Post Edited (Cindy802) : 10/27/2006 10:57:16 PM (GMT-6)
Good girl! And don't be afraid. Really, it is not that bad. Most people say the prep is the worse part because after 6pm you have to fast and drink the stuff that makes you "go". I didn't find that part bad at all. Maybe because I started eating light a few days before.
I did some checking and found that Farrah has anal cancer, not colon cancer. It is said to be a rare cancer, with just over 4,000 women being diagnosed each year. It is also said that colonoscopies do not detect it. My gastroenterologist checked for it before he began the colonoscopy.
I hope other women follow your lead and make that appointment. Okay ladies, roll call. If you've had your colonoscopy chime in. If you havent and have made your appointment, let us know. Let's see how many we can recruit.
I'm usually on the Diabetes or Ostomy forums, but saw this topic and came in to say Hello and to stress the importance of regular colonoscopies.
In November 2004, my colonoscopy/biopsy showed a highly dysplasic anal ulcer. The surgeon was able to excise it by expanding the anus; bm's were normal and pain free within a couple of weeks.
To avoid my insurance deductible, I put off the annual followup colonoscopy till January 2006. In those 14 months I had developed rectal cancer on the anal verge. After APR surgery in February, I now have a permanent colostomy and a "Barbie butt" (anus/rectum removed and neat scar line).
Upside of this is that because of early detection the cancer was contained and had not invaded lymph... Stage I... no chemo/rad required... surviellance only. I am Truly Blessed!
Regular colonoscopies are a MUST. Get one yourself and encourage your family and friends to have them, too. It's not a difficult procedure; I've always been given a "twilight" sedative, and even the prep doesn't have to be awful .. if you ask, they'll give you pills or the 4 oz instead of the gallon!
Post Edited (wmnak) : 11/12/2006 11:32:21 AM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (wmnak) : 11/12/2006 11:33:11 AM (GMT-7)
Hi, Tammy ...
You'll know it, but you won't feel it. The sedative is usually enough to allow it to pass, but should you have difficulity the Dr can spray a numbing medication which works immediately.
Warren has an overactive gag reflex and sometimes needs the numbing spray if the sedation is very light. Personally, I want them to knock me out, do what they gotta do, wake me up and let me go out for breakfast! Since this is a fasting procedure, try to schedule it as early in the morning as possible.
Good Luck! Martha