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Doctor insights on: Colonoscopy Causing Vaginal Problems

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I had a colonoscopy and polyp removed 3days ago. I have had thick brown vaginal discharge since. Is this normal.

I had a colonoscopy and polyp removed 3days ago. I have had thick brown vaginal discharge since. Is this normal.

No: Colonoscopy has nothing to do with vaginal situations. If no tumor was detected perforating anterior wall of rectum into vagina, which I suspect is not the case, then vaginal discharge is uterine in origin. Blood that remains in utero and passes to the vagina will decompose and appear as a brown discharge. One must examine the uterus by ultrasound to see what the endometrial lining is like. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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I had a colonoscopy yesterday and have vaginal bleeding today... I was told there may be some spotting but the amount of blood I have is concerning.

I had a colonoscopy yesterday and have vaginal bleeding today... I was told there may be some spotting but the amount of blood I have is concerning.

Vaginal bleeding: Don't delay! Please contact your doctor as soon as possible. If you are asked to wait a few days please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility.

Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Common 2 feel ur own cervix or uncommon? I doubt prolapse, what am I feeling if not cervix? Found 2 bumps on what I thought was my cervix, if vaginal tumors wouldn't recent colonoscopy catch this?

Common 2 feel ur own cervix or uncommon? I doubt prolapse, what am I feeling if not cervix? Found 2 bumps on what I thought was my cervix, if vaginal tumors wouldn't recent colonoscopy catch this?

Probably normal: It is possible to feel your cervix, even without prolapse. If you've had vaginal deliveries, that will change the shape of your cervix. Also, you can have benign mucous cysts, called nabothian cysts, on the cervix. If you've recently had a colposcopy then whatever your feeling is likely benign. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy yesterday and now am having vaginal bleeding and leg cramps what could this be?

Had colonoscopy yesterday and now am having vaginal bleeding and leg cramps what could this be?

Irregular bleeding: Irregular bleeding is very common and in most cases it resolves on its own. A slight cycle disruption after a surgical procedure is not likely to be a cause for alarm. Monitor the bleeding and see an Obgyn if it does not resolve. ...Read more

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If someone has pheochromocytoma can using versed for colonoscopy cause problems?

If someone has pheochromocytoma can using versed for colonoscopy cause problems?

No: Versed will cause no problems. Of critical importance is pre-procedure preparation. If you have not had surgery to completely remove the tumor, adequate treatment with Alpha blockers (ex. Phentolamone) followed by adequate beta receptor blockade (ex. Propranolol) is absolutely crucial prior to undergoing any procedure. If you have a procedure inadequately treated, severe hypertension can result. ...Read more

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Can external hemorrhoids cause problems for someone who is going to undergo colonoscopy procedure?

Can external hemorrhoids cause problems for someone who is going to undergo colonoscopy procedure?

No: External hemorrhoids result from pressure, created internally, when you down and strain to have a bowel movement. During a colonoscopy, you are not bearing down nor straining. The procedure is controlled and monitored carefully. ...Read more

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Stools r mushy. Won't come out. Taking probiotic. Colonoscopy caused severe colon problems. Spine 's a mess. L1-l4 bad. L5 disc gone. Abdominal pain 2.?

Functional disorder: Sounds like you may have a functional disorder that is difficult to diagnose. May need a sitz marker study, or even defecography. Additionally, anal-rectal manometry may also help. These tests would be coordinated by a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy cause hemorrhoids. Ever since I had one I got butt problems. I use prep h and just got tucks (witch hazel). Help?

Colonoscopy cause hemorrhoids. Ever since I had one I got butt problems. I use prep h and just got tucks (witch hazel). Help?

No: Hemorrhoids are varicose veins developing in the venuos outflow of the anal canal. They occur just within the sphincter as internal hemorrhoids and outside as exeternal lesion. They are not caused or associated with colonoscopy. ...Read more

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If neither a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy detects a physiological problem, could the cause of constipation lie with the small bowel?

If neither a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy detects a physiological problem, could the cause of constipation lie with the small bowel?

Wrong approach, Jim: There are a variety of causes of constipation. Only in a small minority of cases does endoscopy on either end show the cause. If drinking plenty of water, a stool softener, and roughage in the diet doesn't help, then it's time for a thyroid check, porphyria screen, Chagas? Dairy / cheese in diet? Meds? Pb poisoned? Functional / irritable bowel syndrome? Read up on these. ...Read more

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My son was told after a colonoscopy, that his small intestines were on one side of his body and his colon on the other. His birth weight was only 4lbs and 5 oz. Born only two weeks early he was considered full term. Can this cause problems later?

My son was told after a colonoscopy, that his small intestines were on one side of his body and his colon on the other. His birth weight was only 4lbs and 5 oz. Born only two weeks early he was considered full term. Can this cause problems later?

Hard to know: The colon is part of your intestine so I'm not sure what your son was really told. I suspect that he was told he has a malrotation (though this is difficult to tell from colonoscopy). This is a dangerous condition and needs to be surgically corrected asap- to be able to say more i'd need to know the medical terms that were used. ...Read more

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Could front right lower abdominal pain be caused by endometriosos? My GI doesn't think its a GI problem same with my gyno and a colonoscopy was fine.

Could front right lower abdominal pain be caused by endometriosos? My GI doesn't think its a GI problem same with my gyno and a colonoscopy was fine.

Best see GP: Sometimes situations like this one require a broader, more holistic perspective, such as what you would get from your pediatrician, internist or gp. Check out your concerns with your generalist. ...Read more

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Can versed cause problems with the heart during a colonoscopy and endoscopy. I have taccycardia and memory problems. Will I have a heart attack?

Can versed cause problems with the heart during a colonoscopy and endoscopy. I have taccycardia and memory problems. Will I have a heart attack?

Versed ;Heart attack: I do not know of a potential of Midazolam (™ versed) causing heart attacks. It does have some potential to make you forget what happened during the procedure (amnestic effect which is actually desirable in this particular situation), but heart attacks, while can happen due to stress of the procedure or blood pressure drop during procedure but not directly from versed (at least that is reported). ...Read more

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Having problems with constipation, bloating and loss of appetite. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) causes me to burp alot. I had a colonoscopy l-l/2 years ago that was normal.?

Having problems with constipation, bloating and loss of appetite. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) causes me to burp alot. I had a colonoscopy l-l/2 years ago that was normal.?

Diet: If you have had a full work-up for your constipation, including lab tests. And you've reviewed any medications that might cause constipation, like blood pressure medications, then I would suggest you work on diet. Some people need a lot of fiber. So lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, the yogurt activia contains a probiotic that helps with constipation. ...Read more

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Could stress cause high crp leves (32.50) and gastrointestinal problems? Have done colonoscopy/ct scan/ultrasound/fecal/blood test all clear?

Could stress cause high crp leves (32.50) and gastrointestinal problems? Have done colonoscopy/ct scan/ultrasound/fecal/blood test all clear?

Not a reliable test: CRP is not a particulalrly useful test for any medical condition. If you have any gastrointestinal problems you should go see a physician who can investigate it further and guide you accordingly ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy cause colitis?

Unlikely: Colonoscopy is a tool to look at the inside of the colon for polyps, cancers, ulcerations, inflammation or other disorders. Colonoscopy uses a flexible telescope with a fiber optic light source. Colitis is inflammation of the colon, it would be hard to link how a colonoscopy would cause colitis. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy cause a hernia? How do I treat it?

Can a colonoscopy cause a hernia? How do I treat it?

Hernias development: Colonoscopy injects a lot of air into the colon and increases intravenous-abdominal pressure. If you have a hernia, the increased pressure will cause a pre-existent hernia to protrude. You should see a surgeon to have it repaired. The hernia has probably been there for awhile and protruded after to increase in abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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Body aches and pains after colonoscopy. What can cause this?

Body aches and pains after colonoscopy. What can cause this?

Follow up: Mild transient discomfort or pain may be acceptable but any substantial or long-lasting pain requires a follow up with your endoscopist ...Read more

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What causes uncontrollable diarrhea when a colonoscopy is clear?

What causes uncontrollable diarrhea when a colonoscopy is clear?

Irritable Bowel Syn.: Many things can cause uncontrollable diarrhea. A common cause is ibs. Ibs causes dysfunctional GI problems, ex diarrhea, constipation or both. Cause is unknown but may be stress, certain foods, etc. But there is nothing visibly wrong with your GI tract, so colonoscopy is clear. Another cause could be celiacs --gluten allergy that affects the small intestine, (not seen on a colonoscopy) or infecti. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy found multiple mucosa target lesions--what could cause this?

Colonoscopy found multiple mucosa target lesions--what could cause this?

Colon target lesions: Sorry for confusion, but gastroenterologists commonly use the term "aphthous ulcers" to describe small ulcerations in the colon & small intestine. When terminology is applied precisely, the ulcers are associated with inflammatory bowel disease. Descriptively, but less precise, ulcers of similar appearance are seen in the lower GI tract with use of aspirin, with lymphoid hyperplasia, herpes, others. ...Read more

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I just had a colonoscopy and they found multiple mucosa targt lesions. What could causes this?

Target lesions?: I am assuming that you are referring to a pale central area surrounded by a red ring. This is generally bowel prep artifact, however if there was any concern on the physician's part, a biopsy would have been taken. ...Read more

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I had my first routine colonoscopy at 54 years old, and I have had intense itching of the anus since the colonoscopy. Can you tell me the cause?

I had my first routine colonoscopy at 54 years old, and I have had intense itching of the anus since the colonoscopy. Can you tell me the cause?

Inflammation: It would help to know how long this has been going on, but I can give you some generalities. The scope itself can cause irritation or very minor injury; the lubricant may be something your skin is sensitive to; you may have some hemorrhoids that the scope caused to "act up." Generally, doctors schedule a follow up to discuss the results. I recommend you bring this up at that time. ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy 2 days ago experience itching in the testical and growing area since yesterday can enastasia or the procedure it self can cause this?

Had a colonoscopy 2 days ago experience itching in the testical and growing area since yesterday can enastasia or the procedure it self can cause this?

Not related: But the good news is more often than not, the cause of your testicular itching can be easily treated. See your PCP for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy & liquid that's needed before test, causes me big side effects &now its needed again, please can u advice of alternative tests if any availabl?

Colonoscopy & liquid that's needed before test, causes me big side effects &now its needed again, please can u advice of alternative tests if any availabl?

Colonoscopy: There are many options for bowel preparation to choose from. Some of these options are much smaller in volume and also there is pill form. You should discuss your concerns with your GI physician to determine the best options for you. There are other options beside colonoscopy, but none of the other ones will have therapeutic benefits (most of the other ones are diagnostic). Again, discuss! ...Read more

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Docs, could a colonoscopy cause damage?

Yes it can: Colonoscopy is a very important tool doctors have to screen and diagnose and treat colon problem including cancer
like any other tool it could have a side effect or potential complication
the worst is perforation which could be easily treated by surgery chance is less than 1% some statistic suggest one out of 500 hundred
second is bleeding which could be stopped without surgery. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy irritate Crohn's disease and cause symptoms to worsen?

No: Occasionally multiple biopsies and the prep may result in a day or two of minor bleeding, and possibly loose stools, but that should resolve rapidly. ...Read more

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My wife recently had a colonoscopy done on the 15th of Jan...and now she started bleeding... what could be the cause for this?

My wife recently had a colonoscopy done on the 15th of Jan...and now she started bleeding... what could be the cause for this?

Bleeding: Were any polyps removed? That can be a source of bleeding. Also the colonoscopy can cause irritation to diverticuli or simply irritate the mucosa of the bowel. You should let your GI physician know about the bleeding. ...Read more

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Know that feeling of air in your shoulders after a colonoscopy well I have that painful feeling for no reason. Why? What would cause that

No: I never heard of anyone having a feeling of air in their shoulders from a scope in their large intestine, but if you are having pain in your shoulders it would be wise to get an exam to determine why. Best wishes. ...Read more