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Old 07-22-2005, 09:53 PM   #21
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I know a coworker that had his colon punctured. He was in the hospital for awhile.
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I know a coworker that had his colon punctured. He was in the hospital for awhile.
I thought that only happened in prison!

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Old 07-22-2005, 10:44 PM   #23
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I had one when I turned 50. I agree that the worst part was the prep. I thought it would be neat to watch the procedure and I can remember asking the doctor to wait just a minute two times and when I woke up everything was over. I guess he had enough of my wanting to wait!!! DH is 2 yrs older than me and he still has not had one. I guess I need to get him in for this, but I am sure he wants no part of it. I had a brother die of cancer at 45 years old and if I do get cancer I want it to be caught early for a better chance of recovery.

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Old 07-22-2005, 11:03 PM   #24
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<<<I had a brother die of cancer at 45 years old and if I do get cancer I want it to be caught early for a better chance of recovery.>>>

Yea, I almost blew off the MRI for my hearing problem which turned up an unrelated brain aneurysm. Before that I had never had a serious health problem.

I must say though the term, "non invasive" is very appealing, especially when dealing with certain parts of the anatomy.

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Old 07-23-2005, 06:41 AM   #25
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<<<I had a brother die of cancer at 45 years old and if I do get cancer I want it to be caught early for a better chance of recovery.>>>

Yea, I almost blew off the MRI for my hearing problem which turned up an unrelated brain aneurysm.* Before that I had never had a serious health problem.

I must say though the term, "non invasive" is very appealing, especially when dealing with certain parts of the anatomy.

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I have had lots of non-invasive tests and they are devloping more all
the time. I am not interested in the other more intensive (risky/expensive)
stuff. I am 60 now and have excellent genes, so I am rolling the dice
instead of having them biopsy all major organs looking for trouble.
After all, if you look long enough you will find a problem. In very many
cases it is just something else to woory about.

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I thought that only happened in prison!*

Geez, I'm really looking forward to my golden years after this thread!* :P
There is hardly a field where Murphy's Law is more applicable than medicine.

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Old 07-23-2005, 09:33 AM   #27
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I've had a sigmoidoscopy (sp?) which is the less invasive procedure where you are not put under.* They allow you to look at the progress on the monitor which is facinating.* While the gas pain during was sometimes intense, the gas pain afterwards was worse (for me).* I ended up driving home in a torrental rain storm with intense pain for 10 seconds which reoccured every minute.* It took a couple of hours before the pains completely subsided.* I'm glad I didn't plan a feast!*
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Thanks for all the replies. Although I had been due for one since age 50 I had been avoiding it. I am a kidney/pancreas transplant patient (9 years ago) with no transplant related problems until year 8.5 when my new transplanted pancreas quit working on me. I am trying to qualify to get on the pancreas transplant list and in order to do so need a battery of tests, one of which is the colonoscopy. So I can't put it off any longer.

My gastroenterologist, who has a very good reputation, says I was due anyway because of my age. He told me that one in a thousand results in puncture or other injury requiring surgery. Due to my medical condition (reduced kidney capacity) he has prescribed the two liters of prep drink and pills combo instead of the gallon of prep drink only. Also, he said that the anesthesia would be the completely unconscious kind, which sounds good to me.

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Thanks for all the replies.* Although I had been due for one since age 50 I had been avoiding it.* I am a kidney/pancreas transplant patient (9 years ago) with no transplant related problems until year 8.5 when my new transplanted pancreas quit working on me.* I am trying to qualify to get on the pancreas transplant list and in order to do so need a battery of tests, one of which is the colonoscopy.* So I can't put it off any longer.

My gastroenterologist, who has a very good reputation, says I was due anyway because of my age.* He told me that one in a thousand results in puncture or other injury requiring surgery.* Due to my medical condition (reduced kidney capacity) he has prescribed the two liters of prep drink and pills combo instead of the gallon of prep drink only.* Also, he said that the anesthesia would be the completely unconscious kind, which sounds good to me.

Mike D. - who has three kidneys and two pancreases (niether working)
In your case it sounds like a pretty easy decision.
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Old 07-23-2005, 11:16 AM   #30
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Here's a question. I did a quick search and didn't find the number I'm looking for but maybe one of ya'll can stumble upon it if you get the time.

Just what ARE the chances of getting colon cancer? What is the expected lifespan of someone who gets it vs the life span of someone who doesn't get it? What KIND of people get it? Sex/Race/diet/boozers/non-boozers...?

As we all know Reagan had thsoe precancerous polyps removed while he was in office. Without the test...? Who knows? I also know a guy who was only like 40 or 41. Same thing, BUT he didnt have the colonoscopy. He noticed bleeding. Got the surgery and got fixed up. All OK. So, what..? Like we should all get the test at age 35, now?

Seems like case of Colon-neurosis on the oart of people who make money being neurotic over YOUR health
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Here's a question.* I did a quick search and didn't find the number I'm looking for but maybe one of ya'll can stumble upon it if you get the time.*

Just what ARE the chances of getting colon cancer?* What is the expected lifespan of someone who gets it vs the life span of someone who doesn't get it? What KIND of people get it? Sex/Race/diet/boozers/non-boozers...?

As we all know Reagan had thsoe precancerous polyps removed while he was in office. Without the test...? Who knows?* I also know a guy who was only like 40 or 41. Same thing, BUT he didnt have the colonoscopy. He noticed bleeding. Got the surgery and got fixed up. All OK. So, what..? Like we should all get the test at age 35, now?*

Seems like case of Colon-neurosis on the oart of people who make money being neurotic over YOUR health
Not quite right. They make money making YOU neurotic "over your health".

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<<<I am trying to qualify to get on the pancreas transplant list and in order to do so need a battery of tests, one of which is the colonoscopy. >>>

Hey MikeD, best of luck to you. Please keep us posted.

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Old 07-23-2005, 01:36 PM   #33
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Galt didnt read what I said. I am NOT the one who's neurotic. I hold these tests highly sustpect. The emdical industry is nerotic.

As far as "always go with the technology" life is precious get the test yadda yadda somebody knows somebody who died .

MY father. heart disease veruy young. Ded at 57 many AHs and strokes. So I do the lipitor for mildly high cholesterol. Massive ADR. I will live the rest of my life on drugs to compensate for the destruction the statins caused. Of course later all vascular tests..most recently 2 weeks ago... show the heart and arteries of a 20 yr old. Life ruined for nothing. Just being careful. Ya never know. Sell a few ****ing pills. Take risks based on statisictics instead of data. Wonder why dr's get sued. That's why I was asking about the data . No I ain't gonna just get the test. And whatever the Dr says has to pass my own higher level of medical knowledge
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Just what ARE the chances of getting colon cancer?* What is the expected lifespan of someone who gets it vs the life span of someone who doesn't get it? What KIND of people get it? Sex/Race/diet/boozers/non-boozers...?

As we all know Reagan had thsoe precancerous polyps removed while he was in office. Without the test...? Who knows?* I also know a guy who was only like 40 or 41. Same thing, BUT he didnt have the colonoscopy. He noticed bleeding. Got the surgery and got fixed up. All OK. So, what..? Like we should all get the test at age 35, now?*

Seems like case of Colon-neurosis on the oart of people who make money being neurotic over YOUR health
Exactly. I don't think the trauma and the risks are worth the early notification if other tests will detect the same problems in time for treatment.

I'd much prefer fecal occult tests to the colon/sigmoid "alternatives". And the only reason I show up for DREs (in addition to PSAs) is a family history of prostate cancer.

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>Don't be stupid, just do it. Life is dicey enough without ignoring a lethal but >preventable disease.

Agreed. My 44 year old cousin was dead in less than a year because of colon cancer. By the time they found it, the cancer had spread to her liver and lungs. Colon cancer runs in my family so it's crucial that I get a colonoscopy very soon.
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Yea, I almost blew off the MRI for my hearing problem which turned up an unrelated brain aneurysm. Before that I had never had a serious health problem.
Dave Barry says that MRI stands for "Machine that will find something wrong with you no matter what."

I sure didn't want to start a wave of colonoscopy bashing. I'm pretty sure the case for having one at age 50 isn't a slam dunk, as the news media portray it, but it still may be the smart thing to do.
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I'm pretty sure the case for having one at age 50 isn't a slam dunk, as the news media portray it, but it still may be the smart thing to do.
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I think it is healthy to have skepticism with health care and drugs. 1/1000 risk isnt good in my book. I am not near the age of being tested, but would look at less invasive options. I suspect by the time I am 50, this wont be used anymore, anyway.
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