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Old 02-01-11, 09:06 PM
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Colonoscopy

For those of you who are pushing the 50 mark, its time to get it checked.
A fellow member in my bike club is terminal and just a short time too.
He was a super athlete and was careful of his diet, but it didn't matter.
It was a wake up call for all of us.
Mine is tomorrow.
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Old 02-01-11, 09:11 PM
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Sorry to hear about this.
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Old 02-01-11, 09:31 PM
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The worst part is cleaning out your system the night before. The procedure wasn't that big of a deal. We have colon cancer running in the family (just BARELY) but that was enough for me to get screened....clean bill of health and you will have one too.

Good Luck!
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Old 02-01-11, 09:33 PM
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Good luck, and sorry about your friend.

I lost a friend at 28 to skin cancer. Get checked, people!
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Old 02-01-11, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Accordion View Post
The worst part is cleaning out your system the night before.
This, the day of is no problem. The stuff you have to drink before is like trying to drink sewage with the worst hangover you've ever had and having to keep it down.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:05 PM
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This, the day of is no problem. The stuff you have to drink before is like trying to drink sewage with the worst hangover you've ever had and having to keep it down.
I had a couple of shots of orange flavoured pico salax. Don't recall it tasting bad. Not a big deal really.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:11 PM
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My wife died at age 35 of colon cancer.

I had my scope about a year after that. It's not that big of a deal. From what I learned, colon cancer typically takes 10+ years to develop. Early detection is the key.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:18 PM
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I had a colonoscopy two years ago and they removed a pre-cancerous pallip. So, I get to have a colonoscopy every three years. The worst part of the procedure is drinking that lemon and salt water solution.

Sorry to hear about your friend. I hope your procedure goes well.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:19 PM
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I got a colonoscopy last year. It really wasn't a big deal, the prep horror stories I heard wasn't my experience, I tolerated it OK. They removed two benign polyps in my case. Those polyps do sometimes eventually develop into cancerous lesions, so every one they remove during these procedures lowers your colon cancer risk; it's arguable that in many cases they are even preventing it in the process. My Dad got a case of colon cancer when he was about 75 (he's 87 now); he had blood in his stool and then found out he had what turned out to be a mercifully low-stage case of the disease; he was cured with surgery (I think they only removed about 5" of his colon, that's not much for a colon cancer operation), no chemo or radiation and he stayed healthy. But that means I'm at elevated risk for the disease.

So I'll be having those scopes every 3-4 years. Actually, I thought it was kind of fun. First the alarm on the monitor was going off because my resting pulse is below 50, so they had to raise the alarm threshold (it triggers if your pulse rate drops too low). Runners and cyclists love that. Then they start the IV drip with the twilight anesthesia. I feel this giant Matrix-like gizmo going up my friggin bunghole, and I really didn't care, I was way too high. That rocked. Then I woke up in recovery. Not a problem.

I am of Greek extraction, so I'm far more tolerant of these back door procedures than most of you.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:21 PM
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And yes, very sorry about your friend, I had a cycling pal who got colon cancer (treatable) who was only 51, after hearing that I stopped procrastinating and set it up within a few weeks.
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[QUOTE=Phil85207;12167236]For those of you who are pushing the 50 mark, its time to get it checked.
A fellow member in my bike club is terminal and just a short time too.

I had a colon resection in March 09, followed by 6 months of chemo. I get scoped every 3 months and so far ok.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:27 PM
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Happily, colonoscopies are becoming pretty standard for most people in my generation. That also got me off the dime, everybody I know (we're all in that 50 ish range now) was getting them, and that made it less daunting and more like 'why aren't you doing this, that disease could steal 25 years from your life'. And of course, it's really not a big deal. Like getting a root canal but with better drugs. 20-30 yeas ago I doubt most people got a colonoscopy. I would imagine that will have a positive impact on lifespan stats, all these people who would have died @ 50-70 years old will have a chance to live to be 80+ now.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:34 PM
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Also guys, if you are over 45, think about a prostate exam as well (if not included in the colonoscopy testing regime). The %ages they say for prostate cancer are pretty high - 40% over 45; 50% over 50 and 65+% over 60.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:38 PM
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My mom and her dad died of colon cancer. After my mom died I went and got one done (age 36). One benign polyp removed. 3 years later I was okay so it'll be 5? years. Coming up soon for me.

The previous day is not that bad as long as you're at home.

If you have a choice get a morning appointment. Waiting the whole day would be difficult. I've been fortunate and have gotten morning appointments.

The day of is a breeze. It's really, really, really relaxing. It's one of those, "Hey, why is the top of my head numb?" And then you wake up and you have no idea what's going on, just that the bed is warm and soft and you're super relaxed.

I've read that the patient is very vulnerable in this state - basically there's no errr I don't know the word right now.. self control. The drug is like a truth serum. Most patients will happily answer awkward questions totally truthfully and not remember.

"Have you had an affair after we got married?"
"Yep, a few times."
Etc.

cdr
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I am of Greek extraction, so I'm far more tolerant of these back door procedures than most of you.
Ummm... wha...?
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Old 02-02-11, 01:17 AM
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Sorry about your friend, condolences.

Check those hides as well, as someone already mentioned; check carefully, thoroughly, and often.

I was awake for the procedure, if a bit wasted. Forget about going back to work or anything else other than a long sleep and veg the rest of the day.

Three polyps, all benign, whew.
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Old 02-02-11, 01:18 AM
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Oh, and insist on a clean scope.
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My Mom...and her Mom...and her Mom all died from colon cancer. I just had my second colonoscopy in December. I'm still clean, thank goodness.
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That colonoscopy doesn't sound so bad - it's not like you're talking about having something stuffed up your ass.
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That prep-stuff isn't half bad if you mix it with vodka instead of water.
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Had mine done last year, my wife's this year. There's really no excuse to procrastinate since its such an easy procedure. The surprising thing for me was how refreshed I felt after coming out of the anesthesia - good stuff. And afterwards, breakfast never tasted better. I'd hate to find out later that there was something that could have been done sooner with early detection.

Has anyone read the classic Colonoscopy article by Dave Barry? A good read if you haven't.
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Lost my sister to colon cancer at 31.

There is no shame in getting checked. Some discomfort, but no shame.
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Originally Posted by Spiduhman View Post
Oh, and insist on a clean scope.
If you actually feel a need to do this, time for a different doctor.
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Some discomfort
I had no discomfort, which did surprise me.
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I had to do the prep 3 times over a 6 month period...first for my initial screening, second for a follow-up to finish what they had started on the first one, then a third prior to surgery to remove the right side of my colon. Everything's good now and will head back in next year. Doing prep 3 times in 6 months...got tougher each time.

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