Over 50? Stop stalling and get that colonoscopy

Search
Go

Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Messages 121 - 140 of total 152 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jun 7, 2013 - 08:42am PT
A friend's dad just died after an 8 year fight with colon cancer. It wasn't pretty. If you have (had) colitis you are at higher risk for colon cancer so make sure to get it done.

Costa Rica has great rates on colonoscopies.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Jun 7, 2013 - 08:59am PT
I'm goin in on the 18th not really lookin forward to it.
Big Breasted Woman

Trad climber
The Brown Crack
Jun 7, 2013 - 09:23am PT
Aw heck! I just had mine about a month ago. The worst part is drinking that freakin' "Step and Go Lightly" crap (or whatever the heck it is they call it). Once you drink it, you won't be stepping, you'll be doing the River Dance dash to the bathroom! :) I still loathe the idea of getting this done but it's really not that bad and it can save yer hide. Lost my mom to colon cancer years ago. The docs said if she'd only had a colonoscopy a couple of years before she started having problems, they could have saved her. Point taken!
quantum7

Trad climber
Squamish
Jun 7, 2013 - 10:27am PT
I'm 40 and just had to do one because my dad in his sixties is fighting a battle now with cancer. If he had done the colonoscopy earlier or if his doctor had advised him to do so, he most likely would not be in this situation. Now, he has a permanent colostomy that has changed his life. He was very athletic and can't do so many of the things he used to, partially because he has to wear a damn bag on his abdomen. It's so much easier to get the colonoscopy than to try to wear a harness with a colostomy!
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Jun 7, 2013 - 10:32am PT
No big deal Kenny like everyone says the worst is fasting the day before and drinking that stuff to make you pee out your butt.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jun 7, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
Well.... (in terms of big deal)

There are two, no three methods of pain control for these procedures.

1. Sedation. You're out like a light, and they do with you what they will.
2. Partial sedation - lights on, you're aware but (supposedly) can't feel the goings-on.
3. A rubber bite gag... enjoy the ride.


The difference between 1 and 2? According to my Dr., the difference is what will the insurance company pay. Mine for example wouldn't pay for #1. So I 'elected' for option 2.

They established an IV and then put something in it... don't recall what. I felt a bit loosey goosey, all relaxed and what have you.

Then the insertion began. Still no problem. Then they pushed it in like a foot or more and literally blow air up your a*#, to expand gthe colon, smooth out the wrinkles etc.

I wasn't sedated enough.

OwowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowwowahahahahahahaAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaa!!!!!

The Dr. is all...

'give him more give him more give him more give him more give him more give him more give him more give him more give him more give him more ' as I was starting to buck.

Its f*#king HURT!

The nurse got another vial of that blessed water and released it into my blood. 10-seconds later bliss had returned.

Make sure they give you enough of the goddamn pain medication. You don't want the procedure I HAD.

They found 5 pre-cancerous polyps in me... its no joke. Now I gotta go back every year (if I can afford it). Can't wait for the next drill!

DMT
Big Breasted Woman

Trad climber
The Brown Crack
Jun 7, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
Jeez Dingus! Talk about being "rode hard and put away wet!" What a literal "pain in the arse" you had! The first pooper scooper I had, they pretty much had me out cold EXCEPT for the very end where I heard the doc say, "O.K., we just have to turn the last corner and we're done". Yeah, right! He must have done a 4 wheel skid and bounced off my colon wall 'cuz I definitely felt that little jab. The most recent one I just had, they just knocked me out with some incredible IV juice. Weee! Oh!!
I asked the nurse if this was a new protocol and she said, "Yes." Apparently too many patients were complaining of pain with the partial sedation. Remember when they filmed Katie Couric having her colonosopy years ago? She was still talking and watching the whole thing on a big screen TV! The heck with that! Gimme the drugs!!
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jun 25, 2013 - 04:52pm PT
I am having my one year follow-up tomorrow. Prep day today, that is the worst of it. Hoping for good results, I don't want a repeat of last year.

Everyone should git er done! A colonoscopy could save your life.
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 25, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
must be nice having a choice as to whether to get one or not...


most americans dont
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 25, 2013 - 05:25pm PT
Easy peasy.

Drink the juice and go with the flow.

That funky drug they give ya is the SHIZZ!!! Last thing I told the Doc..."I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille."

Journey to the center of the Earth....but....pass on the take home video.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 25, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Unconsciousness is definitely the way to deal with the steel eel.
monolith

climber
SF bay area
Jun 25, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
Extremely dumb and dangerous advice, specialistclimber.
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 25, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
just what is the symptom or sign of a polup?!?!?
losbill2

climber
Jun 25, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
must be nice having a choice as to whether to get one or not...
most americans dont

Speaking very personally I am very lucky to have medical insurance coverage from an employer and to make a relatively decent living. I do not regret for one second my tax dollars going to provide medical care to my fellow citizens. I have been a regular contributor to Doctors Without Borders for many years. It galls the hell out of me and saddens me to no end that here in my country with the wealth, resources and blessings that we have that so many fellow citizens do not have access to the most basic of medical care.

That said, I do believe, although I may be wrong, that come 1/1/14 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will make available affordable medical insurance for many,many currently uncovered individuals and colonoscopies are one of the tests considered to be basic and effective medical care.

For all that are currently covered or can scrape together the $600 or so needed to get it done, consider yourself damn lucky and get it done.
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 26, 2013 - 03:15am PT
6 bill?!?!??

thats doable in my case. lucky i gota few skills i can barter
last enquired was told it was 3 thousand!

makes some sense, gave my pop a ride home from his first and the recovery room musta been a hundred yards long. talk about mcbutt hurts

nice on the affordable care act reaching out to help so many people but unfortunately, its just gonna further make me a criminal

no help for me and a whole lot of people
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 26, 2013 - 03:32am PT
$600.00 does not sound right. Must have got that one in an alley somewhere.

Couple grand minimum.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jun 26, 2013 - 05:45am PT
Whichever way you go, yer gunna die!
Bits and pieces of "biological dirt" from inside people's colons are being left on three in 20 of the instruments inserted in people's rectums to examine their lower digestive tract, according to a study at five hospitals nationwide.

"Three out of 20 is an unexpectedly high number of endoscopes failing a cleanliness criterion," said Marco Bommarito, an investigator with 3M's infection prevention division, which conducted the study. "Clearly, we'd like no endoscopes to fail a cleanliness rating."

Rates for biodirt were as high as 30% for reusable endoscopes used for upper gastrointestinal exams, according to the study, presented at the annual conference for the Assn. for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The study comes after thousands of patients in the last four years have had to undergo HIV and hepatitis testing after authorities uncovered improper cleaning practices at hospitals, including several run by the Veterans Affairs Department.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-dirty-colonoscopy-20130607,0,3042313.story
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 26, 2013 - 05:48am PT
Gary, you just spoiled my morning latte.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jun 26, 2013 - 05:59am PT
Speaking of lattes do you ever watch the coffee jerk at the local coffee jernt wipe the frother nozzle (frother nozzle, lol) with the same well-used wipe cloth he used to wipe the counter and who knows what else?

Ew!

DMT
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 26, 2013 - 06:09am PT
Darn it, Ding! How am I supposed to order another one now???
Messages 121 - 140 of total 152 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
 
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks


Try a free sample topo!

 
SuperTopo on the Web

Review Categories
Recent Route Beta
Recent Gear Reviews