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03-11-2010 09:19 PM  8 years agoPost 1
freakyreef

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I am 39 yrs old, 11 yrs younger than the recomended age for your first colonoscopy.

I went in and had mine done today. (Still a bit loopy BTW)
What they found shocked me. I had a very large polyp (In the pic below) and 2 small areas of colitis. I had noticed a very small amount of blood in the past month or 2 so I decided I had better get it checked out. Scarey part is, if I had ignored this for a few more years or worse yet waited until the age of 50, the results could have been far worse. They are sending it in for a biopsy along with 5 other areas just to check for other problems as a precautionary measure. The doctor said even if it is cancerous they have caught it in the early stages.

What I am trying to say is, don't delay. If you have a probelm, don't be "embare-assed". The procedure is simple (except the night before which was actually the worst part) nothing like sitting for several hours on the stool, but I did catch up on my rc heli magazines.
I remember absolutely nothing from the procedure itself. Just because you aren't "old" enough to have colon problems doesn't mean jack squat as I can attest to.
I hope this at least helps some of you who might be hesitant on getting this done to GET IT DONE.

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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03-11-2010 09:26 PM  8 years agoPost 2
scott s.

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Thanks, like i needed to see that
I`m overdue but just can`t get into a camera up my ass.

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03-11-2010 09:30 PM  8 years agoPost 3
ppridday

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What is worse is not having an ass to put a camera up. I am overdue as well but a colleague of mine went through prostate cancer and has told anyone who will listen the end result of that. A pretty harsh reality that will have you lining up to get a 'scope' done...

Paul

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03-11-2010 09:49 PM  8 years agoPost 4
SteveH

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I've had three of them. No problems fortunately, and nothing really to it. Like freakyreef says, the worst part is the "preperation". Do it when the doc says.

The government cannot give you anything without first taking it from someone else.

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03-11-2010 09:56 PM  8 years agoPost 5
GimbalFan (RIP)

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I`m overdue but just can`t get into a camera up my ass.
But you'd be fine 'getting into' having polyps or cancer up your ass instead?
Thanks, like i needed to see that
You're exactly the type who MOST needs to see that. Look at it again for awhile -- it could be your future unless you learn to see the value in modern preventative medicine.

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03-11-2010 10:03 PM  8 years agoPost 6
jsenicka

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It is really only the prep that is bad. I think it was 1/2 gallon of gatoraid with 20 odd full medical strength does of laxative, all drank in an hour. You will actually distort the space/time continuum and poop stuff you will eat next week.

The actual procedure you are pretty much out. Demerol and Versed was what my doc pushed. I remember making a typical wisecrack about a camera up my butt and then woke up in the recovery room.

Jim Senicka
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03-11-2010 10:06 PM  8 years agoPost 7
freakyreef

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You will actually distort the space/time continuum and poop stuff you will eat next week.
LMAO!!! SO TRUE!!!

Scott. Seriously, no time like the present to get it done. Here is how easy it is.
step 1. (the hardest part) Go to the doctor and tell him you WANT it done.

Step 2 the day before your procedure, you drink a half litre of this delicous concoction. Luckily it is flavored. Yes, you do sit on the pot for a while, but it isn't painful, just a bit time consuming. I started about 4:30 in the PM. by 5:45 I was done with the solution, by 6:30 most of the toilet hovering was gone.

Step 3. When you check in, they cover you up with a blanket in your robe. Your not just sitting completely nude on the table. They hook up the IV, give you a couple of meds in your IV. This is the last thing I remember. Up to this point I was lying on my side completely covered up. They give you a pain medication and a medication that makes you forget and boy does it work good!!

Step 4, you wake up back in your room, the procedure is over. No embarrasment at all as you don't remember any part of the procedure when your arse was uncovered.

I know it's hard to intentionally make an appointment to have a camera placed in the no-zone of a man, but the peace of mind you have afterwards is well worth it!! I swear it's worth it.
In fact, I would almost wager my entire heli fleet and supplies that pretty much no person who had it done has regretted it.

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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03-11-2010 10:08 PM  8 years agoPost 8
GimbalFan (RIP)

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You will actually distort the space/time continuum and poop stuff you will eat next week.
Is that how Monday's sweet corn leapfrogs past Sunday's steak 'n' taters?

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03-11-2010 10:59 PM  8 years agoPost 9
kingair

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If you want to laugh your guts out read this thread on the subject we're talking about:

http://www.singletrackworld.com/200...thread-returns/

Pay attention to the guy named blu-tone!!!!!!
Picolax turned my bum from it’s usual semi-dormant state:
a bit like Vesuvius; an impresssive and majestic sight with occasional noxious wiffs, regular minor expulsions of dangerous matter and a very rare display of awesome ferocity worthy of international news

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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03-11-2010 11:01 PM  8 years agoPost 10
sincity

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I had one done when I was 24 ish. They did not put me under or give me any medication. I will tell you that it was not pleasant at all. You guys that get to go under had it made!

Mine didn't go as far as yours I believe. When they go further up, they put you under.

My wife had breast cancer last year at 35 years old, with zero family history. Age has nothing to do with cancer any more. 80% of all new breast cancer patients have no family history of cancer. I'm a proponent of young women getting checked if they find any type of mass whatsoever. My wife was fortunate that she found it early.

Even as early as she found it, it was already in stage 3A. If she had brushed it off to nothing, she probably wouldn't be in remission right now.

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03-12-2010 12:29 AM  8 years agoPost 11
TMoore

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There's nothing like waking up right about the time this big snake is being pulled from your rectum and you watch the last few inches of retraction via the monitor while at the same time this blonde doll baby of a nurse is explaining that you may have a touch of gas as you hear the roll of thunder from your puckered posterior. Oh yeah, no shame at that point, none indeed.

TM

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03-12-2010 12:41 AM  8 years agoPost 12
SSN Pru

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was the blood bright red or dark in color?

Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!

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03-12-2010 12:42 AM  8 years agoPost 13
freakyreef

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as you hear the roll of thunder from your puckered posterior.
Did you get her number??? LOL

Seriously, you remember this stuff?? I have no recollection whatsoever. They said they gave me something to forget, at least I think they gave me something to forget.....
My wife said I was in the recovery room for at least half an hour and I don't even remember that part. Perhaps it's time for you to find a new doctor.
They want me to go in after 2 years for a follow up scope.

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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03-12-2010 12:48 AM  8 years agoPost 14
GimbalFan (RIP)

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a follow up scope.
I don't like the sound of that.

I don't like the sound of the 'up' -- and I don't like the sound of the 'follow'.

I don't like the sound of any of it -- butt if the Doc says ya gotta, ya gotta.

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03-12-2010 02:12 AM  8 years agoPost 15
TMoore

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They want me to go in after 2 years for a follow up scope
SOP when they find polyps.

TM

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03-12-2010 06:31 PM  8 years agoPost 16
jsenicka

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This is from Dave Barry's colonoscopy journal:

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis . Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner.
I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, quote, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'

I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep', which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America's enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor. Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.) Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but: Have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be
enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on,
makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep. At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this is, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point. Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand. There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen'
had to be the least appropriate.

'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me. 'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that it was all over, and that my colon had
passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.

Jim Senicka
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03-13-2010 02:43 AM  8 years agoPost 17
GimbalFan (RIP)

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from Dave Barry's colonoscopy journal:
Gotta love Dave Barry. I've been reading his columns for years. I'd like to buy that guy a beer -- and then spend the next 3 hours discussing beer bubbles.

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03-27-2010 01:49 AM  8 years agoPost 18
freakyreef

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Got good news. The pathology results came back good. Everything was benign.
I was pretty worried considering the size of the polyp.
I gotta tell you, my whole world was turned upside down while I was waiting. My 34 yr old brother has already had colon cancer and had a colostomy. I was prepared to hear the worst possible news, but got fairly good news instead. I do have colitis, but no cancer!!
Once again, for all of you that have problems that you are putting off, get it done!!

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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03-27-2010 02:51 AM  8 years agoPost 19
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(For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.)

aaa haa

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