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Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:53 am quote
So yeah I'm 50 and with that comes the gift of a colonoscopy. Who's had one and most importantly any tips for the dreaded clear liquid day before the procedure? I've been warned by a few friends that leaving the house that day is not something I'm going to want to do.

Any tips appreciated!

Not a pleasant topic but something we all should do once we get past the half century mark.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:08 am quote
I have had 4 scopes on my colon. The first was done at age 47 and I watched it, live, on color TV!
It was done as a part of the surgery (while under anesthesia anyway) for the problem that "Preparation H" is supposed to help with...


I know of no real tips for the fun part? Thankfully mine have all come out as normal for my age, never even a polyp removal.

My "gift" is that I have arrived at that age where you no longer get them unless something comes up which forces the procedure.
My last time my oxygen was a bit low and I was advised to self refer to a pulmonologist which led to my current allergy doctor and improved breathing as a result.
Good luck with yer cocktail!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:27 am quote
I had one a few years ago and I remember being nervous about it but it was actually straightforward and did not feel anything. I remember they gave me something to relax me but I was watching it all on a screen (not sure why). The nurse or assistant commented that I had a nice looking colon. All compliments count!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:40 am quote
Stay by the toilet.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:46 am quote
Colon cancer in 2004, so I’ve had several of these.

Step 1 - Read this and enjoy!

https://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article1928847.html

Ask GI about prep options - there are several now that are far better than the gallon jug of Go Lightly.

Gently coax the colon back to life - don’t overdo things post procedure.

Prep is worst part and it isn’t that bad - well worth the effort - colon cancer is one of the most deadly versions, but it is also among easiest to prevent if caught early enough. Snip the pollup and you prevent cancer 4-5 years later.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:43 am quote
rajron wrote:
Stay by the toilet.
Very good advice.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:05 am quote
EN82pg wrote:
rajron wrote:
Stay by the toilet.
Very good advice.
My wife just had her fourth (cancer survivor) 8 days ago -- from what I observed, this is the only necessary advice.

Dunno about your prep, but she had to take the second dose around 11:00 PM, so she slept on the couch, near the toilet, so someone could get his beauty rest and drive her to the clinic.

Same someone is 55 and keeps avoiding his.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:33 am quote
I guess these go quite the same way all around the world.

Been there, got the t-shirt (... aaww, sorry about that image...)

All I can say that take the preparations seriously. As it's imaging technology, they'll need "clear" surface to be able to see anomalies. At least here the meds used for preparation are not that bad, but yes, you'd like to be at home.

I'd describe the procedure as inconvenient...and how inconvenient depends on how far up they'll need to go. I guess a routine check should go quite easily.


Not the easiest topic... but heck, I even participate to Movember to promote men taking care of themselves, so respect for bringing this up!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:35 am quote
Shine
I just hope they find your car keys.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:43 am quote
Re: Shine
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I just hope they find your car keys.

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I just hope the car keys are my own.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:56 am quote
Pretty much what everyone else is saying. I've had one so far. They snipped one polyp and said "See you in five years."

Yes, the prep is the not fun part. I have also heard there are options to the dreaded gallon jug, but all things considered it's not that bad.

The procedure itself was inconsequential. I was put out for it. ("Count backwards from 10." "10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - zzzzzzzzz") I woke up and asked where the doctor was. My wife told me that he had already been in and he and I had a conversation about the procedure. I had no memory of this. The same happened to me after a surgical procedure, so I guess that's just how I respond to anesthetic.

Now if I can just get my wife to do it...
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am quote
tdrake wrote:
EN82pg wrote:
rajron wrote:
Stay by the toilet.
Very good advice.
My wife just had her fourth (cancer survivor) 8 days ago -- from what I observed, this is the only necessary advice.

Dunno about your prep, but she had to take the second dose around 11:00 PM, so she slept on the couch, near the toilet, so someone could get his beauty rest and drive her to the clinic.

Same someone is 55 and keeps avoiding his.
Maybe TMI, but at the lowest point, just spending extra time in the shower is more efficient.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am quote
RRider wrote:
I guess these go quite the same way all around the world.

Been there, got the t-shirt (... aaww, sorry about that image...)

All I can say that take the preparations seriously. As it's imaging technology, they'll need "clear" surface to be able to see anomalies. At least here the meds used for preparation are not that bad, but yes, you'd like to be at home.

I'd describe the procedure as inconvenient...and how inconvenient depends on how far up they'll need to go. I guess a routine check should go quite easily.


Not the easiest topic... but heck, I even participate to Movember to promote men taking care of themselves, so respect for bringing this up!
R.E., Movember-
I am also past the age they pay much attention to my prostate condition either
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:00 am quote
I have had several. The worst part is drinking the large amount of liquids for the prep. Some doctors will prescribe a flavoring agent. Mine just told be to suck on a lemon after each gulp or chugs. It really helps to keep the concoctune down. Plan to sit on the pot for an hour each of the two preps and don't leave the house as the urge can come on at anytime. The rest of the procedure is a cake walk by comparison. Good luck!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:31 am quote
Likely won't help many of us, but it seems that a more limited procedure (sigmoidoscopy) is nearly as effective as a screening tool. Could still prevent cancer risk without needing the risk, inconvenience and expense of the full ride. Haven't fully delved into the debate, but there's medical tradition, and then there's actual evidence.....

In the meantime.....drink up!


FWIW the best sleep I'd had all year was my procedure. Remember them giving me oxygen (remember it smelling sweet for some reason), and not much after....nirvana-or so it seemed to me.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:54 am quote
tdrake wrote:
Same someone is 55 and keeps avoiding his.
For your sake and your families - get on with it. Colon cancer is a nasty death and colonoscopies are quite effective in diagnosis, early treatment, and avoidance. This has been one of the true medical advancements in preventative treatment.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:21 am quote
Not a big deal to do considering the advantages. If something is suspicious best to find out early. If everything is good...sweet...everything is good!

It seems that these days part of finally being all grown up means you've had yours done!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:29 pm quote
I have an appointment next Sat for all this. Can't say I'm looking forward to it. The little brown cardboard box that arrived in the post has sat unopened for a week. Fortunately it's just a regular check because I'm now over 50 so fingers crossed it will be clear. Can't say I'm looking forward to it. Hoping it's OK to go on the bike cause I don't do other forms of transport.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:37 pm quote
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:44 pm quote
Dooglas wrote:
tdrake wrote:
Same someone is 55 and keeps avoiding his.
For your sake and your families - get on with it. Colon cancer is a nasty death and colonoscopies are quite effective in diagnosis, early treatment, and avoidance. This has been one of the true medical advancements in preventative treatment.
I hear ye. My brother had it at my age and my best friend/neighbor, who is my age, as well, is dying from it.

Only excuses I can think of is that a) both had obvious symptoms and b) obviously I'm in denial, dammit!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:52 pm quote
Pictures or it didn't happen. Don't you have friends or family you can discuss these topics with?

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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:11 pm quote
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Do you honestly think we wanted to look inside your asshole ?

Really ?

For fucks sake.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:17 pm quote
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Pictures or it didn't happen. Don't you have friends or family you can discuss these topics with?
rude much?

I do consider some of the people here friends and relationships beyond just posting here. It's almost something that is pretty important.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:25 pm quote
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Just sickening and really fucking weird.

And I thought that i had a problem.

Sickening.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:28 pm quote
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Just sickening and really fucking weird.

And I thought that i had a problem.

Sickening.
The irony is I just posted that maybe MV needs more moderators.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:31 pm quote
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Yeah I've just contacted one.

If I wanted to look at arseholes I would have looked at RedTube.

Really. What the fuck is wrong with you people ?
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:42 pm quote
I'd rather have a colonoscopy than food poisoning. Talk about a cleanse.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:02 pm quote
Hey, chill, it's just intestinal mucosa. People make their living off of that stuff.

I didn't even get pictures of mine.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:03 pm quote
tdrake wrote:
Dooglas wrote:
tdrake wrote:
Same someone is 55 and keeps avoiding his.
For your sake and your families - get on with it. Colon cancer is a nasty death and colonoscopies are quite effective in diagnosis, early treatment, and avoidance. This has been one of the true medical advancements in preventative treatment.
I hear ye. My brother had it at my age and my best friend/neighbor, who is my age, as well, is dying from it.

Only excuses I can think of is that a) both had obvious symptoms and b) obviously I'm in denial, dammit!
MAKE THE DAM APPOINTMENT.

There is absolutly no reason to not have this done. It could save your life.
It does not hurt.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:07 pm quote
old as dirt wrote:
tdrake wrote:
Dooglas wrote:
tdrake wrote:
Same someone is 55 and keeps avoiding his.
For your sake and your families - get on with it. Colon cancer is a nasty death and colonoscopies are quite effective in diagnosis, early treatment, and avoidance. This has been one of the true medical advancements in preventative treatment.
I hear ye. My brother had it at my age and my best friend/neighbor, who is my age, as well, is dying from it.

Only excuses I can think of is that a) both had obvious symptoms and b) obviously I'm in denial, dammit!
MAKE THE DAM APPOINTMENT.

There is absolutly no reason to not have this done. It could save your life.
It does not hurt.
+1. And then you can speak with authority (or woffle, if you wish) on threads like this!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:13 pm quote
I've had 3. 2003 (42), 2008 (47), 2017 (56). You beat cancer at 37 and they treat you like a golden GOOSE
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:23 pm quote
tdrake wrote:
Only excuses I can think of is that a) both had obvious symptoms and b) obviously I'm in denial, dammit!
By the time the symptoms are obvious, it is usually too late for effective treatment - that is the point of the colonoscopy.
I'm rooting for you cause I think this is a really smart thing to do. Go for it!
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:34 pm quote
I've had a couple. Nothing to it. I do recommend getting the prep stuff already mixed up in the fluid container. Doesn't taste that bad. It WILL work. They probably will use the "good stuff"-- Propofol. Just when you think the procedure is about to begin--it's all over.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:34 pm quote
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Pictures or it didn't happen. Don't you have friends or family you can discuss these topics with?
I know a few of us have come to the defence of this post. It's not the picture that is offensive so much as it is the flippant reaction to the post being started.

It's just fine to use MV for only serious scootering related topics as in yeah no shit Sherlock. However dumping on a thread that has some great feedback and may even help some of us is where I find issue. The subject says it all and if you don't like a topic DO NOT read it. Pretty simple really. To personally attack someone for asking a question seems kind of rude. I wasn't asking about a wooden Vespa here.

Yes I have friends. Family I have very little of but thanks for asking. I have more friends on MV than I actually have family.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:37 pm quote
Bill Dog wrote:
And I thought that i had a problem.
Telling..... ^

Nobody has the right to yell at anybody, period.

At my doctor appointment this week for ongoing health problems the colonoscopy conversation turned into an appointment.

The picture is pretty cool as are the HELPFUL comments on this thread. I hope my colon looks that clean, praying to God actually because my current symptoms aren’t ideal.

SDG
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:40 pm quote
Whatever you do-drink ALL that stuff the night before and AS instructed. I recovered from my last one and they were telling some poor bastard that he wasn't cleaned out enough-that he hadn't done everything by the book and that they were giving him another prescription for another round of that crap. They wanted him back in exactly a week to do it right! (I know I heard the guy crying)

Don't shake your doctor's hand-ya never know where it's been.

And as a friend from South Africa told me about the night before my first one-you can shoot it through the eye of a needle and not hit either side...

You'll know exactly what I mean...
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:59 pm quote
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Whatever you do-drink ALL that stuff the night before and AS instructed. I recovered from my last one and they were telling some poor bastard that he wasn't cleaned out enough-that he hadn't done everything by the book and that they were giving him another prescription for another round of that crap. They wanted him back in exactly a week to do it right! (I know I heard the guy crying)

Don't shake your doctor's hand-ya never know where it's been.

And as a friend from South Africa told me about the night before my first one-you can shoot it through the eye of a needle and not hit either side...

You'll know exactly what I mean...
That was almost me....not the prep, but they screwed up and had me down for the following week. Found out when I got a call after my prep reminding me of that. Fortunately they scrambled and fit me into the schedule. I wasn't going to do the prep again for a long time......
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:08 pm quote
Add me to the "Been there, done that" list. As many have said the prep is the worst part. Just say close to a toilet and have plenty of reading material ready.

Take ALL of the prep. I can't stress this enough. My stuff tasted horrible but I finished it and had a great colonoscopy. Luckily, I get a 10 year break before I have to do it again.

The best part afterward is the cute nurse asking me to pass gas for her before I could leave.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:42 pm quote
I find it strange that in the US everyone seems to think a colonoscopy is the only way to go - but it's expensive, invasive, and not really pleasant for anyone.

In the UK other tests have proven to be 'better' (and certainly far, far cheaper) for the most part - a colonoscopy may be indicated if the results show signs of cancer.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/fob-test/

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/screening/bowel-screening-evidence-and-resources/faecal-immunochemical-test-fit

These kits are available very cheaply in the US - why are they not being used instead?

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000704.htm
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:46 pm quote
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I've had a couple. Nothing to it. I do recommend getting the prep stuff already mixed up in the fluid container. Doesn't taste that bad. It WILL work. They probably will use the "good stuff"-- Propofol. Just when you think the procedure is about to begin--it's all over.
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