colonoscopy in 2 weeks

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by SusanEU, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. SusanEU

    SusanEU New Member

    Ok, I am determined not to chicken out this time, as my mother had colon cancer at age 39.

    Any advice, tips, encouragement?

    Thanks a bunch,
    Sue in Ontario
  2. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    If your Mom had colon cancer at such a young age, you should definitely NOT chicken Dad had colon cancer, but at the ripe old age of 78. I still need to get colonoscopies regularly, though.

    You will probably get a lot of "horror stories" here, but I hope more encouraging ones, like mine. For me, the hardest part is the "bowel prep" the night before---even that is more annoying than anything else---just expect that you'll spend a lot of the time in the bathroom on the toilet, get yourself some good books or magazines, and you'll be OK.

    The test itself is a piece of cake, and goes a lot quicker than you'd expect. They'll likely give you some "cocktail" like Versed & Demerol, or Valium & Demerol---doesn't totally knock you out, but you'll feel relaxed & pain-free while the test is going on. I myself, being allergic to Versed & Valium, had a Demerol IV only, and I still did fine, even though I didn't have the sedative part. I remember the doctor saying, "OK, we're all done & everything's fine" and I thought, but I've only been lying here about three minutes! I think it actually was about 15, but with the drug IV, it feels so much shorter!

    Make sure someone can drive you home, relax, and that's it!

    I know there'll be folks who can't resist telling you horror tales, but I'm hoping you'll get more positive responses too---this really was my experience. I was scared prior to this one, now I won't be afraid at all to have another one. I'm currently battling leukemia, but after this last chemo round, I fully intend to have another colonoscopy (AND a mammogram) as I'm slightly overdue for both----and with that family tie, you don't want to neglect this!

    Good luck, Susan---let us know how it goes!!

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  3. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    Don't worry Sue. As everyone will tell you, the prep is the worst part. Try to get the pico-salax. It's so much less to drink.
    They gave me a little extra Demerol because I had some spasms. I had no pain for 4 days! I thought I had found the cure for Fibro. Seriously, though it wil be over before you know it.

    Good Luck
  4. cczub

    cczub New Member

    I'm not ashamed to say this but, I'm 27 and have had around 5 colonoscopies. I had colitis at a very early age and have always had stomach issues. The prep is the worst part. The drinks aren't great and you'll be stuck in the bathroom for a while.

    The procedure is NOTHING!!! Before they start they give you a little cocktail and then the next thing I always remembered was, we're done....

    I had one experience but that was one of the first ones I had ever had and was close to 16 years ago... Things have changed since then..

    Good Luck and everything will be fine!
  5. Good for you. I have had a few of those. One was NOT a good one, jerk dr. who was so insensitive. But the next one I told the dr. up front , I don't want to feel or know anything and I didn't. They can give you something to not feel a thing, and wake up quickly afterwards. Like everyone says the worst part is the prep for it, and its not even that bad. good luck!
  6. razorqueen

    razorqueen Member

    I am having my first colonscopy on August 17/06. I've struggled with IBS for many years (self diagnosed) and now that my daughter has crohn's I thought I really should get things checked out, since no doctor recommended any tests!

    I am from Canada as well, and I bought myself the pico-salax that Pianowoman recommended, as I have been told that it is the best tasting prep around. It is exspensive, around $16, but I am hoping it will be worth it.

    I am hoping and praying the BOTH of us will be fine!

  7. BethM

    BethM New Member

    thanks for the encouragement from your post. I have to schedule my first colonoscopy, and have been procrastinating. The comments and feedback from your post replies have been very helpful!

    I do love this message board!

  8. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    Sue, I can certainly give you encouragement. I was very nervous about the procedure but it was simple. They give you an IV and you're done before you know it. What's more, as I've said here before the night before, after the prep, I felt the best I'd felt since my diagnosis of CFS, suggesting, I suppose, that I may be full of s***. ;>)

    (BTW, do not make plans to go out the night before or to have company since you'd miss the entire evening and stock up on tp. lol)

    Oh, another thing. I tend to be a bit hypoglycemic and was concerned about the no eating thing but it was not a problem either.

    You'll do fine and it's a huge relief to know you're OK.

    I hope you'll come back in two weeks and tell me I was right.

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  9. SusanEU

    SusanEU New Member

    Thanks for all the encouragement.

    Yes I love this board, too.

    I had an appointment February and got all the way to midnight the night before the procedure and called and left a message I wouldn't make it - major panic attack!

    Now my panic attacks have pretty much disappeared from the Effexor, I figure I'll go through with it this time. My kids and my doctor are really pushing me to do it. Gee, I would hate to die over something preventable because I was a chicken - just couldn't do that to my family!

    My mom had colon cancer at age 39 and miraculously is still living at age 68. A day before ascheduled colostomy, they came and said due to her young age, they were going to go for aggressive chemo. After almost a year off and on in the hospital and a hard won battle she recovered.

    I still have dulcolax and picolax left over from last time. Just thought one more thing, I was worried about missing my dose of effexor in the morning, but she said I could take it with Boost, hopefully I won't get nauseous.

    Thank you all sooooo much, those who have had one and those about to. I will keep you all posted. (and now that I have told you, you'll hold me

    Love and Hugs
    Sue in Ontario
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  10. mrdad

    mrdad New Member

    I'm glad you are going to have that done. It is an import-
    procedure no dought. Had the sigmoidoscopy done that is
    not quite so evasive and one is not "putout" for it.

    The "Great Desider", G.W.B. had it done and Cheney had to
    sit in as Pres. for a few hours as you remember. It should
    be abit uncomfortable but painless if you "checkoff"
    REPUBLICAN on the consent form.

    The guy I had was the one they use on Thankgiving to
    inflate the MACY PARADE balloons!!
    Proud of ya,
  11. meowee

    meowee New Member

    I have to get one also. I have an appt. on Aug. 15 to set things up. I am also having an endoscopy at the same time.

    My dad has had a few polyps removed. I am 51 so its about time for me to have it done.

    Best of luck and please keep us posted.

  12. pinky1234

    pinky1234 New Member

    Hi, there is a pill now you can take instead of drinking all of that crap. Sooooooo much easier. Ask about it. It's the drinking all of that crap I hated......Good luck
  13. blondie45

    blondie45 New Member

    The worst thing about a colonoscopy is drinking that GoLytely stuff the day before and then spending half the night on the toilet. Also have a phobia of IVs so I do not like that part either, but once that IV goes in and you get down to the surgery room you are usually put out right away and don't remember or feel a thing. I have had 2 before age 45 as my grandpa had colon cancer. If your relative had colon cancer you definitely need to get the colonoscopy done, as if this kind of cancer is caught quickly the outcome is usually very good. I know 2 people that were diagnosed at least 10 years ago who caught it early and are doing well today (one of them one of my aunts).
  14. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    I'm from Ontario too. My hubby's specialist suggested a new bowel prep called Pico Salax instead of the yucky phosposoda. I used it as well for my colonoscopy last year.

    As has been said, the worst thing is the prep and this new stuff makes it 10 times easier to get through. We both followed the instructions on the package and the gastro guy that I had said that my prep was one of the best he's seen.

    Hope this helps.


  15. SusanEU

    SusanEU New Member

    Your support is overwhelming.

    I guess nobody's is going to give me an excuse to change my mind, eh?

    Sue in Ontario