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Unread 05-05-2005, 06:07 AM

Good Morning Ladies:

Ok really dumb question. As you all know I've been having a lot of problems since Feb. In the hospital, flush feeling, low grade temps (which are gone) flu like feeling... On many pills to fight this infection that is somewhere in my body.

I'm having a colonoscopy tomorrow (as the cramps/pain are awful) in my pelvis area.

What does a colonoscopy really show, can it be an infection in the colon causing me all this?????????

At this point I hope that find something, fix it and my life will go on, I can't take much more of this....

I did have a ct scan, ultersound, pap, all AOK....I saw a surgon that said he will talk to me after this to see if I should have a "LAP" but he feels he will find "NOTHING"...The gyno I saw was a total jerk and said he would not touch me as I had a total Hys. really jerk...

Thanks ladies off to eat my JELLO...
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Unread 05-05-2005, 07:56 AM


Wow ... some spank from me for your doctors!

First, I get pretty teed off at the docs who don't explain why patients are having a particular test. Colonscopy will evaluate the inside of your colon. They will be looking for any type of irregularities such as excess mucous, growths, inflammation, bleeding. Any findings will hopefully lead to a correct diagnosis. It will probably be filmed and they may take some still photos for you to see later.

Second, with this gyn and his comment. I think we all can agree that he's not the right gyn for you. IMHO, a gyn that says you've had a total hyst so you don't need a gyn is probably not the best one to rely on to screen you for breast cancer, vaginal cancer, bladder matters or work thru any hormone issues. You still have many parts that benefit from regular checkups with a gyn. A good internist or GP might also do a great job with these checks, but a gyn is a specialist in these areas. Since for me its the same cost either way ... I'd prefer to go to a gyn. But then again, my gyn is a nice man.

I wish you the best possible outcome with your colonoscopy. Mine have been painless. The prep being the by far worst part. Couple of tips for that ... get a good book to read and just park in the bathroom for awhile. Also, might consider some A&D ointment in case you find yourself chapped. (I chap easy). Also, I found it helpful to keep a squirt bottle with warm water handy to rinse instead of just using paper to clean.

Lots of s
Unread 05-05-2005, 11:17 AM

Thank you so much for the email...

yes eating my BROTH as I type this, YUCK...

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Unread 05-05-2005, 11:39 AM


Also, your colonoscopy could potentially show any constrictions or narrowed areas in the colon. That's what happened in Marian's case. Her GI doctor was unable to completely get the scope through, which indicated a kink in her colon. Like Michelle's, my colonoscopy was uneventful. I never even knew what was going on, thank goodness! And, by far, the worst is definitely the prep!! Good Lord, I thought I'd NEVER start going and my belly was swollen like a big balloon. But once I did start, I thought I'd never stop! How could we have that much stuff in us?? Michelle - thanks for the tip on the squirt bottle. That's an excellent idea!! Someone suggested some of those Tucks pads to me, too, but your idea is a lot less expensive!
Unread 05-05-2005, 12:17 PM

yup I get to drink this 3oz stuff starting at 5:00pm and again at 7:00pm...Toda is just jello, broth, liquids, and I'm really

But it will be worth it, if they get to the bottom of this MESS.....
Unread 05-05-2005, 12:34 PM

I had two colonoscopies for bleeding before I had my TAH. By far the worst part was the prep. I HATE phosphosoda!!!!! (spell ?)
My advice is just slug it down.
I made popsicles out of apple juice the second time and I lived on broth because I need something other than sweet or I don't feel so well.
The actual procedure was fine- the first time they gave me an IV which relaxed me and the nurse held my hand and I had a gentle GI Doc. I watched the camera the whole time and it was kind of cool to boldly view where no man has viewed before.
They removed a polyp and that was that -other than waiting to pass gas to come home.
The second time they gave me demerol and put me all the way out which made me throw up the rest of the day.
I'm 41 and will have to do this again of course so I will definitely ask to be awake in the future!
Best of luck and look forward to your first meal after- it's the best!
Unread 05-06-2005, 01:35 AM

yep the prep is the worst. just had my first colonoscopy tues. everything checked out good, the only thing is ive been in terrible pain since january w/ it getting increasingly more painful to have bm. im 15 mo. postop feeling like everythings gonna fallout between my legs. FUNNY , THE GYN I STARTED SEEING IN JAN.(MY SURGEON GRADUATED)WROTE ME OFF IN MARCH SAYING SINCE I DIDNT HAVE ANY FEMALE PARTS THAT ANYTHING WRONG W/ ME WOULDNT FALL IN HER LINE OF.....VERY FRUSTRATING A BLOW TO YOUR SELF EVERYTHING
Unread 05-06-2005, 07:59 AM


Please let us know what you find out from the colonoscopy.


A from me for your gyn. I'm sorry you have been treated dismissively. I just wonder where these uncaring doctors went to medical school? While I respect doctors who refer patients for problems that they can not fix, I have no tolerance for patient dumping. Its one thing to refer a patient for further care and stay involved. Its another to wash your hands and give up.

Here's how nice doctors behave. I share this to give hope to all that there are some really great docs out there. I went to an endo specialist to look for more options (with the support of my gyn even though it was my idea). The endo specialist wrote me a note the other day asking where I was. So, I wrote him back a nice thank you and told him that since the additional options I hoped for just don't exist that I have chosen to remain in the care of my gyn. I received another letter yesterday from the specialist which encouraged me to stay in his care and call anytime I had concerns, medical or emotional. WOW.

I've had a dismissive, uncaring, jerk as a gyn ... in fact he was my first gyn so I did not know this wasn't normal. Later when I found a nice doctor, I was in shock. I feel bad when I come here and see my sisters dealing with doctors who behave badly. I can only hope and that you all find a who is an After all, they work for us!!!
Unread 05-06-2005, 10:56 AM

thanks for your support i really need it right now, aside from this set back , my significant other has been cheating on me since dec., he was my buddy, n now i feel so alonefor the first time in over 4+ years ive got no side kck,no support,sssooooo lonely
Unread 05-06-2005, 04:51 PM

I hope the colonscopy went okay today and everything is okay. For me, the prep was the worst part of the entire process. I had some mild pain with the procedure, but it was nothing compared to the pain I had drinking the golytlely stuff.

Let us know how you're doing and the results of your test when you're up to it.

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