How to enjoy the colonoscopy exam

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Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 2/14/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm having my first colonscopy in April and here's a clip of what I'm expecting (this is along a similar vein as the empathetic doctor cartoon that I posted earlier). I'm paying out of pocket and obviously expect more bang for the buck.
 
 
Follow the link, click on 'View It'...enjoy!


Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
 
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone 60mg - taper.

Post Edited (Rio in Maryland) : 2/14/2008 1:54:55 PM (GMT-7)


MitzMN
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   Posted 2/14/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Say, Rio, be sure to negotiate the cost with the hospital. Not sure you're aware if you're not insured (assuming you aren't insured and that's why you have to pay personally) that insurance companies routinely discount what they pay the doc/hospital for any procedure. I remember paying for my first colonoscopy (and it was like $2200) and the hospital said, "That's okay, you can pay it over time, like $300 a month." I thought that was generous. Once I got insurance, I realized I paid probably $500 to $1,000 more than the insurance company would have paid.

~grinding my teeth in frustration~

Be sure to ask for the insurance company price!!!

And good luck on the scope!

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 2/14/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Mitz,

Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely keep it in mind.


Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
 
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone 60mg - taper.


Another UC wife
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   Posted 2/14/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Rio - what a riot. I just called my husband in to see this....Lou Rawls was always a favorite of his. Too funny.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone   12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month


MitzMN
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   Posted 2/15/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
HOWL!!! That *IS* definitely a keeper, Rio.

Hope your scope today is just as "entertaining."

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


kazygirl
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   Posted 2/15/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
come to australia, its free and they knock you out cold. u wake up and its over.
good luck!!!
steph - 31 - female - diagnosed UC in 2000
it was all over the place in my colon... but not anymore!
last month and a half has been fabulous with no UC symptoms at all (after a year long painfully horrible flare) 
weaned off everything now i can't sleep  =(
but i love remission woohoo!
 
 


marty1976
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   Posted 2/16/2008 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Funny clip.Hope it goes well for you.Mines always seem to run smoothly.
                                     keep the faith 

         asacol/proctifoam/Zoton (lansoprazole)/propranalol



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pb4
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   Posted 2/16/2008 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
You don't pay out of pocket (so to speak) in Canada either, of course you have to be a citizen and be paying your provincial health care, but they knock you out cold here for colonoscopies for sure, with sigmoidoscopies it's your choice if you want to be awake or not, so you have to ask for sedation for that otherwise they'll likely just do it while you're awake.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 2/16/2008 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone.  I'm having the colonoscopy in April so there's still a couple of months to go.  I'm definitely going to get sedated for it.  I haven't got medical insurance yet in the USA (which is where I live most of the time) but I do have health coverage in the UK, so I'll try to get it done over there instead.
Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
 
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone 60mg - taper.

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