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Old 07-12-2016, 03:34 AM   #21
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Doctors sometimes use words differently than we do. "Evident" may just mean evident to the radiologist.

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An later CT scan, and now he did not mention the stone which I knew I passed. Still did not see what they were looking for (another excellent news). But now, he said the degeneration of the SI joint was evident. No, I did not like that! And how my SI joint is going to hurt me, I worried.

Lemme tell you, whatever is going to happen to me, I've got several long-range RV trips on my belt, and plenty of travel. If I am going to have limited mobility, I have done enough travel to not regret it when I am confined to a wheelchair, or pushing a walker in front of me.
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I'm about to turn 60 and had my second colonoscopy a few weeks ago. He said "all was good and will see you in another ten years." I asked him if he would be retired by then. He just had a sad look on his face.


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Doctors sometimes use words differently than we do. "Evident" may just mean evident to the radiologist.
I hope so. Right after reading the report, then researching the Web to learn about the problem (what the heck is the SI joint?), I felt something in my lower back.

Amazing how one's imagination can run wild, isn't it?
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50 is the recommended age to start for screenings every 10 years thereafter if nothing found. Talk to your regular Doc and s/he can discuss the recommendation and make the referral.

Some of us put it off to 55.


Put me in the wait until 55 camp, also. Per orders from myself.


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I had one at 41 and everything was super clear no polyps but one of the 17 random samples they took detected pre-cancerous cells. The doctor who performed the procedure thinks it was contamination at the testing lab but told me to come back in five years instead of 10 😞

So 2017 is my date with the probe.
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not really, beer is a clear liquid
Are you serious? You got away with it?
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I've never had one, and I turn 50 this year. How do I know if I should get one?
I swore colonoscopies were one of those profit-making tests they sold via fearmongering. My OB-Gyn, bless her, ordered a Fecal Occult Blood Test when I was 50. Since it involves collecting a fecal sample at home and sending it to a lab it's pretty simple. It was positive. Note that this isn't a really specific test; you can have blood in the stool from hemorrhoids, for example, but it was enough to motivate me. They found a tubular villiform adenoma that would have had a good chance of morphing into cancer by now if it hadn't been found and removed. That was 13 years ago. They've found only minor polyps since then but you can bet I go when they tell me.

No history of colon cancer in my family although my parents have had polyps, too. Get the test. It's cheap, easy prevention and colon cancer is nasty.
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Are you serious? You got away with it?
Dr said it was okay. I play golf occasionally with a digestive doctor. He was too eager to give me a colonoscopy so I went with someone I didn't know.

I just had to drink gateyaid/beer and take laxatives 24 hours before until I was just, you know, poopin liquid.

Whatever was in that IV messed me up pretty good. After my nap I had a few beers and played 9 holes. I think I hit about 4 houses that day.
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talk to your DR. if you have a family history of prostate cancer (like I do) then you need to get one at 50. Dr. told me "see ya in 8 years" after I got mine.
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He related that he had seen my X-rays and had both good news and bad news.

"The good news" he said, "is that on the outside, you look terrific. But on the inside, boy, do you look old!"
I had a similar experience when I was in my early thirties... Went to see a chiropractor and he took x-rays before he did anything... when he was reading them he looked at me and said "You have one of the healthiest neck/spines I have ever seen... for an eighty year old! What were you doing?"

Guess that is what 13 years playing in a rugby front row does.
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I had one at 41 and everything was super clear no polyps but one of the 17 random samples they took detected pre-cancerous cells. The doctor who performed the procedure thinks it was contamination at the testing lab but told me to come back in five years instead of 10 😞

So 2017 is my date with the probe.
What? What random samples? Our procedures didn't do any random sampling. Never heard of this. Sounds like a suspicious upgrade (more $$).
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Dr said it was okay. I play golf occasionally with a digestive doctor. He was too eager to give me a colonoscopy so I went with someone I didn't know.

I just had to drink gateyaid/beer and take laxatives 24 hours before until I was just, you know, poopin liquid.

Whatever was in that IV messed me up pretty good. After my nap I had a few beers and played 9 holes. I think I hit about 4 houses that day.
I guess you didn't hear/read the instructions for no vigorous physical activity the rest of the day?
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I guess you didn't hear/read the instructions for no vigorous physical activity the rest of the day?
I live on a golf course and have a golf cart. They just didn't want me driving. If you swing the club correctly it doesn't take that much effort.


But yes, I don't usually follow instructions that well. That's why I've been walking on a broken toe for two weeks.
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Had my first at 53. They zapped one polyp and put me on the every 5 year plan. 100% covered by insurance. So aside from the prep, which is pretty horrible, not really a big deal.
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Having one next month, I just turned 60 and on the 5 year plan due to family history. Fortunately, insurance covers 100%. I did some price checking and I was shocked at how much it can cost with facility fees, Dr.'s fees, Anesthesia, Pathology, etc.

My Dr. is part owner of their own out-patient clinic the cost was $750 for his facility charge and the Hospital as an out-patient was $1750.
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I live on a golf course and have a golf cart. They just didn't want me driving. If you swing the club correctly it doesn't take that much effort.


But yes, I don't usually follow instructions that well. That's why I've been walking on a broken toe for two weeks.
I'm pretty sure the swings are enough of a nono after a colonoscopy. You are really supposed to take it very easy the rest of the day, and let your intestines rest.
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Ears are good, mostly loosehead... rarely lock or #8. Did manage to tear them a few times, but never got cauliflower ear. Tape is a wonderful thing.
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I'm pretty sure the swings are enough of a nono after a colonoscopy. You are really supposed to take it very easy the rest of the day, and let your intestines rest.
I specifically asked and they just told me not to drive. There were okay with my playing golf. I don't think they got to my intestines? difficult to tell since I was passed out on my side lol
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