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Intense pre-sigmoidoscopy fear and anxiety, please help me. Huge fear to point of cons. Not having it done. Fear of procedure.Best pharm intervention?

Intense pre-sigmoidoscopy fear and anxiety, please help me. Huge fear to point of cons. Not having it done. Fear of procedure.Best pharm intervention?

This is not a: Pharmacological intervention - quick acting anxiety meds only last for so long. Have you considered acupuncture to get your anxiety under control and to ground you? ...Read more

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Dr. John Lappas
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Sigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Sigmoidoscopy is the use of a flexible fiberoptic camera or specially designed scope to examine the inside of the colon. Because the procedure only examines the left side of the colon (in an area called the sigmoid), it is termed sigmoidoscopy. This is to differentiate it from a colonoscopy, where the entire right and left side of the colon is examined. A sigmoidoscopy ...Read more


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28 years old. Bright red blood on toilet paper after defecation. A specialist only performed a proctoscopy (normal). Should I demand more exams?

28 years old. Bright red blood on toilet paper after defecation. A specialist only performed a proctoscopy (normal). Should I demand more exams?

Ask politely: BRBPR may just be hemorrhoids from straining but bleeding from rectum (brbpr) may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaids, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), see your doctor ...Read more

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Should I take my high blood pressure and/or heart medicines the morning of the sigmoidoscopy procedure?

Should I take my high blood pressure and/or heart medicines the morning of the sigmoidoscopy procedure?

Medications: Yes, you should. Ideally with just few sips or water and at least 2-3 hours earlier than you procedure. ...Read more

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Sorta cutting page around inner anus when I do bowel movement, i did sigmoidoscopy exam and they say it was just hermorrnoid, what should I do?

Sorta cutting page around inner anus when I do bowel movement, i did sigmoidoscopy exam and they say it was just hermorrnoid, what should I do?

Soften stools: The best treatment for hemorrhoids is to drink water and fluids, adjust your diet to take more fiber, and get more active. This will soften the stool, increase bowel frequency and prevent constipation. ...Read more

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Will i be sedated for a rigid sigmoidoscopy? What is a rigid sigmoidoscopy?

Usually no sedation: Rigid sigmoidoscopy is a short, straight scope that is used to examine only the rectum and lower part of the sigmoid colon. This exam usually only takes a couple of minutes and is typically done in the office without sedation. ...Read more

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Do you know any family medicine or general practice or imternist docs in greater atlanta area who an can do a rigid or flex sigmoidoscopy in office?

Ask family doc: Your family doctor is usually a good first line of information on good doctors. In general, a GI endoscopy is best done by a GI endoscopist (not general practitioner). Online searches may be a good start as well. ...Read more

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I am considering a screening sigmoidoscopy over that of a colonoscopy due to more preparation and procedural involvement. No family history. Wise?

I am considering a screening sigmoidoscopy over that of a colonoscopy due to more preparation and procedural involvement. No family history. Wise?

Colonoscopy : I would suggest a colonoscopy if you are able, as it is a more complete screening. If normal you will not need another for 10 years. The sigmoidoscopy only looks at the lower portion of your colon. ...Read more

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Polyp removed in upper rectum and solitary rectal ulcer sowed in flexible sigmoidoscopy. still start tip of stool is hard and red blood on stool help!

Polyp removed in upper rectum and solitary rectal ulcer sowed in flexible sigmoidoscopy. still start tip of stool is hard and red blood on stool help!

Start simple, but...: Docusate (per PDR) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe &available for anyone over 2, &a assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent ...Read more

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My girlfriend just had a proctoscopy. What could the possible reasons be?

My girlfriend just had a proctoscopy. What could the possible reasons be?

Ask her!!: Since you give little information about age, symptoms, I am assuming that she has had some bleeding or constipation. A proctosigmoidoscopy is an office exam to look at the lower colon and rectum for causes of anorectal symptoms. Why not ask her? ...Read more

Dr. Kristi Moffat
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Proctosigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Proctosigmoidoscopy is an examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon (just above the rectum) using a narrow, rigid scope with a built-in light. A small amount of air is usually introduced to distend the bowel, allowing for a better view. Generally, a limited prep is helpful, but not always necessary. ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Proctoscopy (Definition)

Proctoscopy is a test that is done to look at the rectum and most distant part of the colon. A rigid scope about the size of a thumb is inserted in the anus and using air to inflate the rectum, the doctor can look at all the ...Read more