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Old 06-25-09, 05:37 PM
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My bike and my colonoscopy

I put the bike part in just to be sure I was on topic.

A few months ago, this forum had a cautionary tale about getting a colonoscopy. I resolved to get mine after ready the thread. I had one when I was 50 and was told I could wait 10 years, as everything was good. Well, it took 12 years, but I just got a call from the doctor and I am again just fine and can wait another 10 years. Nothing dramatic, that's it. BUT it was this forum that got me started on the process. So, thanks to you all.

And those of you out there who haven't had yours, get going. The "cleansing" was not difficult and the procedure is a piece of cake. Do it now.
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Old 06-25-09, 05:55 PM
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My second scope is scheduled for the 14th this month. Can't wait.
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Old 06-25-09, 06:10 PM
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Good job...

It's always on topic. I had one at 49 and I wouldn't be here if I waited until I was fifty. After 2 major surgeries, several minor ones and two rounds of chemo I rode 25 miles yesterday and will do 62 (I hope) Saturday.

The test is a pain but it could save your life.



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I put the bike part in just to be sure I was on topic.

A few months ago, this forum had a cautionary tale about getting a colonoscopy. I resolved to get mine after ready the thread. I had one when I was 50 and was told I could wait 10 years, as everything was good. Well, it took 12 years, but I just got a call from the doctor and I am again just fine and can wait another 10 years. Nothing dramatic, that's it. BUT it was this forum that got me started on the process. So, thanks to you all.

And those of you out there who haven't had yours, get going. The "cleansing" was not difficult and the procedure is a piece of cake. Do it now.
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Old 06-25-09, 06:13 PM
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Anyone smart enough to choose cycling is also smart enough to get scoped. Right?
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Old 06-25-09, 06:15 PM
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The test wasn't a pain for me. I didn't get one until last year - 68 yo - but I got a 10 year reprieve until the next one. One less anxiety on my anxious list.
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Originally Posted by Mojo Slim View Post

And those of you out there who haven't had yours, get going. The "cleansing" was not difficult and the procedure is a piece of cake.
I think we need pix.
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Old 06-25-09, 06:41 PM
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Had I had a colonoscopy seven years ago, you would not be reading the "cured" thread I started a couple of days ago. Colonoscopies prevent colon cancer by removing the polyps that can become cancerous. I suspect most of the folks on this forum are at a low risk of colon cancer, because exercise also serves to prevent it. I suggest we each make a vow to get five people - friends, relatives, acquaintances - to get the test this year. It is immensely satisfying to bug someone into getting the test, and then have them tell you that several polyps were removed.
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Old 06-25-09, 06:46 PM
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Is this 'Bike Forums' or 'AARP', you guys are crackin' me up.....
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Old 06-25-09, 06:49 PM
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I had my first colonoscopy a couple of months ago. I was told you should get one every 5 years, so 10 years may be too long to wait.

I'd been putting mine off for about 5 years but when I got a letter from the VA, of all groups, I figured the good Lord was telling me something, so I broke down and got one, and everythhing was fine.

The cleansing was the worst part of it for me as I had to drink a gallon of "Sea Water" a cup at a time every 10 minutes and run to the toilet every 5 minutes and it didn't seem to stop until about 5 minutes before the procedure

It's something we all gotta do sooner or later, and sooner is better than the alternative. Heck, it was a good way to lose a couple of pounds


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Old 06-25-09, 06:51 PM
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Had a physical earlier this week, and for a special 50th bd gift, he gave me the number of the gastroenterology dept to call for my consultation. Oh, boy, I can hardly wait..
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The time between scopes is based upon family history, the results of your scope, etc. I had no polyps, a great family history, great health, etc., therefore 10 years until the next one.
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Originally Posted by aL1 View Post
Is this 'Bike Forums' or 'AARP', you guys are crackin' me up.....
It's always funny until you're the one who comes up with cancer, wisea*s.
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Old 06-25-09, 07:09 PM
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The only thing funny is how so far off-topic it is....
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Old 06-25-09, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by aL1 View Post
The only thing funny is how so far off-topic it is....
It's not off topic - it has to do with your seat

I have had 3 so far - 2 Polyps on last one. Mother died of colon cancer so they scope me every 5 years starting at 40.
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The only thing funny is how so far off-topic it is....
Try bicycling when you are being treated for a preventable cancer.
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Old 06-25-09, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by gcottay View Post
Anyone smart enough to choose cycling is also smart enough to get scoped. Right?
i have been putting off for a few years even though the doctor suggests it, hope to wait until 55 but maybe I am wrong?

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Old 06-25-09, 07:36 PM
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Don't wait - it is really no big deal and the down side is not good!
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I foolishly waited until age 59 to get my first colonoscopy. A grandfather and uncle both had colon cancer, and my younger sister had polyps removed. I had a polyp so large it couldn't be just clipped in the colonoscopy process. I had to have major surgery, a right hemi-colectomy or removal of the right half of my colon. I was lucky that the biopsy came back pre-cancerous and not cancer. I really dodged a bullet, and if I had gotten a colonoscopy when I should have, I could have avoided the surgery. I just had my second colonoscopy and removal of a small polyp. I'm on a 3-year cycle. Hopefully, Medicare will take care of most of the cost of my next one. Even with insurance, colonoscopies are expensive. Funny thing is, I think I appreciate being able to get out and ride more now, facing the brutal reality of mortality.
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Old 06-25-09, 08:29 PM
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For me the weird part of mine was:

1. having a beautiful nurse bring me into the room and then realizing she was assisting in the procedure, with a full plastic face mask
2. the doctor telling me I could watch the monitor along with him. no thank you.
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The prep and procedure are not bad at all. I've had dental work that was much more uncomfortable.
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I don't know what the big deal is. Getting a colonoscopy is just like riding a bike,









only it's more like riding without the saddle.
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The prep and procedure are not bad at all. I've had dental work that was much more uncomfortable.
I couldn't agree more!
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When I was doing research on a colonoscopy I found a site where the person said he loved having a colonoscopy. He'd already had.......16! WEEEEEEEEEE!
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I had nine at 50 and all was well. Unless symptoms present I don't anticipate repeating it untill 2014.

Although the prep might warrant repeating before then.
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When I had mine recently, the best part is when the nurses came into the recovery area to check up on me because my resting heart rate was so low. "Are you a runner or something? Because if you're not, we're concerned about your heart rate." When I talked about the amount of cycling I do, they said, "That explains it. You're doing fine."

Thanks to several posters here for making sure I didn't delay any longer. I feel much better having had this done.
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