Colonoscopy party comming right up, sir!

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   Posted 12/4/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Forum,

Say, I have red a few posts about colonoscopy and peoples that had it and people that are going to have it.

even reading that, for most of those who passed it, it was easy and fine, (except the prep the first day, i know,,
its a living hell!) still, I am, euh, let's say, scared of it, but, i am even more TERRIFIED of what they could find down the
underground pipes. confused cry

You see, I am scheduled to go pass a colonoscopy the 5 of January (what a great time to start the new year) because
I told my GP that I sometimes have streaks of red bright blood on my feces and that, each times it happens, each times, I
have a swollen (scuse me) anus along with burning pain, buldging of somethings, itchiness and a sensation of fullness that
only some people that goes to a certain parade every year would appreciate, etc.... never have i blood without theses symptoms.
I know that I have been diagnosed with Hemorroids since quite a while, and, they seems to be quiet for weeks, even months
and then they come visit me...(I guess they miss my company, I am so loveable and friendly...

So, like I said, I am ulltra-scared of the possible findings down there and the idea of the colonoscopy is, lets say,
not my idea of a fun time. now, a few questions IF i may:

1- Fresh streaks of red bright blood on feces always accompagned with their friends, burnings and swollen,
buldgings, itchiness... does it means that I have more chances that it is only hemorroids, fissures and benigns
stuffs or cancer or another of those fun intestinal deceases?

2- Colon cancer symptoms: does the blood you find in your feces are obligatory Dark, Black, Tarry OR
can it also be right fresh red?

3- I am not sure of what the doc said he will give me as a drug to stone me during the procedure, maybe its the
same he gave me when I passed a scope years ago down my eosophagous (sorry of the misspell) but, to take
the EDGE of going to the hospital that morning of my colonoscopy party, does somebody knows if I could
take one or two CLONAZEPAM to calm me down? (believe me, i know i will need something...). I ask because
i wonder if there could be some bad interactions beetween the drug to stone me and the Clonazepam.

So, needdless to say that I am freaking out of what the doc can find and I highly hope that its only thoses
pesky hemorroids. ( I say pesky now but if the doc concludes that its only hemorroids, i will call them friendly in
the future, trust me!)

Hope somebody can provide me with some answers, some encouragements and hope, because i really need it!

PS: sorry for my corny and sarcastic humor, its the only way I found to try to calm down besides drugs when I am that nervous...


Thanks a lot!!

Frenchie the coward turn

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   Posted 12/4/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
You need to ask your doc about any meds you plan to take before your procedure. If they let you take the clonazepam, make sure you remind everyone that comes near you that you took them. Your doc is the only one that can tell you what is safe for you to take since your doc is the only one that knows what they will be giving you during the procedure.

Colon cancer can have no symptoms at all in the early stages so having or not having symptoms won't tell you anything. Bright red blood can be caused by a lot of things and most of them are not cancer.

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   Posted 12/5/2009 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dagger,

Nice to meet you! I appreciate your advices concerning the meds mixing.

And thank you for your comment about symptoms of cancer, blood and all that.... gives me hope and encouragements! :-)


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   Posted 12/5/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Frenchster - or should I say jokester? LOL

Well this is a new twist on preparing for a person's first colonoscopy. Humor. Keep it handy, the prep isn't fun. The actual test is nothing to be nervous about. I was though, for my first procedure. I would not listen to anyone (doctor, prep nurse, etc.). I was shaking like crazy going into it. But honestly, it really was nothing to stress out about. You are sedated and do not feel a thing.

Over here in the US, doctors recommend a prep type and schedule they prefer. Some have you start the laxatives at 1 pm and some at 5. Sometimes a patient can work a full day, the day before a procedure but they must remain on a liquid diet the day before (which may be difficult while trying to work, I get an instant headache if I do not eat each morning). You might want to try a soft diet the day before your prep so the prep doesn't have to work as hard to clean out the colon. Keep track of how many fluids you consume the prep day, once I begin the laxatives I am nauseous and do not want to keep drinking. So I try to consume the bulk of my liquid intake before the first laxative dose starts.

The day of the procedure you cannot have anything by mouth (NPO), you can brush your teeth but with minimal water. No gum, no mints. You report for the test, change into a hospital gown, are given an IV. They will ask you your medical history and a lot of questions. Write down any meds you've taken recently, this is important info. Also any symptoms the GI doctor would need to know. You are wheeled to the procedure room and given the sedative in your IV. Sometimes I ask for Phenerghan (sp?) in my IV because I am usually very, very nauseous and headachy going into a procedure. This med settles your stomach and induces a drowsy effect (another benefit!). Once you are given the sedative, they begin the procedure. The next thing you know you're waking up in the recovery room, sometimes wondering when they'll start the test. It seems as if mere minutes have passed by. My advice is to easy on liquids, they will offer you juice, water, soda drinks. I downed an entire class of Coca-cola once but it all came back up 10 minutes later, after of course I had dressed to go home. What a mess. Now I sip water (about 1/4 cup at the most). A nurse told me once to wait until the IV bag is almost empty, this helps in rehydrating your body too. I have pretended to be sleeping while this bag drips and empties. LOL Once I know I'm not going to be physically sick, the bag is empty, then I dress and my husband drives us home. I also pack a chilled water bottle and a small zip lock bag of Club Crackers to sip and munch on the way home. Both - small amounts of water and small amounts of saltines really help with my nausea problem. Bring sunglasses too. I go straight to bed when I get home but keep a tall glass of water with ice or Pepsi with ice and a small bowl of more crackers by my bedside. I tend to wake up every 30 min. or so. Each time I sip and eat some more. After a few hours I'm ready for a light meal - I prefer 1/2 turkey sub or sandwich and a small bowl of soup. Then resume napping. By dinner, I am ready for a full sized meal and am more alert.

You will also pass a lot of gas after the procedure, all normal. It feels like regular gas but it's not. No odor. Quite embarrassing. Some people like to go out to eat after a procedure. I have never felt that good or comfortable with passing this pent up air that they pump into the GI tract to see better, in public. I'd be mortified if we were sitting near other people and I was letting this gas just rip. LOL

So this is how I prepare, get thru prep, recovery and the resume eating after a procedure. I've had about 10 of them.

I wish you my best.

- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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   Posted 12/5/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Peter - you docs just crack me up. Pictures! LOL!!!

After my takedown and my first post-op check (Flex-sig), my GI doc kept saying what an excellent job my surgeon did with my resection (removing 90% of my sigmoid, piecing me back together). He was so happy for me and kept saying to his nurses, look here, look there, finally he said - Mary, you really need to see this! open your eyes!

I said - are you crazy? I do not want to see what was done to me! Just tell me I'm all clear (I was, I haven't had any polyp benign or malignant since 1999!).

I have never looked - LOL.

Maybe some patients want to look..... not me.

I didn't look when my babies were crowning either - okay, now I've cleared the room of all men, right? LOL I think I was in denial I was in actual labor until they handed me the babies.

Sometimes it's nice to be able to close your eyes.

But that is a very helpful link just the same. You bring a lot of info to this forum. But I just had to give you a polite shake of my index finger, for the pictures link.

- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

Post Edited (Marsky) : 12/5/2009 5:08:00 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marsky,

Nice to meet you!! yes, haha, well, jokester, yes, in a way, and, I use my humour sometimes to, lets say, try to find courage, but, believe me,
i am not always funny and my humour in bad times doesn't always work, Oh non!! . specially about this Colonoscopy thing AND, even worse, WHAT
the Doctor can find!! sad in fact, I am terrified just thinking at WHAT he can find,,,

But, euh, i try to encourage myself thinking that, with my symptoms, that its only bad cases of Piles and maybe also Fissures that I had a
few times in the past! ouch! sad and also, like Dagger said: Bright red blood can be caused by a lot of things and most of them are not cancer.

So, I am thankful of your encouragements. :-)

So, as i see, Marsky, you had your share plenty in this subject eh? I find you very courageous! and, by your clear explanation, I see that the PREP
is worse than the procedure, eh?! I thank you very much for your explanations, advices and encouragements! wink

ibs-help-online, Thanks a lot for your link on the colonoscopy, i will go peek! smilewinkgrin

Also, i wonder if some other members of this forum had the same symptoms as me and if they had it official that it was only piles? of course, I also
understand that EVEN if my problem is only Piles, that the Doc can find polyps and take them out on time... sheesh.. i hope so!

Thanks to all of you here, I appreciate very much! :-)


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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 1/6/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there forum,

First of all, I wish you all a happy new year and the best of health ! :-)

Now, an update on my colonoscopy of yesterday. you people who told me that it is not
so bad, you are right! (but, i have to be honest, i have been stoned down big time with the
drug by my Doctor. the only things I remember are when I entered the room with my IV in the arm,
the doctor saying : hello Serge, how are ya today? with a big grin on his face! I then replied that
I was a pack-o-nerves and kinda anxious while the nusre, i assume, was putting my IV cord to
the drug bag or whatever you call it. while that, i was so nervous that I asked the doctor a stupid
question as a joke like:, say, Doctor, the way I see it with the tv screen and the gizmo cord with a
light, it seems to me that you are going to play ASS NINTENDO, right?, the good doctor and the
nurse laughed out loud as I did, and then, bye bye birdie, good luck and good nite.

I have absolutely no recollection of what has been done, absolutely not niet, que dale, nada.
complete amn├ęsia! I only remember waking up in a bed with a super pretty nurse giving me a
cookie and a small cup of apple juice. man, she was pretty, all right!

And then, my wife was waiting not far away and, i think i remember seen her close to
the bed and talking to me, but, you see, i was so drugged-out that I am not sure If i had
dreamed that. also, i kinda remember the doctor coming too explaining that my result
was positive, but, its so strange.... I am still not sure,,,

After a while, i remember my wife helping me walk to change in my clothes and taking
my bag to the car. then, home and more ZZZZZ.....

But, hey, fantastic news, i have no polyps, no tumor, no nuthin!! a healthy colon! :-))
I am super-happy about that like you have no idea!!! so, I assume that my occasional
bleedings are due to hemorroids!!

But, strangely, since yesterday, i have a hiccup problem. I am one who very very rarely
have hiccup, almost never. now, since my test, not long after leaving the hospital, I have bouts
of hiccups, it comes and goes. only cup of hot water seems to help for a while, but, it comes
back again.

Does somebody else on the forum here had this strange occuring after a colonoscopy?
Could it be related to the anesthesia or the drug used? assuming that the word is anesthesia
or sedation, i am not sure of the difference! its very strange to me as I am not used to it and
I am pretty annoyed about it! I'd like to find a way to stop that... confused

Anyways, in my case, for 2010, it is REALLY a happy new rear! tongue

Thanks a lot for my long comment AND thanks a lot for your supports and advices,
I now see that you were right and that i worked me up for nothing!!

Frenster (who is very relieved)...
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