    My procedure was fine except they had to try both wrists and both feet for my IV line. Ouch! I had the same gassy issue as you, was to be expected. 2 polyps later and results say no cancer, but these are the kinds of polyps that could become tumors. So, testing every 5 years is in store for me.

    Sorry that you had the bleeding problem, you have a great attitude about it. I hope the Metamucil does the trick for you! My doc reccomended organic raw wheat bran, which I mix into my foods. He thinks it will help with the stomach issues I had been having. I feel better, so I guess it works!
    3048 days ago
    I keep putting it off. Part of it is just being scared; the other part is a $200 deductible. Hoping your results are good.
    3048 days ago
    Similar to your without the blood!

    I was older than you, and dreaded it but it was very low key and there were no negative effects.
    3048 days ago
    I just had my second one in 5 years. I'm 57.
    In March I had blood in my stool sample at my pap smear time.
    It showed I had hemorrhoid's both times.
    Hugs for your health my friend.
    Smiles for all you do,
    3048 days ago
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    I had one two summers ago, when I turned 50. I also have diverticulosis. I wonder if that is very common?? I have hemorrhoids also.

    My experience was just great. The prep went fine and I was happy to have a first thing in the morning appointment the next day. Thankfully no polyps, so I was a happy girl. I tell everyone it was a breeze.
    3049 days ago
    I have had two one in 2011 the other in 2006 luckily with the same doctor. both times I consider it a great nap and did not see what so many complain about. i would rather do thiis than some dental procedures.

    each time nothing was found and i was told to increase fiber and water
    3049 days ago
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    I did due to a close relative developing colon cancer at an early age. So, even though I am "only" 40, I'll be having one every few years. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be - though you sure don't want to stray far from homebase during the prep phase!
    3049 days ago
    I was due for one years ago but have since had a stroke, on blood thinners and blood pressure Meds, so I will have to do it later.
    Thanks for opening up about the procedure. I have had so much fear about doing it in the past. Have had a friend who have had one, who basically said the prep was the worst part for him, go figure. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3049 days ago
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    My husband and I both went this summer. We are both 55, and should have gone years ago. The prep was the hardest part, and not that terrible. The Dr. gave us a liquid to drink, that while not delicious, not that bad. The whole procedure did not take long, and just like a good rest!! My results were clear, hubby had a polyp removed, and now has to do follow ups every 3 years. I do not have to go back for 10 years, Dr was glad hubby came when he did, it could have been cancer, if we waited much longer!!!
    3049 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    I had one however, there was no anesthetics involved. I was supposed to take two enemas but was only able to do one. I watched the whole procedure and was quite clean, benign. She told me she'll see me in 10 years. My diet is a healthy one and I stay away from candy, however have a chocolate chip cookies every once in a while. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3049 days ago
    love the honesty of the gases,lol.and no i have never had a coloscopy.how old should you be to have one? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3049 days ago
    Hubby and I both just had our first colonoscopies. . he went thru with flying colors. . I had two polyps removed.

    We both have diverticulitus (mine more pronounced) and hemmoroids. Doc says no big deal, no bleeding, just be sure to take in enough fiber. I have been adding 2 teaspoons fiber to our morning coffee for a couple years and we get plenty of veggies - doc says that's good enough.

    My biopsy came back benign (as doc expected) so moving forward with no changes and a follow up scheduled in 3-5 yrs for me, 5-10 for hubby.

    Basically, a non-event. . . despite my anxiety prior to procedure.

    I'm sure you'll be just fine also - do please post your biopsy results. 8-) emoticon
    3049 days ago
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