So I just got back from my first gastro appointment

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BumBum81
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   Posted 10/7/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I came prepared with all my symptoms written down, all of my latest test results and lab results... the doc was very impressed with me and wished more patients would be so thorough!! So I am scheduled for an endoscopy next Tuesday and a colonoscopy for the 29th (ugh). He says he will do a biopsy from my stomach while in there. He's concerned about the length of time that I've been having trouble (my heartburn and constant diarrhea) and has given me a script for Prevacid. So here goes to a fun month!! Wish me luck!!
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scared2getsick
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   Posted 10/7/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck dear. I truly hope you and the doc find the source and cure it.
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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BumBum,
Well, it's good you're getting some tests done and out of the way. I'm just wondering why you're not having both scopes done at the same time. Did your doc explain?

By the way, don't worry about either scope too much. Worst part is prepping for the colonoscopy. Once that is over, the procedures are a breeze (for most).
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   Posted 10/8/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I was thinking the same thing, why aren't you having both tests at once?

If you have co-pays, you might want to see if you can have them both at the same time.

Don't worry about the biopsy, it sounds scary but you wouldn't know you had it if they didn't tell you.

I hope you feel better soon.

BumBum81
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   Posted 10/9/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm really not sure why they are done at different times to be honest. I didn't even think about it when the lady was scheduling me. She just scheduled the endo and then asked me when I would like to come back for the colonoscopy. I think I prefer to go two different times; the idea of laying on a table like a shish-ka-bob is kinda too much!! tongue
"Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now, in this instant of time. From this moment onward you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed." Eileen Caddy
 
Diagnosed: Anxiety/Panic Attacks, Depression, Allergies
Had gallbladder removed 10/2005
Quit smoking 10/2005 YAY!!
Medications: Klonopin 1.5mg daily, Celexa 30mg daily, Singulair, Rhinocort, Multi-Vitamin and Calcium


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   Posted 10/9/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL shish-ka-bob

It’s not like that, I don’t think. They do the EGD first, then they flip you around and do your rear. I like to just get it out of the way. You suffer with the starving and pooping just once and you miss just 1 day of work. Besides, they knock you out pretty good for the colonoscopy. I knew it would come in handy with the EGD.

To each his own though. Bum, you do what you feel is best. Just keep us posted. :-)
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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/9/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
There are no Doctor were I live that do them both at the same time. Kaiser does and that is reason enough for me to do it seperately. I know people say it is fine and some good doctors in other parts of the country do but both my nurse friends say they would do them seperately from their experience in OP surgery. Frankly, I think it is more about money as they get more money doing them seperately and in my city the Drs own the one OP surgery center.

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   Posted 10/9/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm... Canyon, you got me thinking. I know you and I live in the same area. I had both scopes done at the same time in Santa Clara by a Stanford GI doc. I feel like BumBum is the 1st person who's mentioned doing it separately. I could be wrong though.

Now I'm curious. I will have to research it. (Later though, tonight I'm going to Idaho for the weekend.)
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   Posted 10/9/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always had them done at the same time if I was having both. I've had them on the east coast and the southwest and all the docs did both at the same time. There is always a risk (even though it is slight) whenever they give you anesthesia so why do it twice.

They get a lot more money if they do them seperately especially if they own the surgery center. It's two charges instead of one for everything.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/9/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I live in Fremont and none of the Doctors outside Kaiser will do them together. My Gastro was a Stanford assistant professor or something but he does own the surgery center with another Doctor. However, the hospital surgery center doesn't do them together either and that is different Doctors. I can understand in my case because of my lungs they don't like to keep me sedated long but this doesn't just apply to me as I have asked. My friends like i mentioned that are nurses said they wouldn't want them done at the same time but I have to tell you they are the weeniest people I know when it comes to medical tests. I really think it is all about money with the Doctors here. Actually they charge a lot but Medicare doesn't pay much.

BumBum81
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   Posted 10/11/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on the East Coast, NY actually. And from what I'm guessing, the doc who ordered the tests probably does own part of his practice and the operation center, they are across from each other in this medical pavillion. My mom is like, super shocked that I'm not going to a hospital for these procedures, but the practice has it's own outpatient operation clinic. I would think this would be cheaper than a hospital visit too. Has anyone else had either procedure done outside of a hospital? 
"Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now, in this instant of time. From this moment onward you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed." Eileen Caddy
 
Diagnosed: Anxiety/Panic Attacks, Depression, Allergies
Had gallbladder removed 10/2005
Quit smoking 10/2005 YAY!!
Medications: Klonopin 1.5mg daily, Celexa 30mg daily, Singulair, Rhinocort, Multi-Vitamin and Calcium


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/11/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
It is never done in a hospital where I live unless you are already a patient there. This is an easy proceedure and the endo takes maybe 15 minutes and the colonoscopy maybe 25 at most. They just line you up on the gurneys, hook you up to an IV and you go in one by one. You will be ready to go home in less than a half hour after but you must have someone pick you up cause you are not allowed to drive (though I could have) This is no big thing. We have two outpatient centers where I live. It is the same place they do cataract surgery, cosmetic surgery and many other surgeries that don't require overnight stays. This is a proceedure, not an operation even. Your Mom is just a concerned Mom but tell her it is the normal proceedure.

BumBum81
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   Posted 10/12/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, you've definitely made me feel better!! Yea, on the packets they gave me for each procedure they wrote on a seperate sheet, in big bold letters "Someone must drive you home after your procedure!!" Thank goodness I have the very best boyfriend in the world who will take wonderful care of me, like always!! She had an endo done once as well, but a long time ago, I guess when they only did the procedure in hospitals. You are completely asleep for endo correct? I remember having a sigmoidoscopy in my late teens and I was awake for that.
"Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now, in this instant of time. From this moment onward you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed." Eileen Caddy
 
Diagnosed: Anxiety/Panic Attacks, Depression, Allergies
Had gallbladder removed 10/2005
Quit smoking 10/2005 YAY!!
Medications: Klonopin 1.5mg daily, Celexa 30mg daily, Singulair, Rhinocort, Multi-Vitamin and Calcium


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/12/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
When I have my endo's which is every two years the last thing I remember is turning on my side. Last year I vaguely felt something move in my stomach or somewhere but not enough to be uncomfortable and then I was under again. I have never been awake for one, though my Mom was when she had one done in the hospital years ago. Many years ago, in fact she was sitting in a chair she told me and the Doctor was explaing it to students. I was furious as she was not young then and I would think that you should have to give your permission. That was over 30 years ago and things have changed but I was scare to death for my first which was about 25 years ago and I was out for that one so no worry. People can request not to be put out as it doesn't hurt, I guess, but no me. You will be fine. Sigmoids you are not out for and some people aren't out even for colonscopies but with the exception of one I always have been. I won't go thru that again awake.

BumBum81
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   Posted 10/13/2008 4:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Canyonbabe for all the info and making me feel a little more comfortable about the whole thing!! Tomorrow should go smooth!!
"Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now, in this instant of time. From this moment onward you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed." Eileen Caddy
 
Diagnosed: Anxiety/Panic Attacks, Depression, Allergies
Had gallbladder removed 10/2005
Quit smoking 10/2005 YAY!!
Medications: Klonopin 1.5mg daily, Celexa 30mg daily, Singulair, Rhinocort, Multi-Vitamin and Calcium

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