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Does United Health Care Cover Colonoscopy
I've had a colonoscopy and a gasoscopy and haven't got results yet but my local dr nurses want me to go in for a 12mth health plan why I'm freaking
? question: Not sure what your question is here, maybe try re-asking it and someone may be able to help. ...Read more
I was charged a copayment for a colonoscopy by the staff after taking my health insurance info. I thought that preventive care requires no copayment?
Visits have both...: Many doctor visits have both preventive care and symptom care. A routine colonoscopy due to a patient's age can be preventive care. But if the patient has constipation, tummy aches, or even a sore throat related to that visit, then part of the visit becomes symptom care (copay is needed). The issues are caused by insurance company & government rules. Copay is credited back if not on insurance eob. ...Read more
Previous question was to read, chance of success of end colonoscopy reversal? Hubby 62 good health colostomy due to diverticular abscess.
Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?
No: It is never safe to smoke a cigarette. Wouldn't this be a great time to stop? Given this... there is no special danger from a cig at this time. But you're young, with much of your life ahead of you. You're smart enough to have found HealthTap. You've been away from tobacco for some time. Why not quite RIGHT NOW -- and phone your physician if your need medicine to get you through it. ...Read more
Doctor said that if I was preforated during colonoscopy I would know by know. Its been 13 days. Is this true? Sorry I have really bad health anxiety
Most likely: If you have a significant perforation in your colon, that will spill your colon contents "usually stool" into the surrounding cavity which is called peritoneum, that usually triggers severe inflammatory response that might bring down your whole body, I tend to agree with your doctor that if you perforated your colon you'd have been in the hospital by now feeling really sick, . ... ...Read more
I recently had a physical with bloodwork and ekg, endoscopy, mammogram and colonoscopy. All results were normal. Does that mean I am in good health?
Probably: I sense by your question that you have been worrying about your health. With all these tests you've taken, your health is probably good. But if you are still worrying, please talk with your doctor about a referral to address emotional concerns. ...Read more
41m w/ severe health anxiety. Upset stomach + loose stools for month. Normal colonoscopy + endoscopy earlier this year. Diet good, any suggestions?
Can add ADHD meds give you health problems such as ulcers, infections nausea vomiting etc to where a doctor recommends a MRI a endoscopy a colonoscopy?
What was the med?: Stimulant meds such as ritalin/adderall/vyvanse can cause some nausea/loss of appetite, increase heart rate, abd pain, but ulcers and infections are not likely. Nonstimulant such as strattera (atomoxetine) can cause the side effects you listed, but usually occur rather rapidly after dosing/adjustment and so you would know. Talk to/ask your doc to find what could be causing your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more
I accidentally ate 3 chocolate covered raisins and my colonoscopy is tomorrow, about 19 hours away. Should I be concerned?
Is sigmoidoscopy enough for a 30 year old no family history of colon cancer patient with red blood covered stool or must a colonoscopy be performed?
Not usually!: Most physicians/surgeons perform a colonoscopic exam under sedation, either with Propofol or versed/fentanyl, and you are sedated to the point of not feeling pain, or at least forgetting about it! Get your scope done asap, it's really simple, and is the single best screening test for colon cancer... ...Read more
Follow the instructi: Your doctor's office should give you instructions to follow in order to have a good prep. Otherwise your test will be cancelled as the preparation is rigorous and lasts 2-3 days of no solids and using laxatives to clean up your intestines completely. ...Read more
Depends: On your doctor. Gastroenterologists are usually booked for several weeks to months. Colorectal surgeons can often get you in sooner. Call around after getting names from your primary care doctor or friends who have had one. ...Read more
It doesn't: It doesn't unless you have a specific problem. ...Read more
Within 24 hours: The risk of any complications is extremely low. So you should not worry about it. If there is any complication in your case you will have symptoms quite quickly. The 2 potential (yet very rare) complications are bleeding or perforation of the bowel. Both will produce symptoms within a matter of hours. So if you are past 24 hours (and feel OK)from the procedure, you can rest in peace! ...Read more
Light sedation: You are only given the smallest amount of sedation necessary. You were aware of the sensation, but this was not a problem. ...Read more
Whole process: The day before will require some diet changes and a boel prep. On the day, a nurse will place an IV and then you will be given a sedative through it. Once sedated, the doctor will insert the scope via the rectum and advance it slowly to the beginning part (called the cecum). He/she will slowly withdraw and look around to see if anything needs to be biopsies or removed. Wake up in recoverafterward. ...Read more
Relax: You should be sedated, so enjoy a great nap. Ypu may feel gassy after the procedure. Enjoy your post procedure meal! ...Read more
Ask your: Doctor if a ct virtual colonscopy can be done. It reportedly has equivalent specificity and accuracy for diagnosis of colorectal cancer. It has its advantages and disadvantages, so ask your doctor for recommendation. ...Read more
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