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Unread 09-10-2002, 06:30 PM
concern about colonoscopy at 3 1/2 months post

It was recommended to me that I get a colonoscopy done because family history of colon cancer (dad, grandmother) and my endometrial cancer puts me in a higher risk group. Looks like many of you had a colonoscopy prior to your hysterectomy; when I talked to the doctor that would do it, she said it could be more difficult due to my recent surgery, and that if she had too much trouble she would stop before risking perforating the colon, and instead go with a barium enema. Now I'm concerned about having the colonoscopy, and wondering if any of you had one within a few months after surgery. If so, were there any problems? Now wishing I had gotten one done before the surgery . . . my gyn/onc mentioned it, but in a discussion about follow up care, and I was so focused on getting the cancer taken care of, I didn't question whether I should do that before. I'm always thankful for the info and advice I get on this site!
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Unread 09-10-2002, 08:27 PM
concern about colonoscopy at 3 1/2 months post

s to you

I have not had a colonoscopy myself. I did turn 50 in January and just questioned my gyn onc surgeon about my need for one. She said I should begin to think about it. I have read on other sites, that some women take copies of abdominal and pelvic CAT scans with them. That way the GI doc can be aware ahead of time of any strange twists or turns the colon may take. Certainly makes sense to me.
Best wishes.

Unread 09-10-2002, 08:42 PM
concern about colonoscopy at 3 1/2 months post

Hi CWilli, I had to have a colonoscopy at about two months post op because I had diverticulitis. I debated about whether to reply to your post, because my colonoscopy didn't go well. The DR ended up stopping at a sigmoidoscopy because the camera wouldn't go up very far, and sending me over to the castle for a barium enema (an hour later! , but on the bright side, at least I was already prepped). However, the reason the colonoscopy didn't work showed up in the barium enema: I have a 360 degree corkscrew turn in my colon just below the area where the diverticulitis was.

I want to reassure you that it won't be that bad. They gave me versed at the colonoscopy (love that stuff) so I wasn't uncomfortable at all. The DR obviously knew I was recently post op and was extremely gentle and careful, as it sounds like your DR plans to be. I didn't suffer any damage from either procedure, other than to my sense of dignity. And they did get good information from the tests "in the end" :lol"

Hope this helps.
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Unread 09-10-2002, 09:00 PM
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I had a colonoscopy before my hyst and I sure am glad that my dr. insisted on it. She wanted it also because of the family history of colon c and my endo c. It was clean. I was so stressed about it....another thing to worry about, but it was a breeze....of course this was before surgery. The prep the night before was the worst part. A friend had one done and her gastro doc gave her a bunch of pills and instructions to drink alot of water instead of the nu-lytley, which I will request at my next colonoscopy in five years.
Did your dr say anything about a possible link between your endo c and the family history of colon c?
Unread 09-11-2002, 07:56 PM
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Karenann, thanks for the suggestion about the CAT scans--I'll call my doctor and ask about doing that.

Linda, I am glad you replied, even though you had some problems. Helps to hear you came through OK even so. Don't know why I'm so worried about this--maybe cuz it is just so YUCKY!

Chris, yes, my doctor did say that there is a probable link between the endo-c I had and the colon-c in my family, so I should plan on regular colonoscopies. Hopefully, mine will be clean, too. My diet is far more healthy than that of my dad and my grandmother, so I'm hoping all the studies that say a good high fiber diet can protect you from colon cancer are right! I just picked up my nulytely stuff--gonna be rough drinking all of that in a short time--and I drink A LOT of water normally! Guess I'll survive, though, but maybe will ask about other options for the next one, too.

Thanks ladies! It is nice to have a place where you can ask about anything!
Unread 09-11-2002, 08:14 PM
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Are you having the colonoscopy done on 9-12? Be sure to post how everything goes. I will be thinking of you.
Unread 09-12-2002, 08:57 PM
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Chris, no the colonoscopy isn't until the 27th--but I will post after I get the results. No reason to expect they will find anything, but it scares me to think that it could happen.
Unread 09-13-2002, 04:54 AM
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I had a colonoscopy at 4 1/2 months and now that I'm reading this thread I realize what happened during it. I was on really light sedation so I was drowsily awake for it. It wasn't bad except for one moment that hurt as the doctor kept poking and poking to get around a "corner." I thought that was part of the normal deal, but now I bet I was unexpectedly "arranged" differently post-op.

It really wasn't a bad experience except for that moment. What I hated was the bowel prep. I finally quit on the last glass or so of Go-lytely because I was so nauseated--and I wasn't entirely cleaned out (I sure thought I was) and so there wasn't as good a view as their could have been on the camera. Next time I have one, I'm going to try to stick it out.

I really appreciate the reassurance of having had one.
Unread 09-15-2002, 12:29 PM
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Goshes, guess I have to kiss my gastro TWICE now! Sigh. She's the one who ordered the CT scan when my symptoms began which I thought were due to the Crohn's. The CT scan showed an apparent simple cyst on the left ovary.

Thanks to that CT scan my GP ordered an abdominal and transvaginal ultrasound and referred me to a gyn. (Have never been to a gyn).

Nothing real scarey in the ultrasound, but worrisome: enlarged uterus, minor fluid in the endometrial cavity, enlarged left ovary, tiny cyst-like appearance on the right ovary ....

Gastro ordered a colonoscopy and I gave her a rough time about it. Had one 3 years ago. No cancer in the family of any kind. Crohn's confined to the small bowel meaning no greater cancer risk than the general population .... had the scope 03 Sep and colon looked great. No sweat. I just now realize, reading these posts, that I should be darn grateful she insisted on this recent scope!!! Nothing like having to eat crow after giving her such a rough time about it. Sigh.

I've really not understood all the big twit about any of this. I saw the left cyst myself on the ultrasound. nice clear black, thin smooth walls, etc. etc. I didn't realize they are more worried about the minimal fluid in the endometrial cavity and WHY it can't get out. What the hay, PAP smears have always been negative.

Its beginning to sink in why the gyn discussed an endometrial biopsy in the future. Third ultrasound scheduled for 02 Oct, follow-up appt scheduled w/gastro 07 Oct (crow eating time!), 15 Oct follow up appt w/gyn for ultrasound results - except I'll pick them up 3 days after the ultrasounds after the report is transcribed. I always do so I have my questions ready for the follow-up appt.

Anyway, what I MEANT to comment on was the colonoscopy preps. Bear in mind that I have a partial obstruction in the small intestine at a resection site so I don't do well at all w/large volume of liquids. That being said, it wasn't the taste of the Lytely product, it was the sheer volume one has to drink in such a short amount of time. I was sicked than a dog and vomiting 1/2 way thru. NEVER AGAIN will I "do" any of the Lytely products. The one scripted for me was cherry flavored and to this day I can't handle ANYTHING cherry flavored. Nothing worse than vomiting something SWEET. Yeck!With the Visicol tabs you also have to drink a LOT of liquid in a short amount of time. So I won't even consider them because of my situation. If it is the TASTE that is most bothersome to you then the Visicol may well be the way to go.

What I've found to be much more preferable, given my situation, is the Magnesium Citrate prep or the PhosphoSoda prep. Nor do I follow the PhosphoSoda prep instructions to start w/2 Dulcolax tabs first.

I go on a clear liquid diet two days before the scope. (Ensure and Boost WITHOUT FIBER are considered clear liquids and can be taken up until the early evening before the scope - just make sure to pick the ones WITHOUT FIBER).

The early evening of the first day I take the first dose of PhosphoSoda or Magnesium Citrate. The nice thing about the Mag Cit (lemon-lime flavor, NOT cherry, sour NOT sweet!) is that you can take your time sipping the 10 ozs over say a 1/2 hour period. The PhosphoSoda you drink 3 ozs of the PS mixed w/4 ozs of water followed by 8 ozs of a clear liquid.

The next day is the clear liquid diet again and early evening the PS or Mag Cit again.

The secret is to drink plenty of liquids COMFORTABLY during the entire 2 days. The PS or Mag Cit will move them thru for you. My gut has always been squeaky clean, have seen the videos and monitor myself - squeaky clean.

Another nice thing is that you CAN take a scripted anti-nausea med if nausea and vomiting is a real problem for you. It does NOT interfere w/the cleansing.

These are all tips I learned from that wonderful gastro at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Ask the Specialist forum. They work!

So - waiting on the sidelines until early October - grrrrr. But at least the colonoscopy is behind me!!!
Unread 09-16-2002, 01:46 PM
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The stuff I read here is amazing. I had no idea there was a relationship between endo cancer and colon cancer. Guess I'm going for a colonoscopy. I've only been doing the smears even though my doctor says I should have a colonoscopy sooner rather than later. Time to follow my own advice (I should keep my mouth shut) - early detection is a life safer.

As usual, thanks ladies. Please don't ever tire of saving lifes. It's amazing.
and s,

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