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Post Colonoscopy Symptoms
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
Should I be concerned if colonoscopy is negative but periodic bleeding persists with no other symptoms?
Yes you should: Bleeding is not normal. So you need your doctor to find the source of bleeding. Besides colon, it can be another part of the intestines or hemorrhoids. So you need you doctor to further investigate till he/she finds the cause of your continuing bleeding. ...Read more
I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago and got the results today what other diseases could cause crohns like symptoms other than crohns and U C?
Ibs: If your colonoscopy revealed no pathology, ongoing intestinal symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, flatulence can occur with irritable bowel syndrome, lactose or gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Chronic intestinal infections are usually diagnosed by stool cultures. Your gastroenterologist, who knows you well, is best qualified to answer your question. ...Read more
Gastroenterologist n: Your husband should seek help from a gastroenterologist who might be able to prescribe medicines for treating Crohns disease. Since this disease effects the small bowel (predominantly) it typically does not show up in either upper or lower endoscopies (as you rightly indicated) ...Read more
What are the symptoms of a colonoscopy micro-perforation? How is it diagnosed, and does it require intervention?
Microperforation: Though uncommon, this is not a rare problem associated with a very common and important procedure. Pain within a few hours, sometimes with fever, is an indication. Free abdominal air on a plain film is adequate to make the diagnosis. Usually, bowel rest and antibiotics will suffice, but occasionally surgical intervention will be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more
I had a pillcam colonoscopy on Monday, I feel ok but I know I have not passed the pill in my bms. Can it get stuck without having symptoms?
Gastroenterologist will most likely want to locate this device if it doesn't pass before your follow-up visit! A Plain film of your abdomen will locate it! Stop worrying about it!
Hope this helps!
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Need to get checked: Usually a perforation is evident very early in recovery after the procedure, but occasionally if a polyp has been removed perforation can happen within a few days afterwards. Bottom line is that if you are concerned or are having symptoms, you should definitely call your gastroenterologist's office, because the risks could be serious. ...Read more
50+ and smoke around 2-3 fags a day. Do I need a colonoscopy screening even if I don't have symptoms?
Yes: Regardless of your smoking history, you should have got your first screening colo as soon as you turned 50. Observational trials suggest that smoking increases the risk of polyps and colon cancer to some degree, (not to mention multiple other cancers and cardiopulmonary issues) so if you want my advise, get rid of those cigarettes for good. ...Read more
Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.
Seek alternative: Diagnosis. Symptoms of Crohn's disease can occur in the context of other GI or systemic disorders. Highly unlikely to be Crohn's disease if scope negative. Finding the true diagnosis will lead to an effective management plan. ...Read more
What happens if I keep taking my oral rx for UC even if I still have inflammation. No symptoms, feel great, but a colonoscopy shows inflammation?
Continue: I am happy your symptoms are better, but obviously the condition is not yet under excellent control. Yes continue the meds. ...Read more
I'm 75 years old - never had a colonoscopy - no family history - no symptoms. - do I really have to have one?
It may depend: On how long you think you are going to live. If you have been healthy, made good life choices and relatives lived into their 80s I would definitely pursue it. ...Read more
What are signs of infection after a colonoscopy with polyp removal? How long afterwards could symptoms appear?
Fever: Within one week. After the first 2-3 days of the procedure, the risk is miniscule, if any. ...Read more
I am terrified of having a colonoscopy, but I have many uncomfortable abdominal symptoms and am 60. Any choice?
Colonoscopy coming up worried its cancer doc assured me since I've had symptoms 5-8 years its likely not cancer is he correct saying this?
Agree with your MD: Also you are very young for colorectal cancer. Not unheard of but much less likely ...Read more
Unlikely Dx: Some times possible but only 17 months ago you had scope, you have an attack of diverticulits. See your doctor for examination, reevaluation and possible rx of antibiotics, if perforates will be a surgical emergency ...Read more
Mom is 52 yrs. Smokes 2-3 fags a day. Does she need colonoscopy screening even without any concerning symptoms?
Yes: 50 yrs or older needs screening. 45 for blacks. And cut out those cigs! ...Read more
Does IBS diagnosis/treatment require colonoscopy? I can't afford to take time off of work for it, but I am desperate for relief of symptoms..
In Order to rule other causes of your symptoms.
Remember the Graveyard is full of indispensable people ...Read more
Microscopic colitis, does it show microscope in remission? Been without symptoms for a two of months after a year of symptoms. Having colonoscopy.
Yes: It will show remission if we look at the tissue under a microscope. ...Read more
I have a lot of gas and bloating. My colonoscopy came back normal this past March. Should I be concerned and what can I do to relieve the symptoms?
Gallbladder: Abd bloating might represent IBS or GB disease ...Read more
Colonoscopy coming up worried about it being cancer symptoms leading to test had for 6-10 years doc said if it was cancer Is this a correct notion?
Yes: The common use of colonoscopy is to define appearance of new colon lesions that are asymptomatic. At times needed for bx. Tumors of the colon do not remain stable and asymptomatic. They grow eventually producing a napkin ring lesion that obstructs and often bleeds. This is associated with drop in Hg level. If any mild symptoms present for several years probably inflammatory in nature. ...Read more
My colonoscopy and gastroscopy examinations last March showed symptoms of ulcer. Should I take such exams this year? Are such exams have side effects?
Please help! IBS-D symptoms for over 5 yrs! Had colonoscopy & lots of other testing all came back fine. Cut out gluten, dairy, eggs etc still issues?
Drug side effect: I would try to change the Orthocept or to stop it for a whie...please read about its gastro-intestinal side effects. ...Read more
Epigastric mass, pain, and spasms where fundus is located chronic nasea. Used suprep, and symptoms worse. Colonoscopy scheduled. Need opinion
What are symptoms of an anal fistula? I'm having some itching and it seems like I can never wipe good. Had Normal colonoscopy and endoscope recently.
A number of symptoms: Symptoms of an anal fistula include skin irritation around the anus, a throbbing pain, and a discharge of pus or blood when you have a bowel movement. In addition you may have odor, fever, or swelling in the area. An anal fistula may be due to an abscess or an underlying inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease. A normal colonoscopy and endoscopy are reassuring. ...Read more