Need colonoscopy at 30

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   Posted 9/11/2017 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
After several episodes of rectal bleeding I went to the doctor and she performed a digital rectal exam. She said my stool was dark and that she could not feel any piles. The next step is a colonoscopy. I'm extremely afraid of the bowel preparation, the putting me to sleep with the needle, the scope going all the way up my insides, and of course the result.... I'm horrified about the test and the results. Any words of advice?

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   Posted 9/12/2017 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   

I have a colonoscopy coming up on the 26th for the same reason as you and I'm also worried but I've been told the procedure is actually not to bad.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


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   Posted 9/12/2017 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning both,

I have had 2 of these bad boys, they give you a sedative before the procedure and its almost like your too drunk to even realise what they are doing. I doubt they will put you asleep.

The procedure is honestly nothing, the prep is also a breeze, just do as the instructions say.

By the way I am also 30 and have Crohns Colitis

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   Posted 9/12/2017 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   

I have had 2 colonoscopies. They are not bad. They give you a cleaning out liquid to drink the day before. Some people think this is the worst part, because the liquid is kind of gross. I found that if I held my nose as I drank, it didn't taste as bad.

They will put you on some sort of sedative for the procedure, and you honestly won't feel a thing. By the way, I also had an endoscopy at the same time, when they put a tube through your nose or mouth. No pain or discomfort.

The only thing that might happen during the colonscopy is you feel gassy and like you need to pass gas. The doctor will tell you just to deep breathe for a minute.

As far as the results, my doctor found a pre-cancerous portion of my large intestine which he cut out and which didn't show up on the 2nd colonoscopy.

I had the procedures because my sister died of colon cancer (untreated).

I hope your result is positive. If it is not, at least you will know what you're dealing with, and can begin treatment. My knowledge of colon cancer is that it is highly treatable. Also, it might be something much more minor than that.

Keep sharing your fears. That is what Healing Well is about, at least in part.

I wish you all good luck!

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   Posted 9/12/2017 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi WW,

I understand your fears...not because I believe you have anything to worry about...but just because I too am wired up similarly and phobic of such medical tests.

So I am sending support your way!

I think that explaining to your doctor how you are feeling is important. There may be something he/she can say or do to help put your mind at ease, pre-procedure.

Let us know when you start your prep, so we can keep you in support.


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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its empties today of its strength."
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   Posted 9/13/2017 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   

I had my first colonoscopy 3 years ago at 34 and I'm so glad I did!! My next is in 2 months because we discovered colon polyps that had I not found could've become cancer some day. Now that we know I had them and do follow ups, it's likely that colon cancer will never be an issue for me because I would catch it so early on.

The prep isn't terrible. I drank mine with yellow Gatorade and that totally helped! You honestly have to laugh because the amount of pooping you'll do is hilarious. Also, try to eat light for a couple days before the prep and it'll be more comfortable!

The sedative they give you is no biggie and you wake up and just have to pass gas. I'm not dreading mine at all. The worst part is you basically don't sleep because you're up pooping all night, so just have a bunch of stuff to watch on tv!
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