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  • Tina57
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    Just putting it out there!
    DO NOT have a colonoscopy unless you've researched the Dr and ask questions why this invasive procedure is needed!
    This is more dangerous than they claim.
    Research the dangers and you'll see that the equipment cannot be 100% sterilized and that Hepititis and HIV has been traced back to that.
    The prep in and of itself can and will cause IC.
    For me it's been 3 years of total hell and lots of money and Drs later to look at me like I'm mental.
    I know without a doubt this colonoscopy IS the culprit of my problems.
    My symptoms happened directly after the procedure,and I mean right afterwards.
    The Dr who did this REFUSED me a follow up the next day for complications to boot!
    Ended up in the ER scared and confused!
    Anyway there are many different scenarios on how or why IC occurs,just beware and don't believe or trust a Drs opinion if instinct tells you otherwise.
    (Think about it) have you ever been looked at like you nuts and they don't listen to YOU?

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  • Tuckersmom
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    Well, I was forced into agreeing to a colonoscopy due to repetitive bouts of severe abdominal pain. (Severe to the point of the pain causing near blackouts). This was September of 2012. They found NOTHING, no inflammation, no polyps.
    Last edited by Tuckersmom; 05-14-2013, 05:04 AM. Reason: Left date of procedure out of my post.

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  • Tina57
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    Boy not me,I'm certain my gastro Dr. caused my IC.
    Never one problem with bladder until the procedure!
    That very day I was in very bad pain and burning.
    He still denies this but I know better!
    Found out since how really unsafe & unsanitary a colonoscopy truly is!

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  • Tuckersmom
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    My mother has a 2 centimeter aortic aneurism. She just found that out this week. They are just going to keep a close eye on it for now. My mom had a major heart attack last Thursday evening. 100% blockage in one artery, which they stented. Once hospitalized she was diagnosed with double pneumonia. She has COPD/Emphysema really bad, and will be going home with a nebulizer and oxygen. My mom is 79 years old.

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  • Julie B
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    I am 52 and I do hear you about the preventative tests. It sometimes seems like I am going to the doctors all the time.........but I had an inexpensive cardiac screening done last March that (via a long and convoluted way) ended up with me being diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. If THAT isn't something you have to wrap your mind around! lol The good news is that I know and they are able to watch it. No more roller coasters/car accidents/lifting heavy things for me, but when it comes time I will gladly have the surgery. I don't have grandchildren yet, but God willing, I intend to hang around to rock a few before I pass on to the next life.

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  • Tuckersmom
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    Originally posted by Mothergoose View Post
    I don't know your age, colonoscpies have a big place in our preventative health care.

    A friend of mine was doing something, he knew something was off with his bowel habits, but figured he would finish what he was doing, then go to the Dr.

    So he put off going to the Dr by about a month, turned out he had colon cancer, and it had spread, he did end up dying from this, his Dr. said of course he could not say for sure but that month may have made a difference.

    But ulimately our health care comes down to our decissions good or bad.

    MG
    I am 55 years old.

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  • ICNDonna
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    The only problem I had with a colonoscopy was a rude physician! The prep wasn't fun and I did spend something like three hours very close to the bathroom, but there was no IC flare from it. When I am due for another I will go to a different doctor.

    My husband had open heart surgery eleven years ago. It took about six months for him to recover, but it was so worth it. If I ever need this kind of surgery, I will definitely go for it.


    Donna

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  • Mothergoose
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    I don't know your age, colonoscpies have a big place in our preventative health care.

    A friend of mine was doing something, he knew something was off with his bowel habits, but figured he would finish what he was doing, then go to the Dr.

    So he put off going to the Dr by about a month, turned out he had colon cancer, and it had spread, he did end up dying from this, his Dr. said of course he could not say for sure but that month may have made a difference.

    But ulimately our health care comes down to our decissions good or bad.

    MG

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  • Tuckersmom
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    The only reason I do Pap Smears and Mammograms is because, if I don't, my doctor will not continue prescribing the HRT that I'm on for Menopause. The HRT combined with Xanax keeps me sane.

    I won't do a colonoscopy because I am not afraid to die, and I mean that. If I needed open heart surgery to save my life, I would not have it done. If I get cancer, I don't want treatments. I am ready to exit planet Earth, and am looking forward to it.

    Modern medicine has many ways available to prolong life, I'm just not buying into it. I see people --- my parents, as one example --- who are still living into their 80's and 90's because they've had heart surgeries, etc. But what is the quality of their lives? They live in pain every day, and are quite miserable because of it. There is a reason our bodies age. We are progressing toward death, which is a natural part of the circle of life.

    For those of you who love life and want to stick around as long as possible, by all means get the preventative tests done. I'm just stating my personal choice.

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  • irfran
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    Tucker's Mom who sounded just like me until a few years ago. I did not have blood but something else that was not normal.

    They found the type of polyp (sp?) that could turn to cancer. If I had not had the colonoscopy I might be singing another tune now.

    I remember my gyne telling me about 10 years ago that it was time for a colonoscopy. I told her that I had to die from something and it might just be that. Well, I was wrong. It is an important test.

    Depending on the prep used, a colonoscopy isn't too bad.

    Okay, it is now time to make an appt. for my mammo. Your post reminded that I am overdue for my mammo. Thanks.

    Fran

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  • Tuckersmom
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    I'm not ever going to do a colonoscopy unless there is blood in my stool. There are just too many 'preventive' tests, in my opinion. Mammograms, Pap Smears, Bone Density, on and on, ad infinitum. After all, we have to die of something!

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  • QueenMellyBee
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    I detest Gatorade, and recently got-off Elmiron.......even more reason for me to have flared with a colonoscopy prep. But I was fine - and I drank all the Gatorade I needed to

    If you don't already know for sure if you are triggered by Gatorade, then ask your gastro for another method of prep. There are other paths.

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  • irfran
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    If you find it offensive to drink, try drinking it through a straw. Also, ask the doc if you can chill the prep. Might make it easier to drink. .

    I've never had the moviprep so I really can't say how it might taste.

    Good luck.............I don't have to get another for 2 years and it is not something I look forward to getting done but ya do what ya gotta do.

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  • AnewLiz
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    I just picked up the colon prep. It is called MoviPrep. It has sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, POTASSIUM chloride, sodium ascorbate and and ascorbic acid. I will have to talk to my ob/gyn and ask if he thinks the chemicals will bring on a flare. MoviPrep...sounds more like a potential nightmare prep. YIKES.
    BTW: Whether I flare or not, colon cancer screening is an essential procedure. I will have to endure. Have a restful weekend.

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  • irfran
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    I also did the Miralax, Ducoloax, Gatorade prep and had no problems. My doctor permitted me to take Prelief with the Gatorade. You might want to ask your doctor if it would be okay for you to take Prelief.

    I think the blue Gatorade may have been Arctic Ice (not sure).

    With this prep, it is really easy to do. No bad taste!!!

    Good luck.

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