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I have decided Brian Enos' forum is not really an appropriate place for me to provide free medical advice.

Please take these matters up directly with your Doctor.

Thanks for all the free advice you did give. Probably saved a life or two!

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Had my first one scheduled a few weeks ago. It seems colonoscopies are "in" these days as the first opening is late January 2017.

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I had my colonoscopy last year, no big deal. The worst part is not eating for 24 hours before..I love my food! All clear here and she said she doesn't wanna see me back for 10 years...woo hoo!

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My doctors have nagged me to have a colonoscopy for years.

But recently they have let it drop, saying past a certain age it's no longer recommended.

Not sure what that means.

Uh, oh, I get it.

Ack.

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1 hour ago, g.willikers said:

My doctors have nagged me to have a colonoscopy for years.

But recently they have let it drop, saying past a certain age it's no longer recommended.

Not sure what that means.

Uh, oh, I get it.

Ack.

Don't buy any green banana's....

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Today was the day. Yesterday was the prep, mixed in 64 oz of Gatorade wasn't bad, but.... no food and above all no coffee for 24 hours was sheer horror. Worst migraine I remember. The procedure itself is the easy part. Watched the whole procedure live on the screen including removal of 1 tiny polyp. I should be good for 5 or 10 years depending on pathology. After 4 cups of coffee and 3 sandwiches my headache is gone now. 

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Had my first one yesterday at age 61. They removed 3 polyps and said I'm good to go. Waiting on lab results though.

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Had my last one done a couple of months ago, did it with out anesthetic this time so I could watch and see for myself what the inside looked/looks like.

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I diagnose about 1 per month in the ER. Talk to your doctor and get scoped. It’s not fun. I may save your life. 

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On ‎1‎/‎29‎/‎2017 at 7:46 PM, Steve RA said:

  did it with out anesthetic so I could see what the inside looks like.

 Probably a LOT like the outside ....   :rolleyes:

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Not really, I'm not anywhere near that pink on the outside !    :D

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Turned 50 in January, and had it the next week. My dad had some polyps removed, so my Dr. wouldn't let it slide. Prep was awful. 4L of "lemon-lime" something salty after 2 Dulcolax. Jello was all I could have for 24 hrs. Invest in the lotion toilet paper, trust me. Good to go for 5 yrs. My sleep was very restful, I know why Michael Jackson like Propofol so much now. I even had a dream.

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For most people it's better than the alternative !!      :rolleyes:

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Just had my third (and hopefully last) cololoscopy.    :ph34r:

 

Not as bad as the first two - getting used to it, I guess.

 

Found two polyps, both of which were benign.    :wub:

 

Planning on getting NO MORE of those - not sure I see the sense at

73 years old.    :) 

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You are probably good for one more !     :D

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Colonoscopy saved my father's life.

 

I've had a few...no problems.   Was lights out both times.

 

I was planning on scheduling one soon, but have to delay because the kidney that I had on back order arrived and is in its new home.

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Had my first one done 2 years ago at 35.  I have a family history grandam on dads side had lots of pollips removed over the years and dad had so many removed they had him do one every year for 5 years..

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I started this thread over eleven years ago, and I still find it amazing how much positive impact this thread has had for a lot of people here.  I greatly appreciate the feedback and kind words shared with me over the years.  

 

Every so often I will receive a private message asking for advice or to just share an experience.  I do enjoy hearing from people that appreciate my help.  I'll never ignore you, and I'll always do my best to help someone out.

 

Because I have been victimized so many times by malpractice attorneys,  I will no longer post medical advice on this forum.  I am happy help people privately though.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.  This forum has been wonderful to me in many ways, and I am happy to pay it forward in any way that I can.

 

Thank you,

Chris Martin, MD

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13 hours ago, CSEMARTIN said:

I started this thread over eleven years ago, and I still find it amazing how much positive impact this thread has had for a lot of people here.  I greatly appreciate the feedback and kind words shared with me over the years.  

 

Every so often I will receive a private message asking for advice or to just share an experience.  I do enjoy hearing from people that appreciate my help.  I'll never ignore you, and I'll always do my best to help someone out.

 

Because I have been victimized so many times by malpractice attorneys,  I will no longer post medical advice on this forum.  I am happy help people privately though.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.  This forum has been wonderful to me in many ways, and I am happy to pay it forward in any way that I can.

 

Thank you,

Chris Martin, MD

Thanks Doc!

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Happy to say , I just had one.. All good.

always thought about this thread.  Maybe we should call him the good Doctor. 

Dr, Martin thanks.

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FWIW, they now have a home-test for the low-risk people where you basically crap in a box and ship that to a lab to be tested.  Comes back negative, you can skip the scope for a while-- know there is a fairly large false-positive rate though.

 

 

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18 hours ago, shred said:

FWIW, they now have a home-test for the low-risk people where you basically crap in a box and ship that to a lab to be tested.  Comes back negative, you can skip the scope for a while-- know there is a fairly large false-positive rate though.

 

 

Here is a link to more information: https://www.cologuardtest.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9qj8l__u4wIVS77ACh3sHwAoEAAYASAAEgLI5_D_BwE

 

The false positive issue isn't a big deal as long as you follow up with a colonoscopy.  The problem I have with this test are the false negatives.  What should you do if your cologuard test is negative?  Is it really negative?

 

The gold standard is a colonoscopy.  I don't trust the at home test.

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