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Saturday, March 09, 2019

In my last blog I reported to ya'll the results I received in the mail from my colonoscopy. I mentioned some concerns I had with the results so I decided to make an appointment with my doctor for a consultation to discuss them and here is what my doctor said:

In short, my concerns about not waiting 3 years for my next colonoscopy were verified. My doctor suggested that we go ahead to schedule another one in 2 years just for "peace of mind" on my part, and then make a determination from that result whether we can put it off one more year after that one. So, while I am not thrilled about having to go back sooner for my next one, I would rather be safe than sorry. Here's the GREAT news! He can and will prescribe a "gentler" prep for my next one. Apparently, there are several forms of prep so, talk to your doctor about this and select the one that suits you best. ( Before this, I didn't know I had a choice.) I plan to have a little talk with the nurse practitioner who prescribed my last prep and ask why she didn't mention this fact to me.

Okay, so I would also like to share with anyone that is interested... according to my doctor, there is NO way to prevent a polyp in the colon and there are no symptoms if you have a cancerous one. Yes, it is good to eat a healthy diet including fiber and exercise, but that does not prevent polyps. That is why it is so imperative to have a colonoscopy(s); especially after the age of 50 or if there has been a family member with colon cancer. So, please take it from me. Despite my moaning about the prep involved, it is well worth it. I hope all this info can help someone else who has been putting it off or thinking it isn't important to have a colonoscopy!

"And, that's all I have to say about that!" --Forrest Gump
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    Hi Marcie,

    I'm glad you posted this. If it helps just one person, it's worth it. I put off having colonoscopy long past the recommended age. I'd heard so many stories about people sitting on the toilet all night during the prep it put me off. No one ever said that it's not like having diarrhea with an illness. I thought the prep would mean abdominal cramps and generally feeling "shi**y" (pun intended). It didn't. It wasn't nearly as bad as I'd expected! Yes, you have to be near the toilet, and the prep liquid I had tasted icky (I've learned some are better and taste can be somewhat camouflaged though), but the whole thing really wasn't so bad. No qualms now about having another.

    Hope you're feeling well and enjoying some nice weather. emoticon
    574 days ago
    Good job talking to your doctor. Don't be afraid to do it, no matter what the question.
    602 days ago
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