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Gastro recommended CT and colonscopy for mild abdominal pain/gas. 23 yrs old. If CT scan shows nothing, is colonoscopy necessary? No bloody stools

Gastro recommended CT and colonscopy for mild abdominal pain/gas. 23 yrs old. If CT scan shows nothing, is colonoscopy necessary? No bloody stools

Options available: CT scan of the abdomen may be indicated but not for mild pain alone. If the symptoms are progressive and there is concern for Cancer (unlikely in your age group), then only I would consider doing a CT. Similarly Colonoscopy is not indicated because of pain alone. If there is bowel irregularity or blood in stool Colonoscopy is reasonable to do. In your case I would watch /monitor for 4-6 weeks, then ...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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I have been having pressure and mild pain between my shoulder blades. Can this be trapped gas.

I have been having pressure and mild pain between my shoulder blades. Can this be trapped gas.

Unlikely: It is unlikely to be trapped gas but it could be from reflux. If you are having heartburn try an over the counter medication like zantac (ranitidine) to see if this gets rid of the sensation. It could also be musculoskeletal discomfort so try a heating pad and some gentle stretches to see if this will relieve the pain. If these suggestions do not work see your doctor ...Read more

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Abdominal twinges had a colonoscopy two years ago all perfect no blood eating ok all ok could it be trapped gas or ibs?

Abdominal twinges had a colonoscopy two years ago all perfect no blood eating ok all ok could it be trapped gas or ibs?

Very vague: You sound knowledgable; I'm pleased you had the recommended colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer. Presume "twinges" mean recurring brief pain. You're right...it could be gas or irritable bowel syndrome. The key is progression: if the twinges become more frequent or intense, further testing including ultrasound or CT imaging and potential lab work can help diagnose. Try more fiber and water. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy 10hrs ago. Now have abdml pain (pretty bad) but REALLY intense in waves. Kinda feels like gas but yet to pass any gas or BM Is this normal?

Colonoscopy 10hrs ago. Now have abdml pain (pretty bad) but REALLY intense in waves. Kinda feels like gas but yet to pass any gas or BM Is this normal?

Normal vs. Healthy:: Normal means common, zero reliable relationship with healthy & defined by medical industry as average to include the central 96% of common for any variable. What you describe is neither healthy nor common in most cases after colonoscopy. But it all depends on your anatomy/function before exam, what was done during exam & your responses afterwards. Sounds like intestinal distension; yet not moving. ...Read more

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Can gas after a colonoscopy travel to your neck area?

Can gas after a colonoscopy travel to your neck area?

COLONOSCOPY.: You can have abdominal distension and bloated feeling for a few a days after colonoscopy.The air should not travel to neck unless is cases of extreme emergency called colonic perforation. ...Read more

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Severe gas pains third day after colonoscopy. What to do?

Severe gas pains third day after colonoscopy. What to do?

Call gastroenterolog: Call immediately could be small perforation. If he is not available then go to ER. ...Read more

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How many days post colonoscopy does gas pain still happen?

Less than one: It should clear within a day; pain beyond that may be due to another cause such as multiple polyps being removed. Severe pain, or pain with other symptoms such as light-headedness, dizziness, or getting worse instead of better, should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy on wednesday & it is now saturday & I am still having stomachaches is something wrong? I have had gas but some is hard to pass...

I had a colonoscopy on wednesday & it is now saturday & I am still having stomachaches is something wrong? I have had gas but some is hard to pass...

Colonoscopy problem?: Air used to inflate your colon may persist for several hours--not typically for 5 days. Your post-procedure symptoms may be due to colonoscopy-related factors: colonic or organ mechanical trauma, post-polypectomy syndrome, abdominal wall bruising from external pressure, etc.; diverticular disease; extra-intestinal problems; ibs; lots more. First step--call asap your colonoscopist ; ask his advice. ...Read more

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My colonoscopy was last wed & since then I have wokeup every morning with a bad tummyache & have had lots of gas in the evening. Is it normal or bad?

My colonoscopy was last wed & since then I have wokeup every morning with a bad tummyache & have had lots of gas in the evening. Is it normal or bad?

Check with doc: The symptoms you describe are common right after a colonoscopy (from air that is used to inflate your colon), but they shouldn't last for days. You should let your doctor know you're still having these symptoms. There can be complications from a colonoscopy, and it's important to make sure these are recognized early! ...Read more

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I had an unsussesful colonoscopy last week. They couldn't complete due to pain from the gas/air pumped in. How common is this? What's the alternative.

Colonoscopy: Incomplete colonoscopy can occur up to 5 to 10% of the time. Whether a repeat attempt would be successful mostly depends on why it was unsuccessful in the first place. You should talk to your G.I. doc about whether a repeat attempt with better sedation or a better prep would be useful. If not, a "virtual" colonoscopy might be the next step. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not have gas after colonoscopy? Had test 2 months ago and I do not recall passing gas afterward. I've read that most people pass a lot

Sure.: While withdrawing the colonoscope from the cecum (first part of colon) to the rectum, the endoscopist will generally try to suction as much air as possible out of the colon, to reduce patient discomfort. Utilizing co2 gas also helps reduce postoperative gaseous distention. ...Read more

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How to get rid of gas after a colonoscopy?

How to get rid of gas after a colonoscopy?

Retained air post-CO: Air is used to inflate your colon & permit inspection during the colonoscopy procedure. During your recovery before discharge you will be encouraged to pass the air back out. This is accomplished by changing your position in bed, gentle abdominal pressure, & verbal encouragement to overcome your natural embarrassment at passing gas. Some air may persist for several hours--call for help if longer. ...Read more

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How many days does gas and bloating last after colonoscopy?

Less than 24 hours: Gas trapped in the colon usually resolves in a few hours. Any other "gas" pain should be evaluated. Pain after a colonoscopy is not expected, and should be followed closely. ...Read more

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What to do about pain in your ribs with a colonoscopy bag from gas?

Seek advice from you: Your doctors can advise you better. The best doctor to help you is the one who performed your colostomy in the first place. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy yesterday and now I have SO MUCH GAS! How can I get rid of it?

Walk...: The intestines will be stimulated with mild exercise such as walking... The gas will pass... ...Read more

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What kind of anesthetic is given for colonoscopies and endoscopies? Gas or a drug or something else?

What kind of anesthetic is given for colonoscopies and endoscopies? Gas or a drug or something else?

Avoid confusion: If we answer - even w/ good reason to believe what we say - and the service you use has another policy, you'll be unnecessarily confused and therefore..... The best thing is to ask them what they usually do and if they allow options. Also, use that opportunity to ask any other? 's you have. Good luck! ...Read more

Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more