Colonoscopy/endoscopy fears

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   Posted 11/30/2017 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I am new here and need help,

I have been having abdominal pains, side pains, and back pains for about 7 months now. fluctuate between constipation and loose stools but no blood that I can see.. some mucus in stools occasionally. I had a pelvic and stomach scan in June and nothing was found. Had a pelvic ultrasound in october and was told I have 5 small cysts in my ovaries and have pcos. Whenever I have my cycle I bleed from both sides. (tmi sorry) I still have pain, seems like it is getting worse. I am also always dizzy. I just saw a GI and have a colonoscopy and endoscopy scheduled for this Monday. I am really scared for the procedure but most of all mostly scared that I have stomach or colon cancer. I am a 35 yr old female. do these symptoms resemble IBS or something more serious. I would appreciate any advice you can give me.

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   Posted 11/30/2017 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Natanda, take a deep breath & try to calm down. I know easier said than done sometimes. I have crohns disease & 3 years later UC got added in. I have had more scopes than I can remember. I seriously doubt you have cancer so please put that out of your mind. Your dr is doing the right thing by running tests to make a proper diagnosis IF there is any abnormality on the tests. None of us are drs, but you may have IBS, could be a possible intestinal infection or internal hemorrhoids since you have seen some blood. By the way, mucus in stools is normal. The procedure you will not remember, having to to do the prep is the hard part.

Let us know what you find out. Take care.
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   Posted 11/30/2017 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you very much straydog!

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   Posted 12/1/2017 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
It's smart to get it checked out and have a colonoscopy and upper-endoscopy. Unlikely to be cancer, but could be an infection, an IBS, or an IBD. Ditto none of us are doctors and without test results there is really no knowing if there is a problem or not.

I've had a lot of endoscopy over the years (colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopies). The prep is by far worse than the procedure itself. Most with IBS/IBD will say the same, survive the prep and it's a cakewalk. The prep being a potent laxative that you must drink, and you spend a number of hours on the toilet emptying out. Basically plan on not being more than an arms-length away from the toilet for hours, as you will go a lot and frequently. Sometimes you take take two courses of prep, one the night before, and one the morning of the procedure.

The colonoscopy procedure itself, involves you putting on a gown and going to sleep via anesthesia under hospital care. Next thing you know the procedure is over. You'll wake up and not remember the procedure at all. You will be a bit groggy as you come to, so it is recommended to have a family member, significant other, or close friend their to drive you home. He/she can also listen to what the doctor says he/she found during the procedure. As you will be a bit loopy due to the anesthesia for a hour or so afterwards.
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