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   Posted 9/19/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi friends,
This is my first post. I had a colonoscopy about 4 weeks ago and I just got the results in the mail. I'm kind of worried now. It says that they removed adenomatous (precancerous) polyps and that i have diverticulosis and colonic spasms. It also says in capital letters, "subtle changes suggestive of colitis were seen." I need a repeat colonoscopy in 2 years. Which I'm not look forward to in itself since the prep was sooo horrible and I don't even know if I will have insurance in 2 years.

I'm not really sure what this all means and I just really want some insight. They gave me a diet to follow, and I think I should go back to see the doctor and talk about my concerns in person. I'm 21 years old and female. I feel fine really, but I do experience bloody stools and occasional pain. What do you guys think?

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   Posted 9/19/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all, veryape, my sympathies are with you. I too have diverticulosis, as well as, UC. It's not a fun disease, but you learn to cope w/ it. Good news is, is that it's not life threatening. I would call you doctor and set up an appointment if for no other reason then to help put your mind at ease. What kind of meds did he perscribe? What kind of diet?

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   Posted 9/19/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell. Diverticulosis is a very common condition of the colon. It causes little outpouchings in the intestinal wall, sort of like a lot of tiny appendixes. Most people do develop some diverticuli as they get past 40, and some have them much earlier. For many people they're completely without symptoms, but in some they can get infected and cause problems. Some doctors recommend limiting the small seeds in your diet if you have symptomatic diverticulitis, and there may be other suggestions as well.

The fact that they found and removed polyps means it's a good thing you had the colonoscopy, and you should have them at regular intervals. Finding and removing the polyps tremendously reduces the chance that you'll ever develop colon cancer.

Changes suggestive of colitis probably aren't something you need worry too much about, but a really good subject to discuss with your doctor. Remember, there are numerous kinds of colitis and some of them are acute illnesses that are soon gone.

Good luck, and hope you soon have your worries set to rest.
Judy - Southern US 
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