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I'm fine w/having a colonoscopy, but highly motivated to avoid any sedation. I am female. Is this a realistic goal?

I'm fine w/having a colonoscopy, but highly motivated to avoid any sedation. I am female. Is this a realistic goal?

Talk to your doc: Cscope can be uncomfortable-lots of loops, twists and turns in 5'-6' of bowel. Most pts and mds prefer a relaxed, comfortable patient: relaxes the bowel, makes for an easier procedure. Need not be "knocked out", just comfortable. Rare patient asks for cold sober procedure; most don't repeat it that way. Would have IV access anyway, in case you want or need meds or fluids. ...Read more

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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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Is colonoscopy/moviprep safe for women who are ttc or maybe pregnant?

Is colonoscopy/moviprep safe for women who are ttc or maybe pregnant?

Yes: A colonoscopy prep should be safe during pregnancy as it should not be absorbed. The sedation for colonoscopy would be of more concern. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 female an just got a colonoscopy. I have a polyp. Is this normal for my age? No biopsy results yet.

It depends: It depends the biopsy results. Some polyps are very benign and pose no risk for cancer progression. The question is why did you get a colonoscopy at age 25? Something else must have been going on. ...Read more

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What would you reccommemd for a 49 year old female who has a colonoscopy report fo"100s of nodules" all throughout her colon?

What would you reccommemd for a 49 year old female who has a colonoscopy report fo"100s of nodules" all throughout her colon?

Colectomy??: Was this your first colonoscopy? Did you know of any polyps previously. A colon that contains literally hundreds of polyps (nodules) suggests a genetic syndrome - the problem being that any of these polyps could potentially be precancerous. You need to discuss this with your gastroenterologist right away, as you may need to have the colon removed. ...Read more

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Is it recommended that an 86 year old woman who has a hemoglobin of 9 get a colonoscopy to determine a source of bleeding or is it contraindicated?

Is it recommended that an 86 year old woman who has a hemoglobin of 9 get a colonoscopy to determine a source of bleeding or is it contraindicated?

Depends: At 86 routine colonoscopy may not be indicated but some one with Hb of 9 & bleeding is not routine is clinical judgement issue. Discuss with permission with her physician will explain to you including alternatives. I am sure all less invasive tests are already done. ...Read more

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I'm 38 female, smoker, have celiac disease but do not stick to diet, I've had one colonoscopy, found ONE sessile serrated polyp 9mm, should I worry?

I'm 38 female, smoker, have celiac disease but do not stick to diet, I've had one colonoscopy, found ONE sessile serrated polyp 9mm, should I worry?

Worry is relative!: If they never told you, you need to be aware of a fact. Every time someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, their immune system creates new antibodies that attack various tissues in the body. Your symptoms may be readily apparent or subtle, but they will eventually lead to more problems. It is hard enough to remain gluten free when you try, since it can be found in unexpected items. ...Read more

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Why don't women get colonoscopies considering they can get colon cancer too?

Why don't women get colonoscopies considering they can get colon cancer too?

They should: It is recommended that both men and women undergo screening colonoscopy at age 50.Women get colon cancer also. ...Read more

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HI I am a 38 yo female. I had a colonoscopy today and left hospital aroumd noon. I started having bad pain under my left ribs. It is now a 7 should?

HI I am a 38 yo female. I had a colonoscopy today and left hospital aroumd noon. I started having bad pain under my left ribs. It is now a 7 should?

Yes, get checked: Hi, it sounds like you do need to be evaluated right away. After a major procedure such as a colonoscopy severe pain should be reported to your doctor and it would be safest to be evaluated in the emergency room. ...Read more

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To a female doctor: my bf has to have a colonoscopy and was told to have a 2 quart enema and asked me to give it to him, what do I need and how do I give it to him

To a female doctor: my bf has to have a colonoscopy and was told to have a 2 quart enema and asked me to give it to him, what do I need and how do I give it to him

Colonoscopy: I'm sorry, but this question is too complex to be answered on this forum. There are many enema products available. Please ask your boyfriend's physician or nursing staff for specific directions. ...Read more

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What will happen to me or the baby if I got a colonoscopy/egd done two weeks after conception? Why gis don't like to do colonoscopy on pregnant woman?

What will happen to me or the baby if I got a colonoscopy/egd done two weeks after conception? Why gis don't like to do colonoscopy on pregnant woman?

No anesthesia: Most endoscopists give IV sedation for colonoscopy and egd. Noone should give anesthesia to a pregnant woman unless absolutely necessary. Procedure should be delayed until you are postpartum. ...Read more

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Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?

Perhaps: Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy in 2002, was fine. Had one recently, microscopic blood in stool, can you get coloncancer within 10 yrs? 64 yr old female.

Had colonoscopy in 2002, was fine. Had one recently, microscopic blood in stool, can you get coloncancer within 10 yrs? 64 yr old female.

Absolutely...: There are several biologic pathways by which cells grow into cancer--this is particularly true with colon cancer. "interval colon cancers" are defined as presenting relatively soon after a negative colonoscopy exam. This phenomenon is well-defined & well-recognized in the medical literature, distinct from missed or regrowing lesions, & accepted as inevitable despite current screening strategies. ...Read more

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Hi im 27 years old female. I have a family history of colon ca mother side. Is it advisable for me to undergo colonoscopy at my age? Thanks

Hi im 27 years old female. I have a family history of colon ca mother side. Is it advisable for me to undergo colonoscopy at my age? Thanks

No: Unless you have familial history of disorders that predispose to colon cancer, such as familial polyposis and other related disorders there is no reason to undergo colonoscopy at your age. ...Read more

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See pulse in right side nape of neck above clavicle when I lean over sink. Female, 63, normal bp, had great EKG prior to colonoscopy last week. Thin?

See pulse in right side nape of neck above clavicle when I lean over sink. Female, 63, normal bp, had great EKG prior to colonoscopy last week. Thin?

Normal: You're most likely seeing your jugular venous pulse - which is what doctors look at when they examine you. If you're really thin, you may be seeing your carotid artery pulse - also normal. ...Read more

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I am a 34-yr-old female diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia two years ago. GI has not recommended colonoscopy. Should I be concerned?

I am a 34-yr-old female diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia two years ago. GI has not recommended colonoscopy. Should I be concerned?

No: Most females of child bearing age who are iron deficiency can attribute it to their menses. if you are not having GI symptoms or black or bloody stools, I would see that as appropriate. ...Read more

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Red blood, mucus stool. Dr did rectal exam found lg. Rubber textured growth. Scheduled colonoscopy. Other than cancer what could it be? 45yr, female. Thanks

Benign polyp?: A rubbery growth could be a cancer but could also be a benign polyp that has not become a cancer yet. At colonoscopy the growth might be able to be removed or might be judges too large to remove safely but pieces (biopsies) will be obtained to tell what it is. The video image is usually very accurate for an experienced endoscopist. ...Read more

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Hi Doc, I am 36 female. I have difficulty in passing stool. I try to go to the toilet every morning outof habit. Hv undergone ab CT and colonoscopy.?

Hi Doc, I am 36 female. I have difficulty in passing stool. I try to go to the toilet every morning outof habit. Hv undergone ab CT and colonoscopy.?

Fiber foods: You may increase your intake of fiber foods or take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. Also drink enough water so that your urine is colorless. You may consult this site for fiber rich foods: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the prescription powder for a colonoscopy to clean out colon if you have edema in feet & take lasix (furosemide)? 63 yr old female with colon ca

Could be.: It's probably safe to do this but why bother? It will not help the edema. I would be more concerned as to the cause of the edema initially. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Recommendations for a 21yo female w/ normal labs, egd, and colonoscopy; a gallbladder ef 45% w/ nausea, diarrhea, ruq pain, and extreme bloating?

Recommendations for a 21yo female w/ normal labs, egd, and colonoscopy; a gallbladder ef 45% w/ nausea, diarrhea, ruq pain, and extreme bloating?

May be hard, but...: Sorry to hear what you have suffered from. To straighten out your health in right way may be hard, but always practice quality healthy lifestyle without overindulgence & obsession as the foundation of healthcare disregarding who, when, how, & what you are. How? To http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html & Facts of life-1, 2, &3 by clicking BUTTON on left side of HOME of www. ForMeFirst. Com. Best... ...Read more

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I am a 47 yr old female. I have severe abdominal bloating, (colonoscopy showed nothing), pelvic cramps, no menstrual periods for 3 months, and backac?

I am a 47 yr old female. I have severe abdominal bloating, (colonoscopy showed nothing), pelvic cramps, no menstrual periods for 3 months, and backac?

Several things: At 47 you are in the perimenopause and skipping periods is common. It may well be that the skipped periods aren't related to your backache, bloating, and pelvic cramping. A normal colonoscopy doesn't rule out irritable bowel syndrome which can cause these symptoms. Talk to your PCP, GYN, or the doctor who did your colonoscopy about this. ...Read more

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23 yr old female. Dull pain in lower abdomen. Colonoscopy came back clear. No blood in stool. Have had the pain for about 2 months. What's wrong w/me?

Multiple causes: Abdominal discomfort can be due to a number of different causes. These can include gynegologic, urinary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, nervous system, and others. A thorough history and physical examination by a physician can help determine the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Paranoid about colon cancer. Great grandmother had it at 70. had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Paranoid about colon cancer. Great grandmother had it at 70. had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Not likely: Unlikely that you have colon cancer as such a young age, but there's no harm n consulting a gastroenterologist, especially if the symptom persist. ...Read more

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A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

Weight loss: I understand your concern.
Follow through with physicians and specialists for possible Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Peptic ulcer, Chronic Pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, Malabsorption, Hepatitis or Cancer.
See Psychiatrist for depression with painful feelings due to stresses of relationship, marriage, separation, parenting, lack of support from family and unresolved conflicts. ...Read more

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25 year-old woman with IBS-C the past 3 years, has gastroparesis, and is not responding to the usual therapies for constipation.....?

25 year-old woman with IBS-C the past 3 years, has gastroparesis, and is not responding to the usual therapies for constipation.....?

Maybe not IBS...so: Consider testing for GI transit--e.g. rule out colonic inertia, rectal dyssynergia. If prefer to defer additiional testing, consider empiric course of Linzess, Trulance, Movantik, Relistor--looks like you have not tried contemporary prescription therapy. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read more