I am getting freaked out about my upcoming colonoscopy.
Quick recap: I've had ulcerative proctitis for almost 7 years. For most of those 7 years, I have been flaring. Sometimes just a little mucus, sometimes mucus and blood, sometimes just blood. I have probably been flaring about 75% of the time.
Anyway, seven doctors later, I am finally getting another colonoscopy - I have not had one since I was diagnosed in 2001.
All kinds of thoughts have been running through my mind. I am getting scared and starting to think and wonder why nothing has worked longer than 5 months, the longest remission I have ever had.
I have read that the longer you have IBD and flare that your risk for cancer goes up, and that just makes the wheels in my head turn. But then I have also read that if the disease is limited to your rectum, than your chance of developing cancer is not that much higher than the general population. But, it's been almost seven years since my last scope.
Anyway, 90% of the time I don't have any pain. If I do have pain, it's just a little dull ache that comes and goes. I don't have diarrhea. My stools are pretty close to perfect when I take my fiber.
Anyway, very sorry about the whining. I am just really starting to worry. And I don't even know if the doc is going to come in and talk to me after the scope or not. I forgot to ask, but I will before I have the scope. If he doesn't, I am not going to have any idea what things look like until 2-4 days after the scope when someone calls me with the results. And that would really stink because let's face it, doctors are never in that big of a hurry. So, I am thinking it will be 4 days. Since my scope is on a Wednesday, I will have to wait all weekend! So, I am actually probably going to be worrying/wondering for SIX days!!!